Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA 15213-3890

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Carnegie Mellon University
Pittsburgh, PA 15213-3890

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An outstanding institution, rich in history and long-standing traditions, Carnegie Mellon University was founded by industrialist Andrew Carnegie in 1900. The Carnegie Institute of Technology, as it was known then, merged with the Mellon Institute in 1967 to become Carnegie Mellon. Although we're located within Pittsburgh's city limits, our 103-acres campus is five miles from the downtown area. Adjacent to the campus is 500-acres Schenley Park, which offers several opportunities for outdoor activity. Carnegie Mellon has been educating ethnic minority students since the early part of this century. In the late 1960's, Carnegie Mellon made a firm commitment to recruit, enroll and graduate students from under-represented and ethnically diverse backgrounds. As a result, a wide range of programs and services were created to enhance the quality of academic and social life for African American, Hispanic/Latino and Native American young people at Carnegie Mellon.

The Carnegie Mellon University Scholarship is part of our commitment to fostering a diverse campus environment. Worth full-tuition for four years with good academic standing, the scholarship is awarded to ethnic minority students with outstanding academic and/or artistic performance.

Student groups such as Spirit, the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, the National Society of Black Engineers, and Voices United Gospel Choir also offer a support network for students of similar heritage and interests. In addition to these clubs and organizations, the Carnegie Mellon Action Plan (CMAP) provides social and academic support activities for minority students. These include a five week summer bridge before the freshman year, internship and summer job research assistance, and career development.

On sure sign of Carnegie Mellon's commitment is our alumni. Outstanding Carnegie Mellon alumni include Blair Underwood (Drama '88), Shari Bellefonte (Drama '87) and Erroll Davis Jr. (Science '65), the CEO of Wisconsin Power and Light and a Carnegie Mellon trustee. A good number have gone on to pursue PhDs, MBAs and MDs. Others have established themselves in politics, business and the arts.

Some alumni have chosen to become part of our Black Alumni Association Recruitment Program. Representing a wide range of professions, these men and women share their educational and professional experiences with African American, Hispanic/Latino and Native American young people interested in learning more about Carnegie Mellon.

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