ComEd fills tuition gap for 10 local engineering students pursuing STEM careers
CHICAGO–(COMMERCIAL THREAD) – To promote equity in higher education and STEM, and a workforce that reflects the diverse communities it serves, ComEd will offer scholarships that will fill the education gap not covered by aid financial support to 10 Chicagoland students pursuing engineering studies. These students make up the 2021 ComEd Scholars class and attend the Illinois Institute of Technology (Illinois Tech) and the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC).
“ComEd is proud to help deserving students from underserved communities achieve their higher education goals,” said Michelle Blaise, senior vice president of technical services at ComEd and Illinois Tech alumnus in mechanical engineering. “The past year has been incredibly difficult. We hope that our support can enable these wonderful students and leaders of tomorrow to receive the education necessary to create innovative changes in their fields and inspire their communities and future generations. ”
The ComEd Scholars program, now in its third year, offers scholarships to students pursuing STEM studies that cover education-related costs that exceed financial aid. ComEd Fellows also have the opportunity to interview for internships at ComEd and its parent company, Exelon, and are encouraged to participate in a mentorship program with ComEd engineers. Since the inception of the ComEd Scholars program in 2019, 22 students have been supported.
To be eligible for the program, students must be recommended by their respective schools. Each school’s financial aid office, in partnership with educational advisors and ComEd, then identifies the top performing students facing financial difficulties to continue their studies. Potential recipients then submit a personal statement, application for financial assistance, and transcripts.
“For the third year in a row, ComEd continues to expand access to education and opportunities for students keen to impact the future and advance technology for all,” said Raj Echambadi, president of Illinois Tech. “ComEd’s substantial commitment will enable these Illinois Tech academics to serve as driven innovators and, ultimately, technology leaders of the future. ”
“ComEd’s long-term commitment to UIC students and their academic endeavors, especially in these unprecedented times, exemplifies what it means to create equitable pathways for the next generation of leaders and change makers in the world. the field of engineering ”, added Kendal Parker, director of UIC CHANCE.
ComEd 2021 fellows are:
- Eduardo David Calix-Ortiz – a third year student from the Gage Park neighborhood of Chicago, pursuing a degree in electrical engineering and computer engineering at Illinois Tech.
- Joshua Coburn – a sophomore from Chicago’s Edgewater neighborhood, pursuing a mechanical engineering degree at Illinois Tech.
- Joshua Evan Campbell – a second year student from the Jeffery Manor neighborhood of Chicago, pursuing a computer engineering degree at UIC.
- Lea Davis – a freshman from the Near West Side of Chicago, pursuing a degree in civil engineering at UIC.
- Laurent Chenille – a second year student from the Bronzeville district of Chicago, pursuing a degree in computer science at UIC.
- Camren McGee – a second year student from the South Shore neighborhood of Chicago, pursuing a degree in industrial engineering at UIC.
- Rashaun Mohammed – a third year student from Dolton, Ill., Pursuing a degree in industrial engineering at UIC.
- Ramon Orozco – a third year student from Lyon, Ill., Pursuing a civil engineering degree at UIC.
- Cristóbal Soto – a freshman from Maywood, Ill., Pursuing a mechanical engineering degree at UIC.
- Juliana Soto – a freshman from Maywood, Ill., Pursuing a mechanical engineering degree at UIC.
ComEd is a unit of Chicago-based Exelon Corporation (NASDAQ: EXC), a Fortune 100 energy company with approximately 10 million electricity and natural gas customers – the largest number of customers in the United States ComEd powers the lives of more than 4 million customers across northern Illinois, or 70 percent of the state’s population. For more information, visit ComEd.com and connect with the company on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.
Located in the heart of one of the world’s largest cities, the University of Illinois at Chicago is the city’s largest university and the only public research institution. Its 16 university colleges serve more than 34,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students. UIC is recognized as one of the most ethnically rich and culturally diverse campuses in the country, a leader in providing access to under-represented students. With one of the nation’s largest medical colleges and colleges of dentistry, pharmacy, public health, nursing, social work, and applied health sciences, UIC is the premier educator of professionals state health care provider and a major health care provider to underserved communities. UIC students become professionals in fields ranging from law and business to engineering, education, liberal arts and sciences, urban planning and social work, as well as architecture, design. and the arts. UIC is an integral part of the educational, technological and cultural fabric of one of the largest cities in the world.
Illinois Institute of Technology, also known as Illinois Tech, is a private, technology-driven research university. Illinois Tech is the only university of its kind in Chicago, and its location in Chicago provides students with access to the world-class resources of a major global metropolis. It offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in engineering, computer science, architecture, business, design, science and humanities, and law. Illinois Tech, one of 22 institutions that make up the Association of Independent Technological Universities, offers an exceptional education focused on active learning, and its graduates lead the state and much of the nation into economic prosperity. . Illinois Tech uniquely prepares students for success in professions that require technological sophistication, an innovative mindset, and an entrepreneurial spirit. Visit iit.edu.