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Engineering Career Awareness Program (ECAP)

The Engineering Career Awareness Program (ECAP) addresses financial obstacles students face during their college experiences, making it possible for them to graduate with a valuable engineering, computer science or engineering technology degree from Tennessee Technological University.


ECAP helps to overcome some of the obstacles that students typically experience during their college careers. Tennessee Tech strives to equip our students with the needed tools to succeed in their chosen paths. The program commences with a Summer Bridge program and continues through graduation. ECAP students are part of a supportive family, encouraging and networking with each other. The program components listed below are some of the ways the College of Engineering can help you reach your goals.

Who qualifies for ECAP?

Engineering students who receive a Tennessee Tech Minority Engineering Program Scholarship, Tennessee Tech Minority Scholarship or a Tennessee Tech Diversity Scholarship and have a financial need as determined by the FAFSA are considered for the program.

How can ECAP help my pay for college?

For students accepted into ECAP, the program may cover college expenses, such as

  • Tuition and Fees
  • Room and board
  • Books

Program assistance is determined after other scholarships, grants and other forms of financial assistance have been awarded.


Summer Bridge Program

ECAP students begin their college experience with a one-week summer orientation program involving workshops and seminars on study skills (e.g., math, chemistry, physics) along with building relationships and habits of successful students. Participants tour research centers of excellence and area industries. Recreational activities are included.

Freshman Experience

Freshman engineering students typically complete introductory engineering courses, mathematics, chemistry, and others. They also lean about the different engineering, computer science and engineering technology disciplines. This is a time when students learn to participate in group learning, connect with other students and grasp the professional aspect of career opportunities.

Peer Mentoring

As part of ECAP, participants are paired with a student mentor who can help guide students through the first year.

Apprenticeship Programs

ECAP students will have the opportunity to travel the world on study abroad trips, learn hands-on skills through internships and cooperative education, and participate in exciting research projects. The College of Engineering will assist you in this summer learning experience.

Ongoing Student Support

As part of the ECAP program, students have a place to seek help and support. Our staff will be available to answer questions and give guidance.

Graduate School or Career Choice Assistance

Whenever graduation approaches for ECAP participants, the College of Engineering will help connect you with potential employers and graduate schools. The college will provide assistance with applications, and help you choose the best place to apply your talents and abilities.

Resident Life

To help foster a strong community, ECAP students live in the same area.

Weekly Activities

  • Meetings with the Tennessee Tech Minority Engineering Program Director
  • ECAP study groups
  • Joint National Society of Black Engineers, Society of Women Engineers, or other College of Engineering departmental programs and professional organization.

Monthly Activities

ECAP students attend dinner with sponsors hosting the function at local restaurants or through university catering.

Eligibility Categories
  • Be a member of an underrepresented community within the college
  •      Hispanic
  •      American Indian/Alaskan Native
  •      Pacific Islander
  •      Women
  • Be a recipient of a university diversity or minority scholarship of underrepresented students
  • Demonstrate academic leadership qualities
  • Complete an individual interview

Engineering Career Awareness Program
College of Engineering
Tennessee Tech University
PO Box 5005
Cookeville, TN 38505-0001

Phone: 931-372-3172


Please fill out the application and submit with a 1 page essay on the topic "Why I want to be an engineer."

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