(February 3, 2016) AT&T, as part of the AT&T Aspire initiative, has announced a $15,000 contribution to the McNeese State University Foundation to provide 10 engineering scholarships to eligible undergraduate students seeking a bachelor’s degree in engineering with a focus in chemical, civil, electrical or mechanical engineering. Academically qualified first generation college students and under-represented student populations are encouraged to apply for the scholarships.
“The job market in the Southwest Louisiana region has grown and changed tremendously over the past 10 years. Although the region remains strong in oil and gas, there has been a tremendous increase in the importance of an engineering workforce to our job market and society. The need for trained engineers at all levels is on the rise as the use of computers and automation has spread to almost all sectors of our economy,” stated state Sen. Dan W. "Blade" Morrish (R-Jennings). “We are fortunate to have McNeese State University recognize that our state will need thousands of workers to fill both skilled and STEM-related jobs to meet the demands of the billions of dollars in new projects.”
“We greatly appreciate the support from policy makers and education advocates like Sen. Morrish who understand that the value of education goes beyond a diploma,” said Richard Reid, McNeese vice president for university advancement and executive vice president for the McNeese Foundation. “Today, engineers must work in an increasingly complex and international environment and our graduates must be prepared to quickly acclimate to these jobs and the challenges they bring.”
“The more than 2 million non-farm employees created in Louisiana range from skilled workers to STEM-related jobs,” said Donna Byrne, AT&T regional manager. “It’s imperative we prepare our 21st century workforce to problem-solve and identify emerging trends that will transform our global society and marketplace.”
AT&T Aspire funding recipients include non-profits, schools and school districts around the country that will expand programs to serve additional students, to add components to strengthen the program