NACME Ford Scholars

Applications close on July 6, 2021

To apply, register on the NACME website and apply to the “Ford – HS Bridge Scholars” Program

In partnership with the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering (NACME) the Ford NACME Southeast Michigan Bridge Scholars Program is a 3-year program for students in the Detroit metropolitan area to explore engineering as a profession and develop student skills to confidently pursue STEM fields.

Students join the program during the summer between 10th and 11th grade. Each summer will consist of a 10-day program where students will explore engineering by using math and science principles to solve real world engineering problems. During the school year, students will be paired with a NACME engineering mentor and participate in mentorship meetings centered around student academic and personal success, and engineering as a profession. This program will be held virtually for the Summer 2021 Season.

EligibilityPriceProgram Dates
Current 10th Grade Students of the Detroit Metropolitan AreaFreeSummer ’21 Session
July 19 – July 30


Scholars who gain admission into an engineering or computer science program at University of Michigan or any NACME Partner Institution will also have priority access to a renewable $2500 Ford NACME Bridge Scholarship, a value of $10K over 4 years. The scholars will also have priority access to interview for internships at Ford Motor Company.


NACME Ford Scholars will receive an overview of Engineering concepts to give them a well rounded understanding of engineering majors and professions. Relevant, challenging, and grade-appropriate science and math concepts are introduced to assist students as they engage in project-based learning.

We have a curriculum that changes year-to-year based on scholar and instructor feedback. Each year scholars can anticipate engaging in challenging projects that are specifically designed to impart essential skills that lead to success in the Engineering field. During summer 2020, students built robots and learned about mechanical engineering and solar energy conversion. They also learned about coding on an Arduino breadboard and created their own code!


At Engineering OnRamp, we recognize that success in the College of Engineering depends on students having a wide array of skills that go beyond math and science knowledge. EO101 is a curriculum developed by our staff to discuss both hard and soft skills that are necessary for academic, social and personal success and persistence in a competitive institution of higher education, like the University of Michigan. Topics include persistence, self-advocacy, finance, college admissions, emotional wellbeing, and much more! Specific topics are chosen based on program content, grade level and are included in all of our programs.

Alumni, Faculty, & Student Engagement

Throughout the program students will get a taste of their potential future with Michigan Engineering. Panel discussions with current undergraduate students, lectures from Faculty about their research, and presentations by Michigan Engineering Alumni about their careers in their field are built into the programming.


Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, our team has made the public health informed decision to provide our summer programs virtually for the Summer 2021 Season. Student safety is at the forefront of our priorities. Last summer we were able to host robust virtual programming with hands-on at home projects led by our instructors. Check out highlights from last year HERE.

Programming will be a combination of synchronous virtual sessions. Program hours are from 9am to 1pm Monday through Friday with optional programming from 2pm-3pm. Students must be committed to attend all sessions and can not participate in overlapping programming. Schedule subject to change

Additional questions about our programs? Check out our FAQ page!

*All Engineering OnRamp Participants must be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident of the U.S