SITE Scholars

Program Description

The SITE (Scholarships in Information Technology and Engineering) Scholars Program is a National Science Foundation funded grant that aims to benefit academically talented students showing financial need. The grant was awarded to CWIT for a period of four years from 2007-2011. Funding for this grant will end as of October 2011. In that four-year period, 30 SITE Scholarships were granted to new and transfer students in engineering and IT majors at UMBC. To date, 18 SITE Scholars have graduated from UMBC and 11 are still pursuing degrees at UMBC.

The scholarships ranged up to the full cost of tuition per year for a maximum of four years. Scholarships were available to students in the following majors: Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Information Systems, and Mechanical Engineering. Scholars were provided a faculty mentor who guided them throughout their college careers, providing academic support, career advice, and other resources pertinent to a scholar’s success. Monthly meetings assured that the scholar was performing well in important areas needed for one’s achievement in an academically rigorous environment. Study groups amongst scholars were also arranged to foster academic success and cooperative learning.

Current scholars have excelled in the academic and professional setting, securing internships at businesses such as Northrop Grumman, Lockheed Martin, NASA Goddard, T. Rowe Price, and more. Numerous resources are provided to give scholars an edge in today’s competitive job market. SITE Scholars are expected to maintain a preferred 3.0 cumulative GPA throughout their undergraduate experience at UMBC.

To learn more about SITE, please visit the NSF Award Abstract or contact CWIT at 410-455-2822 or at