Honeywell introduces a scholarship to help re-energize Houston Independent School District students about pursuing careers in engineering.
Aside from financial assistance, the Honeywell Engineer of the Future Scholarship program also aims to help dispel myths about the engineering field and show students that engineers will play a vital role in making the world more environmentally sustainable.
“Many people equate fields like chemical engineering to older industries such as the hydrocarbon industry, but the fact is, this planet needs engineers to create and drive new industries that will help to save our environment,” Honeywell executive Norm Gilsdorf said at the Cheminnovations Conference and Expo at the Reliant Center. Students from Booker T. Washington High School’s engineering magnet school, High School for the Engineering Professions (HSEP), were in attendance.
Speaking at the event keynote address, Gilsdorf — the president of Honeywell’s Process Solutions (HPS) division and a chemical engineer by trade — announced the $2,500 scholarship would be open to all high school seniors in the Houston Independent School District and be paid to the winner’s engineering school for the 2011-2012 school year. Students must write a personal essay discussing how they would use an engineering career to make the world a better place and more sustainable.
“Alternative fuels and clean energy sources are born in places like chemical engineering laboratories, which makes the need for chemical engineering students all the more urgent. Engineers are critical to our planet’s future, and the purpose of this scholarship is to help raise awareness of this important fact. You can’t get ‘green’ without engineers,” Gilsdorf said.
For more information about the Honeywell Engineer of the Future Scholarship, visit www.facebook.com/honeywellstudentengineers.