Grant Also Includes Funds for Women/Minority Recruiting
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,
April 30, 2009 – Southeast Missouri State University senior Rachel Clark, an industrial technology major from Lincoln, Ill., is this year’s recipient of the Procter & Gamble Women and Minority scholarship. The $1,500 scholarship is part of a joint program between Southeast and Procter & Gamble entitled “Meeting the Employment Needs of Southeast Missouri by Increasing the Diversity of Students Pursuing Technical Degrees.”
Procter & Gamble recently awarded a grant of $10,000 to the Southeast Missouri University Foundation for this program, $5,000 of which will go to the corporation’s existing endowed scholarship for women and minority students. The remaining $5,000 will be used for promotion and recruitment activities to attract potential minority and female students to the University’s engineering and technology programs.
Women and minorities are still under-represented in engineering and technology fields, according to Dr. Randy Shaw, dean of Southeast’s School of Polytechnic Studies. The partnership between Southeast and Procter & Gamble – Cape Girardeau is designed to address this issue by preparing and developing women and minority students for these fields. Southeast’s industrial and engineering technology program trains students to enter the technology profession in various capacities and positions, including those needed at the Cape Girardeau Procter & Gamble facility, Shaw said.