The college will honor engineering scholarship recipients and the many donors whose gifts make these scholarships possible at the annual Engineering Scholarship Banquet on Oct. 14. The college awarded scholarships to 985 students for 2011-12; about 100 students and 78 donors are expected to attend the banquet.
More than $2.2 million in scholarships will be awarded this year, up from $1.6 million last year. The college doubled the number of scholarship offers to students admitted for Fall 2011, and included $543,000 in freshmen merit awards (up from $236,000 last year) and $213,000 in BOLD freshmen awards (up from $68,000 last year).
In addition to helping individual students to continue their education, this year's scholarship awards have resulted in the most highly qualified and most diverse first-year class in history. The college's Fall 2011 entering class includes 26.2 percent women and 15.1 percent underrepresented students, the highest percentages ever in both categories. Twenty-two Boettcher semi-finalists also enrolled as CU engineering freshmen this year, compared with 8 last year. The entering class had an average combined SAT of 1291 and an average composite ACT of 29.1, which also are the highest ever. The college plans to continue the increased level of scholarship awards if funding is available.
Thirty-five recipients of the Achievement Rewards for College Students (ARCS) scholarship from Colorado schools will be honored at the annual ARCS luncheon, hosted this year at CU-Boulder on Nov. 9. Among the recipients are CU engineering students Jennifer Mindock of aerospace engineering sciences, Brandi Briggs of mechanical engineering, Daniel Knights of computer science, and Dane Taylor of applied mathematics.
Civil engineering Professor Bernard Amadei also will be honored at this year's banquet as the ARCS Foundation Honoree of the Year for 2011-12 in recognition of his contributions to the scientific community.
Colorado Space Grant students participated in a launch manifest review of the DANDE satellite on Oct. 5 with representatives from the Department of Defense Space Test Program and the Air Force Office of Scientific Research. CU-Boulder students designed and built DANDE, a spherical, low Earth orbiting satellite designed to measure drag in the upper atmosphere.
Twenty undergraduate students who currently comprise the DANDE satellite team represented the project for its Oct. 5 review, which marks the first milestone. The DANDE satellite is currently manifested to launch in March 2012 on a SpaceX Falcon 9.
Congratulations to the following individuals on their outstanding achievements:
Welcome to the following new instructors and scholars in the college: