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Third-annual CEET scholarship golf outing considered successful, inspiring

July 17, 2013

Tee Up Fore ScholarshipsFor the third straight year, the College of Engineering and Engineering Technology (CEET) partnered with Caterpillar to host the Tee Up Fore Scholarships Golf Outing, on Wednesday, June 18, in direct support of scholarships for existing students.

With the help of NIU CEET alumni, students, hundreds of Caterpillar representatives and vendors, $16,000 was raised in one day, bringing total contributions to nearly $60,000 in three years.

The Caterpillar plant in Aurora, Ill., and its partners understand that by helping more qualified students obtain engineering degrees, the region gains qualified professionals ready to tackle challenging 21st century problems.

Pettee Guerrero, an NIU CEET scholarship recipient, spoke at the event.

“I am incredibly grateful to all donors for giving me the opportunity to interact with high school students and let them know that if they want to pursue a higher education, rarely will financial matters hold them back,” Guerrero said.

Tee Up Fore Scholarships logoThe Tee Up Fore Scholarships Golf Outing demonstrates a large step towards a new trend in higher education, where industry and universities work together in mutually beneficial ways.

By 2018, the U.S. will have a projected shortfall of more than 250,000 engineers. The golf outing is one of many ways the college plans to address the critical need for more engineers.

“I am very proud of the partnerships we have with the business sector,” said Promod Vohra, dean of the College of Engineering and Engineering Technology. “Caterpillar has been one of our strongest partners and supporters, and we have developed a mutually beneficial relationship to facilitate innovation, economic development, work force development and global competitiveness.”

“I would like to offer my sincere appreciation to all donors and the foundation for allowing all of us to chase education and opportunities with pride and ability,” Guerrero said following the outing.

By Mary Jane Meisenheimer