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FIRST Scholarship Provider: Kettering University

Jan 06, 2016 Written by Kettering University

Kettering University student Harrison Ford ‘16 was one of 11 individuals appointed to Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder’s MiSTEM Advisory Council on December 23, 2015.

The council was created to advise the governor, legislature, the Department of Talent and Economic Development and the Department of Education with recommendations designed to improve and promote innovation and collaboration in STEM education and prepare students for careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. The council is tasked with recommending a statewide strategy for delivering STEM education-related opportunities to pupils and objective criteria for determining preferred STEM programs by March 1, 2016.

Ford, a Mechanical Engineering major, is an advocate for FIRST. Currently, he serves as a mentor for the Flint F.I.R.E. FIRST Robotics team that is housed in Kettering University’s FIRST Robotics Community Center. Ford, along with Kettering President Dr. Robert K. McMahan, represented Kettering during the 2015 State of the State address in Lansing, Michigan. Snyder specifically praised Kettering’s support of FIRST and STEM education in the address.

Ford is also a former participant in the FIRST Robotics Competition and notes that it promotes the spirit of competition along with preparing students for life after high school. Ford has been involved with FIRST since sixth grade and was a member of Team 314 Megatron Oracles at Carman-Ainsworth High School in Flint Township.

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Want to join Harrison at Kettering? Learn about the Kettering University FIRST Scholarships at www.firstinspires.org/scholarships 

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