Engineering Freshmen are E3 Marathon Scholars

By: Shannon Frohme
Date: April 12, 2016

15 College of Engineering and Applied Science freshmen are awarded Emerging Ethnic Engineers (E3) Marathon scholarships every school year to be utilized towards the E3 Dr. Edward N. Prather Summer Bridge Scholars program.

Marathon Petroleum

The Marathon Petroleum Company Scholars program covers up to $5,000 toward the cost of 15 students’ participation in the CEAS E3’s bridge program, a seven-week residential program for incoming students. This program grants underrepresented ethnic CEAS students the opportunity to enhance foundational skills needed to flourish in their rigorous first-year of CEAS and other STEM courses, before they enter their first year of college.

The Marathon Petroleum Company Scholars program also provides up to $10,000 to cover the cost of tuition during a student’s freshman year.

Andrew Brown, E3 Marathon Scholar

Andrew Brown, E3 Marathon Scholar

Tony Moore, Marathon Petroleum Company’s (MPC) supervisor of talent acquisition speaks on behalf of the MPC co-op student journey, “Our co-op students will find that all of us at MPC are committed to their success. From day one, they will jump into a working environment with real projects, real budgets and real business goals. No coffee-fetchers here – all of our interns and co-ops work on assignments that impact our bottom line, giving them real-world, hands-on experience alongside co-workers and supervisors who have made the same journey.”

“The program is rigorous, but it allows minority students to fully understand basic but pertinent courses such as calculus, chemistry, physics and english. Because of the E3 Summer Bridges Scholars program, I feel as if I had a strong handle on my first two semesters at CEAS,” says Andrew Brown, CEAS freshman majoring in mechanical engineering.

Brown, a Marathon scholar and CEAS scholarship recipient, is most interested in research areas pertaining to transportation as well as nanotechnology. Brown’s immersion into the E3 Summer Bridge Scholars program prepped him for success in the CEAS Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering (MME) mechanical engineering program.

Ken Simonson, Director of the CEAS E3 Program

Ken Simonson, Director of the CEAS E3 Program

“The Marathon Scholars initiative is significant with regard to our ability to assist E3 students in paying for college. The ability to attract and retain underrepresented ethnic STEM students is a national challenge. The Marathon Scholars program allows for us to provide financial support within an academic infrastructure that increases our student’s chances for success,” states Ken Simonson, director of the E3 program.

“Not only did this program improve my time management skills, but I left with a large network of CEAS faculty, students and engineering companies,” states Benjamin Merquez, computer engineering student, Marathon scholar, Cincinnatus and CEAS scholarship recipient.

Congratulations to the following freshmen CEAS students who received 2015-16 E3 Marathon Scholarships:

  • Macen Cancino, chemical engineering
  • Landon Engle, chemical engineering
  • Patricia Ladipo, chemical engineering
  • Sincerrai Gentry, construction management 
  • Justin Taylor, construction management
  • Benjamin Marquez, computer engineering 
  • Bryan Huddleston, computer science
  • Waddington Mannings, computer science 
  • Andrea Nnachetam, computer science 
  • Justin Boamah, electrical engineering
  • Thomas Hollovary, electrical engineering
  • Jeremy Triggs, electrical engineering
  • Sophia Long, environmental engineering
  • Andrew Brown, mechanical engineering 
  • Evan Ellis, mechanical engineering

About the Emerging Ethnic Engineers (E3) Program

The Emerging Ethnic Engineers (E3) Program is a comprehensive, nationally respected program which seeks to increase the number of African-American, Latino/a, and Native American students in the College of Engineering and Applied Science (CEAS) while helping such students achieve excellence in college and beyond. The program includes several pre-college outreach programs, as well as campus-wide recruitment and retention activities.