President’s Message

William J. Scott, MEPI President

Greetings from the Minority Engineering Program of Indianapolis (MEPI) family,

I hope everyone is staying safe and following the appropriate guidelines in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. We altered our programming for the 2019-2020 program year to accommodate a virtual environment. Our Programs Committee worked to develop virtual sessions for the coming year and our intent is to continue to deliver STEM mentoring and coaching sessions as strong and relevant as ever. Our program volunteers continue to be the life blood of developing the youth in our community.

In June, we honored our graduating high school seniors virtually and I’m proud to say we had very    impressive students that are pursuing their post-secondary education dreams. We were able to provide three William R. Johnson scholarships to eligible students. Our educational partner, Indiana University Purdue University—Indianapolis (IUPUI), created an annual $2,000 four year renewable scholarship this year and gave an inaugural award to one deserving MEPI senior. Sheldon Day, former MEPI student and current Defensive End for the Indianapolis Colts , was one of our Alumni speakers at our Senior Recognition Event and has committed to provide two $500 scholarships going forward. One scholarship will be for a student who qualifies academically and the other scholarship is for a student athlete planning to major in engineering or information technology.

Financially we continue to be in a position that will allow us to continue to serve the youth of Indianapolis for years to come.  We have expanded our fundraising and sponsorship committee to establish a more robust process with the intent to further diversify our revenue funding streams. There are several potential sponsors we are cultivating which will facilitate expanding our programming to reach many more students.

This year we have expanded our recruiting efforts to enroll more financially disadvantaged  students.  This will allows us to extend our impact in the metropolitan Indianapolis area. The Minority Engineering Program of Indianapolis will continue to implement new programming that will ensure we are aligned with today’s STEM curriculum and industry needs.

Finally, I want to thank all of our Corporate and Educational sponsors for their continued support in helping us develop future STEM professionals.

Sincerely,

William J. Scott