Allene Denise Manning, Assistant Director of Minority Engineering Programs at Purdue, is the Scholarship Administrator for MEP.

Today, few families are able to afford the cost of a college education. The average cost of a four year college is well over $20,000 per academic year. It takes a little research to find the right sources for financial assistance for college students.

Students and parents need to be aware of ongoing awards available to students. Every student should dedicate time to searching through on-line scholarship opportunities. Many students have found more than enough support to off-set student loans as they matriculate through their engineering programs.

The internet offers sources of federal and state grants that are searchable by category. There are student specific, subject specific, degree level, and minority awards, as well as awards for women, non-traditional students, first generation students, need-based and merit based awards.

Remember, many sources exist for free and clear grant money! Start as early as your junior year in high school. Continue your search throughout undergraduate and graduate school! Where there is a need, there is a way! Don't stop searching! Here are some links that all students should have and use!

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