Pathways for Future Engineers Program @VT

Pathways for Future Engineers Program at Virginia Tech Invites Applications from Rising 10th Grade Students (future first-generation college students)

Rising 10th grade students in Virginia are invited to apply to become a Pathways Scholar through the Pathways for Future Engineers program in the Virginia Tech College of Engineering. The Pathways Scholar program is an all-expenses covered program in the Center for the Enhancement of Engineering Diversity that supports first-generation students and their families on the pathway from high school to an engineering degree. To enhance a new cohort of high school Pathways Scholars, the program seeks applications specifically from rising 10th grade students in Virginia.

The Pathways Scholar program includes the following:

Summer Program

Our 2020 Cohort of Pathways Scholars will receive full scholarships to attend our Pathways 2020 Summer program, a virtual engineering experience, scheduled for July 11th – 25th. This virtual experience will explore different academic and research programs in the College of Engineering at Virginia Tech and will include fun online engineering activities and challenges. This program also includes experiences designed to encourage success in college including programs on personal health, financial planning for families, and career planning. In addition, all students will participate in a team-based, problem-solving design experience in conjunction with the Virginia Department of Transportation with support from engineering students and professionals.

Campus Visits (as conditions allow)

Multiple opportunities to attend campus events and meet College of Engineering faculty and students leading up to college with all expenses covered for Pathways Scholars and a Pathways Partner (e.g., a parent, teacher, mentor, or other significant adult)

College Application Support

Support for students and families on financial aid, college applications, SAT/ACT testing, and admissions essays

Building Community

Connect with current Virginia Tech students, faculty, and staff as well as other prospective students from the state of Virginia

All Program Costs Covered for Pathways Scholars

Students selected as Pathways Scholars participate in pathways experiences for free.


Virginia high school students currently in 9th grade (rising 10th grade) who are first generation (i.e., neither parent has a bachelor’s degree) are encouraged to apply.

How to Apply

Applications can be completed online at this linkDeadline to apply is May 15, 2020.

For more information, please contact:

Perry D. Martin

Pathways for Future Engineers at Virginia Tech

[email protected]

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