The Chicago Engineers’ Foundation (CEF) encourages our city’s young people to pursue careers in engineering by recognizing their talents and providing them with financial assistance for their engineeering studies. What began in the early 1960s as a modest effort to encourage study in the fields of engineering has grown into an annual incentive award program in which the CEF donated over $70,000 in incentive awards to over 80 students in 2011.
The CEF provides incentive awards to graduating seniors of Chicago high schools who are admitted to accredited college or university engineering programs. For those award winners who maintain satisfactory grade point averages, the CEF continues to make annual awards throughout their college careers and at graduation. In addition to assisting the students financially, the CEF encourages the award winners to form a professional network among themselves that they can call on as they progress in the field of engineering. The CEF also fosters professional relationships with other engineering societies as a Steering Committee member of the Illinois Engineering Council’s Chicagoland Engineers Week.
See what CEF award winning students have to say about the program:
- Marcel, a sophomore at Michigan State: “A CEF Incentive Award provides me with a support group.”
- Alicia, a sophomore at the University of Illinois: What excites me about engineering is seeing what the future can look like. I am a research assistant studying self-healing carbon fibers. Imagine a world where aircraft and car scratches self heal! Engineers create a better future.”
- Anthony, a junior at Milwaukee School of Engineering: “The CEF Incentive Award allows me to buy books that otherwise I may not be able to afford.”
- Adam, a senior at the University of Illinois: “I feel accepted and confident that I will reach my goal.”
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