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Excel Scholars
The goal of our Excel Scholars program is to identify promising cadets from historically underrepresented groups and nurture them to be a resource to the nation through academic excellence. There are various programs at the Academy that support the retention and matriculation of struggling cadets, however to date there does not exist a program that provides the top cadets from historically underrepresented groups with the mentoring necessary to excel. The overall goal will be to increase GPAs (e.g. move the needle from a GPA of 3.2 to 3.7) enabling them to be more competitive for scholarships their senior year.
At every stage of the program each Excel scholar will be invited to monthly shared experiences that will enhance their development (e.g. trips to meet the Congressional Black Caucus, fireside discussions with leaders from historically underrepresented groups, art events, etc.) The goal of the monthly experiences is to provide a platform for developing networking skills and role models.
Fellowship Winners Who Were Previous Alumni of the Excel Scholars Program
Congratulations to Cadet Sam Ellis, Class of 2012, for being the National Consortium for Graduate Degrees for Minorities in Engineering and Science and the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellows Program. Upon graduation Ellis will begin his graduate studies in Industrial Engineering at Northwestern University's McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science.
Congratulations to Cadet Antonia Allen, Class of 2013, for being awarded the National Consortium for Graduate Degrees for Minorities in Engineering and Science M. S. Fellowship. Upon graduation Allen will begin her graduate studies in Electrical Engineering at Massachusetts's Institute of Technology.