Brown-Forman INSPIRE summer enrichment program

The Program

INSPIRE is an acronym for Increasing Student Preparedness and Interest in the Requests for Engineering. Sponsored by Brown Forman, INSPIRE is a summer enrichment program designed to provide an introduction to engineering to students from historically under-served populations in the engineering field. Those targeted for the program include African American, Hispanic, Native American and female students who attend Louisville-area public or private high schools, but the program is open to all.

A certificate will be presented to each student who successfully completes the program.

The Curriculum

The Brown-Forman INSPIRE summer enrichment program will be held virtually June 21 – July 2, 2021. The program runs Mondays through Fridays from 9:00 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Along with introducing participants to a variety of engineering fields, the innovation process, introductory engineering technology, and Speed School, INSPIRE assists students in identifying personal strengths and preparing for the college transition process.

There is no cost for students to participate in the program as the camp will take place virtually on MS Teams. Participants must have their own laptop with a camera and microphone, internet access, mailing address to receive camp supplies.

The Participants

Most applications will be rising high school seniors from historically under-served populations in the engineering field. Students must complete a program application and must be recommended by school personnel such as a math or science teacher. Participants will be selected by the Program Director according to the following criteria:
  • Above-average academic record
  • Above average math and science grades
  • School recommendations
  • Personal essay/statement of interest
  • Commitment to participate in the entire program

The Application Process

Applications must include your recent high school transcript, a biographical essay and a recommendation from either your math or science teacher. Download the teacher recommendation form prior to applying online. Only fully completed applications will be accepted and must be submitted online.

Applications for 2021 are now closed.