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exxonmobil loft fellowship

Deadline: April 20, 2018

Exxon Mobil Corporation, one of the world’s largest publicly traded International oil & gas companies, has partnered with the Hispanic Heritage Foundation (HHF) to create fellowships in STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) for Hispanic college students. Through HHF’s Latinos On Fast Track (LOFT) program, ExxonMobil seeks to nurture motivated college students across the country, with a passion for Engineering and Science.

Selected students will be exposed to a top quality company by participating in this signature mentoring program. Each student will be paired up with one of ExxonMobil engineers/scientists to learn how their knowledge is applied in a corporate setting. 

Fellowship Components

The Fellowship consists of five 1-hour meetings with a mentor (virtual or in person), participation in the 
Harvard-certified ExxonMobil mentee program (on-line), an exclusive curriculum to introduce Fellows to the organization and company career opportunities, and a $1,000 educational grant. In addition, there exists the possibility to interview for ExxonMobil positions (internships/full-time) upon successful completion of the Fellowship.

Fellowship Requirements
This opportunity is highly competitive and open to 
freshman, sophomores, juniors, seniors and graduate students attending a 4-year college or university.
- Fellowship applicants with the following majors will be given priority: 
- Mechanical Engineering
- Chemical Engineering
- Civil Engineering
- Electrical Engineering
- Computer Engineering
- Geoscience

Applicants with these majors will be considered also: Chemistry, Environmental Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Material Sciences, Mathematics, Materials Engineering, Petroleum Engineering, Physics, Computer Science and Geology

Other Requirements:
- Must plan to pursue a career in the fields/majors listed above
- Have a GPA of 3.5 or higher
- Be a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident of the United States with a valid Social Security Number at the time of application. All legal permanent residents must submit a copy of their valid permanent resident card or passport stamped I-551 (not expired).

If you have questions please contact Please use "ExxonMobil LOFT Fellowship" in the subject line.This opportunity available through the LOFT program are for Hispanic students. Others interested should contact the company's website directly. 

Research Opportunities

ENSEA French american exchange (fame) program

Deadline: October 15, 2018.
The FAME program is a study abroad program - Spring semester only at our partner school ENSEA, Cergy, France. The program is specifically designed for ECE sophomore/junior students. Courses taken at ENSEA are offered in English. Students in their third year of an undergraduate ABET-accredited degree program with a major in Electrical or Computer Engineering or Computer Science. FAME program will perfectly match their junior year Spring Semester. Learn more.

NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU)

Deadline: Multiple opportunities with various deadlines.
The National Science Foundation oversees the REU program, which offers stipends supporting student research at universities nationwide, including Illinois Tech. Learn more.

Research Internships in Science and Engineering (RISE)

Deadline: The application deadline has passed for 2017. Check back for updates on this annual program.
The RISE program offers bachelor’s-level students from the United States, Canada, and the U.K. who are studying in science and engineering fields the opportunity to participate in research in Germany. Learn more.

Pathways to Science

Deadline: Multiple opportunites with various deadlines.
The Institute for Broadening Participation connects interested undergraduate and graduate students, especially underrepresented minorities, in STEM fields with paid research and internship opportunities through its Pathways to Science program. Learn more.


Internal Scholarship Opportunities

Illinois Tech offers financial aid and scholarship support– 97 percent of students receive some type of financial aid, whether it be need-based, merit-based, or both. There are also scholarship opportunities that can cover most of your college expenses. Learn more. 

External Scholarship Opportunities

Illinois Tech is committed to helping students secure additional funding from outside sources. The office of Financial Aid regularly adds outside scholarships to our Scholarship Opportunities spreadsheet. Learn more.

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