Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) today announced Global Projects For All, a university-wide initiative that will provide all students with access to an off-campus project experience. Beginning with the class of 2022, which will arrive on campus in August 2018, every full-time, degree-seeking student will receive a Global Project Scholarship, a credit of $5,000, to defray the cost of an off-campus project.
Recognizing that not every student will choose to travel off-campus (due to factors such as family obligations or other commitments), the university is aiming for 90 percent participation by 2020, and is seeking to add new project centers and expand existing sites around the world.
WPI, which has about 4,400 undergraduates, enrolls just over 1,100 students per year. In order to serve the growing demand for these off-campus projects, the Global Projects Program has added 18 new project centers since 2009. Last year the university expanded its reach in England, and to Ecuador, Armenia and Israel. This year WPI will add programs in Massachusetts, Costa Rica, Japan, and Switzerland. In support of this initiative, the university is actively fundraising to build a $50 million Global Projects For All endowment, which is expected to generate approximately $2.5 million per year to supplement an annual $2.5 million contribution from WPI.
“Global Projects For All is about removing financial barriers so that all our students have the opportunity to participate in this signature WPI program, and experience firsthand the power they have to make a positive impact in the world,” said WPI President Laurie Leshin. “By enabling more students to apply what they know out in the world, this initiative will also accelerate WPI’s quest to prepare and equip the next generation of STEM leaders to play vital roles in the future prosperity of our nation, and advance the well-being of others.”