FIRST Scholarship Provider Testimonials

"WPI is all about hands-on, collaborative project work-education with real world relevance.  We have found that traditional high school measures of merit don’t consistently identify students well-prepared for this challenge.  Twelve years ago, we realized that successful participation in the FIRST team experience could be a good indicator.  Over the years, we have been thrilled with the quality and success of our FIRST-alumni students.  Our FIRST scholarship recipients in particular have proven to be excellent investments into our student body.  From our point of view, the scholarship program is win-win-good for the students, great for WPI!"     

     -- Ken Stafford, Director Robotics Resource Center, Worcester Polytechnic Institute

"As my company has been involved with FIRST for the past 4 years, we decided to increase our impact and offer scholarships to select participants of the 2010 competition. The FIRST organization attracts such a high caliber of students that it made our selection process a difficult, but enjoyable one. We were able to directly affect the students in a way that our company never has before."

      -- Greg Vigil, Director, Industrial Business Development, Gates Corporation

"Reaching out to our FIRST young women has increased the quality of our scholarship candidates."

      -- Marie Laplante, Section Representative, Society of Women Engineers, Houston Area

"In past years we have found that students with FIRST experience while in high school have performed better academically and are much more likely to continue as engineering majors than students who lacked that experience. We consider our FIRST Scholarship program as a great way to identify academically superior students who are most likely to graduate with engineering degrees. Those are exactly the type of students that our donors want to support with engineering-funded scholarships. Once again, thank you for allowing us the opportunity to participate in this excellent program." 
Dave Donley, Scholarship/Honors Coordinator, Ohio State University - College of Engineering

"Our Delphi FIRSTRobotics Scholarship has helped us to reach a pool of students with leadership skills far beyond those of most seniors in high school. The program complements our other recruitment initiatives."

     -- Joey Grzeskowiak, Engineering Scholarship Office, University of Michigan College of Engineering

"I must stress how impressed we were with the overall capabilities and talents of all of the FIRST Scholarship applicants.  The applicants presented excellent academic qualifications and tremendous abilities or creative thinking, teamwork and team support.  All of which are qualities which will carry them well throughout their college years and into life."

     -- Mary K. Catalfamo, Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admissions, Drexel University 

FIRST is a lifestyle at Kettering – a gracious professionalism culture. We started offering FIRST Scholarships in 1999, making Kettering the third university in the country to do that.  Along the way, we recruited great students who are a perfect fit for our University and co-op employers, and who now are great alumni. FIRST has been life changing for all of us.  And once you’re in the FIRST family you stay!”

     -- Bob Nichols, Director of External Affairs, Kettering University