Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology Launches New STEM Scholars Program

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Backed by a $10 million gift, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology has launched a first-of-its kind college-based merit and leadership scholars program designed to transform the world’s most gifted STEM students into future science and industry leaders.

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“By establishing a nationally recognized merit scholars program, we’ll continue to provide the personal attention that is the hallmark of a Rose-Hulman education but in exciting new ways that will bring transformative societal change." - Robert Coons, President, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

Backed by a $10 million gift, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology has launched a first-of-its kind college-based merit and leadership scholars program designed to transform the world’s most gifted science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) students into future science and industry leaders.

The program gives the nation’s best and brightest students the opportunity to study, travel the world and expand their leadership skills at Rose-Hulman, one of America’s premier STEM colleges. The institute has a rigorous academic environment filled with individual attention and support that produces graduates that are in demand by a long list of companies and top graduate school programs.

The $10 million gift from alumnus Niles Noblitt and his wife, Nancy, is funding the Noblitt Scholars program. This support will provide participating students with enhanced scholarships up to the cost of full tuition.

“We wanted to establish a program that will enable our students to make a positive impact on environmental, infrastructure, health care and other major challenges as soon as possible,” said Niles Noblitt, a 1973 Rose-Hulman biological engineering alumnus and current board chairman. He co-founded Biomet, Inc., a medical device company in Warsaw, Indiana now known as Zimmer Biomet. “This program will further unlock the tremendous potential of Rose-Hulman’s talented and hard-working student body,” he said.

A dedicated faculty program director will serve as a mentor for the scholars, as students identify an area of interest or passion where they can make a meaningful impact, with the mentor encouraging pursuit of discovery, mastery and leadership in those fields.

Each scholar will also have the opportunity to participate in educational travel, mentoring, and leadership development workshops.

“We are extremely grateful to Nancy and Niles for their generosity and commitment to the success of our students,” said Rose-Hulman President Robert A. Coons. “By establishing a nationally recognized merit scholars program, we’ll continue to provide the personal attention that is the hallmark of a Rose-Hulman education but in exciting new ways that will bring transformative societal change. I believe this gift will also be transformational to the institute, helping to position Rose-Hulman as a national leader in educating students in STEM fields.”

After a rigorous selection process, including interviews with faculty and Rose-Hulman alumni from across the U.S., 81 first-year students from all over the world were selected to become the inaugural class of Noblitt Scholars, beginning with the 2020-21 academic year. The diverse group helped Rose-Hulman develop its largest class of incoming freshmen since 2017.

Highlights of the inaugural Noblitt Scholars class include:

  • 47% of the students are female
  • 76% are from outside Indiana
  • 21% of the students are African American
  • International students hail from China, South Korea and India

Looking ahead, the program will add approximately 55 first-year students annually. Noblitt Scholars will remain in the program for their entire four years at Rose-Hulman.

Rose-Hulman’s Early Action application deadline to enter the institute for the 2021-22 school year and be considered for the Noblitt Scholars and other scholarship programs is Nov. 1, 2020.

To learn more about the Noblitt Scholars Program visit http://www.rose-hulman.edu/NoblittScholars.

About Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
Founded in 1874, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology is dedicated to preparing its students with the world’s best undergraduate science, engineering and mathematics education in an environment infused with innovation, intellectual rigor and individualized attention. The institute is consistently recognized nationally as an elite STEM school for distinctions that include faculty excellence, return on investment, value added and career services. Career placement is near 100 percent year after year. Six of the college’s professors are listed in the Princeton Review’s Best 300 Professors book. Located in Terre Haute, Indiana, Rose-Hulman has an enrollment of approximately 2,000 undergraduate students and nearly 100 graduate students. Learn more at http://www.rose-hulman.edu.

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