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Edge Pathways and University of New Haven Announce New Engineering Program for First-Year Students

Innovative affiliation will provide 25 full-ride, merit-based scholarships that will be awarded to individuals from historically underrepresented groups.

April 7, 2021

Engineering students proudly display their work.

Edge Pathways, the education technology company closing the STEM gap, in collaboration with the University of New Haven, today announced the new Edge Scholars Program designed to prepare ambitious first-year students from diverse backgrounds to pursue rigorous engineering degrees and rewarding STEM careers. Through the collaboration with Edge Pathways, the University of New Haven will be the first university in the nation with a program designed to better prepare students to graduate with a degree in engineering from University of New Haven or a transfer network school.

Applications for the fall 2021 semester open today at Twenty-five students from underrepresented communities in STEM fields will be selected to receive a full scholarship from Edge Pathways awarded through the University of New Haven.

"We are excited to collaborate with the University of New Haven to make degrees in technology and engineering more accessible to students from a diversity of backgrounds,” said Dan Sommer, CEO and Co-Founder of Edge Pathways.

“Edge Pathways and the University of New Haven share the belief that the biggest challenges require the boldest solutions and that our pathway program will open up opportunities for future inventors, problem solvers, and the people who will solve some of our nation's greatest challenges." Dan Sommer, CEO and Co-Founder of Edge Pathways

The statistics illustrate the critical need for improvement in preparing students for STEM careers. Half of engineering students drop out or change majors and only 6% of college students graduate with a degree in engineering. 3.5 million positions in engineering and computer science are projected to go unfilled by 2025. Lack of educational access and preparedness has prevented students from completing degrees that qualify them to fill these jobs.

The Edge Scholars Program at University of New Haven eliminates roadblocks to success and replaces the traditional first year of college with an immersive experience. Created by educators who were once engineering students, the Edge Scholars Program provides students with exceptional instructors and mentors, small-format online classes, a community of other like minded students and real-world professional experience through internships and co-ops. Edge Scholars Program students receive ongoing support throughout their university experience and graduate with the advantage of more connections, more experience and more real-world skills they can apply in their STEM careers.

The Edge Scholars Program will provide exceptional opportunities for students and give them the building blocks they need to thrive in STEM careers,” said University of New Haven President Steven H. Kaplan. “We are thrilled to be the first to offer this opportunity and look forward to the benefits this program will provide to aspiring engineering students.”

For more information about the Edge Scholars Program at University of New Haven, visit