Lawrence Technological University will set aside $3.5 million to provide scholarships to students in Southfield Public Schools under a new partnership, the Blue Devil Southfield Scholars program.
LTU President Virinder Moudgil and SPS Interim Superintendent Derrick L. Lopez signed the memorandum of understanding Tuesday creating the Blue Devil Southfield Scholars program in a ceremony at the SPS’ John W. English Administration Center.
Under the program, SPS will create a committee of teachers, principals and other staff to select 50 Blue Devil Southfield Scholars to receive the scholarships – students who will pursue majors in the STEAM (science, technology architecture and design, and mathematics) fields. There will be 50 students selected for the scholarships each year.
The agreement will also have LTU designing middle school summer camps in the STEAM disciplines that will provide educational and career exploration for students in the SPS’ Levey Middle School. During the school year, LTU will also host Levey students in its “Extreme Science Saturdays” program and establish a focused STEAM exploration day.
In addition, LTU will provide workshops for SPS teachers in teaching techniques known as Active Collaborative Learning and Project Based Learning. The agreement also provides for LTU to use SPS athletic facilities for practice and training.
“This new partnership accomplishes several of our goals as a university,” LTU’s President Moudgil said. “We want to create more STEAM scholars to fill the huge talent gap in those disciplines, a gap that is especially severe in Southeast Michigan. We also want to strengthen the town-and-gown relationship between the city of Southfield and LTU. And we want to foster closer ties and coordination with K-12 school districts in Southfield, and all over the region.”
“We are excited about our partnership agreement with Lawrence Technological University as an extension of our ongoing relationship,” SPS’ Interim Superintendent Lopez said. “This agreement is the first of many within our Southfield Compact, an initiative that strengthens our partnership with residents and businesses in the Southfield and Lathrup Village communities. The LTU partnership will empower our students and families with new and different opportunities to grow and develop, and the collaboration will lead to better-prepared students for college.”
Lawrence Technological University, www.ltu.edu, is a private university founded in 1932 that offers more than 100 programs through the doctoral level in its Colleges of Architecture and Design, Arts and Sciences, Engineering, and Management. PayScale lists Lawrence Tech among the nation’s top 100 universities for the salaries of its graduates, and U.S. News and World Report lists it in the top tier of best Midwestern universities. Students benefit from small class sizes and a real-world, hands-on, “theory and practice” education with an emphasis on leadership. Activities on Lawrence Tech’s 107-acre campus include more than 60 student organizations and NAIA varsity sports.
For 70 years, Southfield Public Schools has offered a wide range of exceptional programs to meet the needs of preschool through 12th-grade students. The district, operating 13 schools, serves nearly 6,200 children in the cities of Southfield and Lathrup Village. With a robust college prep curriculum, Southfield Public Schools is one of 28 public school districts in Oakland County.