AKRON — The University of Akron has received $1.6M from The Goodyear Foundation to support their new program called “The Driving Opportunity Scholars Program”, which was designed to provide job preparation training for underserved students.
The program benefits are full tuition and fees scholarship for 15 undergraduate students over the next three years. The first selected five students will represent the underrepresented communities in the workplace and will be enrolled in the training and mentoring program over five years.
Aside from that, the students will meet their mentors who can help them with career planning and networking and be paired with a peer mentor from UA’s Office of Multicultural Development to assist with individual academic and personal goal setting.
The students also will have the chance to interview for an internship or co-op at Goodyear, attend events, and participate in training and activities that focused on their career from the company.
The University of Akron will provide a laptop for the students to assist them as they complete a capstone project and participate in a study abroad program.
“Inclusive opportunities are needed to build a diverse workforce to help corporations succeed, both today and in the future. Driving Opportunity will nurture the growth of underrepresented students as they expand their skills, build a professional network and create a career path,” said Richard J. Kramer, Goodyear chairman, CEO and president.
Kramer also added that he is excited to collaborate with The University of Akron to invest in these students’ futures and Goodyear’s.
For more information about the scholarship, visit uakron.edu/drivingopportunity.