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 July 14th thru July 21st, 2024. The program will be residential for the duration and will require students to stay on campus for the entirety of the program. Students will stay in on-campus housing, Community Park, which is also home to our Engineering Living Learning Community. Participants will be provided with essential needs, such as meals, linens, toiletries, and stationary items.

The residential format for the 2023 INSPIRE program provides participants with a unique opportunity to connect with peers, industry partners and university stakeholders that include faculty, staff, and students. The program curriculum will provide participants with college preparation, an introduction to engineering concepts, and career/workforce guidance. Participants will participant in a series of workshops taught by current university faculty and staff. Participants will experience career pathways via interactive field trips onsite at local industry corporations. Lastly, participants will work collaboratively on a design challenge directed by a student mentor. The last day of the program will conclude with a presentation and ceremony, guests are welcomed.

The Participants

All are encouraged to apply. 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.

Deadline to apply is May 15, 2024.

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