BASF establishes endowed scholarship to support Tech engineering and chemistry students

Tennessee Tech University was presented with a check from BASF Corporation this month to endow a scholarship for tuition assistance and internship opportunities for engineering and chemistry students. Pictured left to right: Dr. Lori Mann Bruce, Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs, Tennessee Tech; John DiCicco, Production Manager, BASF; Andy Schmitt, Site Director, BASF; and Dr. Philip Oldham, President, Tennessee Tech.

COOKEVILLE – BASF will collaborate with Tennessee Tech to increase the pipeline of diverse talent in the chemical manufacturing industry as part of a $31,000 endowed scholarship that will provide tuition assistance and internship opportunities to students. 

“BASF’s commitment to fostering workforce development opportunities for students in our community remains a priority,” said Andy Schmitt, Site Director for BASF in Sparta, Tennessee. “Our team is excited to collaborate with Tennessee Technological University as we further our mission of empowering our future workforce with the tools and experience they need to be successful in the industry.”

The scholarship will assist students pursuing a degree in engineering or chemistry. BASF provides meaningful projects and internship positions at its Sparta facility. Tennessee Tech students gain real-world experience as they network with peers and expand their skillsets during their paid internship.

“BASF is already a tremendous industry partner, providing internships that create interdisciplinary opportunities for our students to learn how to apply skills learned in the classroom in complex teams in the workplace,” said Joseph C. Slater, Dean of the College of Engineering at Tennessee Tech. “The new BASF Endowed Scholarship for Engineering and Chemistry furthers this partnership by increasing access to a top-notch technical education and makes a real difference in the lives of our engineering students.”

BASF Corporation, headquartered in Florham Park, New Jersey, is the North American affiliate of BASF SE, Ludwigshafen, Germany. BASF has approximately 17,000 employees in North America and had sales of $18.7 billion in 2020. 

Students pursuing a degree in engineering or chemistry with a minimum grade point average of 2.5 who have interned at BASF’s Sparta manufacturing facility are encouraged to apply for the scholarship. The scholarship is set to be awarded for the first time this year during the fall 2021 semester.

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