NACME Ford Scholars

Application Close on October 31, 2021

To apply, register on the NACME website and apply to the “Ford – HS Bridge Scholars” Program

In partnership with the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering (NACME) the Ford NACME Southeast Michigan Bridge Scholars Program is a multi-year program for students in the Detroit metropolitan area to explore engineering as a profession and develop student skills to confidently pursue STEM fields.

Each summer will consist of a 10-day program where students will explore engineering by using math and science principles to solve real world engineering problems. During the school year, students will be paired with a NACME engineering mentor and participate in mentorship meetings centered around student academic and personal success, and engineering as a profession. This program will be held virtually for the 2021 Season.

EligibilityPriceProgram Dates
Current 11th Grade Students of the Detroit Metropolitan AreaFreeTBD


Scholars who gain admission into an engineering or computer science program at the University of Michigan or any NACME Partner Institution will also have priority access to a renewable $2500 Ford NACME Bridge Scholarship, a value of $10K over 4 years. The scholars will have priority access to interview for internships at Ford Motor Company.


NACME Ford Scholars will receive an overview of Engineering concepts in order to develop a well rounded understanding of engineering majors and professions. Relevant, challenging, and grade-appropriate science and math concepts are introduced to assist students as they engage in project-based learning.

The curriculum will change year-to-year based on scholar and instructor feedback. Scholars can anticipate engaging in challenging projects that are specifically designed to impart essential skills that lead to success in the Engineering field. During Summer 2021 students learned block coding and later converted it to JavaScript to code an autonomous gyroscope.


At Engineering OnRamp, we recognize that success in the College of Engineering depends on students having a wide array of skills that go beyond math and science knowledge. EO101 is a curriculum developed by our staff to discuss both hard and soft skills that are necessary for academic, social and personal success and persistence in a competitive institution of higher education, like the University of Michigan. Topics include persistence, self-advocacy, finance, college admissions, emotional wellbeing, and much more! Specific topics are chosen based on program content, grade level and are included in all of our programs.

Alumni, Faculty, & Student Engagement

Throughout the program students will get a taste of their potential future with Michigan Engineering. Panel discussions with current undergraduate students, lectures from Faculty about their research, and presentations by Michigan Engineering Alumni about their careers in their field are built into the programming.


Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, our team has made the public health informed decision to provide our summer programs virtually for the duration of the 2021 season. Student safety is at the forefront of our priorities. Last summer we were able to host robust virtual programming with hands-on at home projects led by our instructors.

*All Engineering OnRamp Participants must be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident of the U.S