Eastern Michigan University among 10 universities worldwide selected to award prestigious scholarship honoring former Ford Motor Company chief Alan Mulally

College of Technology student to receive $10,000 award this coming academic year; scholarship reflects EMU’s deep ties with automotive industry

An EMU student working on a vehicle in a COT classroom.

YPSILANTI – Ford Motor Company Fund has made Eastern Michigan University one of just 10 universities in the world to receive a special $10,000 scholarship, to be awarded this coming academic year.Ford fund logo

The Alan Mulally Leadership in Engineering Scholarship honors Ford’s former President and Chief Executive Officer, who stepped down from that role in July 2014. The scholarship will be awarded to a currently enrolled student in the EMU College of Technology, $5,000 during the fall 2019 semester and $5,000 during the winter semester.

Ford selects a total of 10 universities annually for the scholarship; five in the United States and five international institutions. Along with Eastern Michigan, the other U.S.-based institutions to receive the scholarship for the 2019-2020 academic year are Carnegie Mellon, Michigan Tech, Georgia Tech and Purdue.

The international universities are, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China; Monash University, Australia; RWTH-Aachen, Germany; SENAI CIMATEC, Brazil; and the University of Waterloo, in Canada.

“We are delighted and proud to be one of the universities selected by Ford Motor Company to award this prestigious and highly competitive scholarship for the coming academic year,” said Mohamad Qatu, dean of the College of Technology. “This award reflects the rigor and relevance of our engineering programs, the excellence of our students and faculty, along with our deep connection to the Michigan automotive industry and the changes and innovations it is undergoing in the 21st century.”

Ford Fund Global Education Programs Analyst Farah Harb said, “A passion for education, and the importance of education in driving economic and human development – comes from our company’s founder, Henry Ford. He believed passionately in the transformational impact that education can have in people’s lives. We hope that this scholarship will help relieve some of the financial burden students face as well as allow them to Go Further in their academic success and career.”

To be considered for the scholarship, students have to be entering their sophomore or junior years of study, meeting the specified 3.5 minimum GPA requirement, pursuing a degree related in some way to automotive engineering, and have demonstrated leadership skills in academic or community-based settings.

Requirements for the scholarship include: one recommendation letter from a faculty member; a one-page essay (400-500 words) describing one’s interest in automotive engineering, leadership roles held, and why they’re the best candidate for the scholarship; and an interview with the scholarship committee.

Application materials must be submitted by Friday, March 15, 2019. Application materials can be delivered by one of several ways:

• By email to: bia.hamed@emich.edu or

• In person to: CoT Student Service Office at 150 Sill Hall, or:

• By US mail to: Eastern Michigan University, College of Technology, Att: Scholarship Committee, 150 Sill Hall, Ypsilanti, MI 48197. All materials should be placed in an envelope addressed to the Scholarship Committee.

Finalists will be notified after March 22, 2019, and will be invited to interview with the Scholarship Committee. A final decision will be made by April 3, 2019.

About Eastern Michigan University

Founded in 1849, Eastern is the second oldest public university in Michigan. It currently serves more than 19,000 students pursuing undergraduate, graduate, specialist, doctoral and certificate degrees in the arts, sciences and professions. In all, more than 300 majors, minors and concentrations are delivered through the University's Colleges of Arts and Sciences; Business; Education; Health and Human Services; Technology, and its graduate school. EMU is regularly recognized by national publications for its excellence, diversity, and commitment to applied education. For more information about Eastern Michigan University, visit the University's website.

February 20, 2019

Written by:
Geoff Larcom

Geoff Larcom