There are currently twenty (20) scholars enrolled in the Great Minds/CoMPASS Scholars (GMC) program at WPI across two (2) cohorts in the Class of 2024 and the Class of 2025. These two cohorts are under a study supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF).
The grant principal investigators (PI) Dr. Funmi Ayobami, Assistant Teaching Professor in Biomedical Engineering and Dr. Kathy Chen, Executive Director, STEM Education Center along with the GMC Scholar Support team is monitoring each of the students’ learning, academic outcomes, research, campus involvement, and professional development as they matriculate through WPI.
- Additionally, these 20 scholars are provided wraparound programming support from the Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Multicultural Education (ODIME).
The CoMPASS scholarship was designed to provide additional financial support for GMC Scholars who come to WPI receiving the Great Minds Scholarship. The Great Minds Scholars program is a WPI initiative designed to meet the full demonstrated financial need, up to the cost of tuition and fees, of selected Pell-eligible students enrolled in the Worcester Public Schools who are interested in attending WPI.
The proposal is designed to support the first-generation STEM scholars through a residential student experience with the hope of producing outcomes to enhance programs and services currently offered by WPI once the grant cycle has run its course.