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Hodge EXCEL Scholars


During the summer before their first year at McCormick, EXCEL scholars live on campus and participate in academically rigorous coursework that help prepare them for their first year of engineering study.

About the Program

The Melville and Jane Hodge EXCEL Scholars program is an academic summer program for engineers whose mission is to provide an environment that fosters the development of a cultural community of support while reinforcing excellence in academics. The relationships that develop during the program provide a support network and a formula for success for engineering students.

Students who participate in the program form a close social support network and assume many of the leadership roles among the engineering student organizations (i.e. National Society of Black Engineers, Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, etc.)

During the five weeks students will attend classes in chemistry, calculus and engineering analysis (which combines linear algebra and Matlab computer programming) plus a course in leadership, where they will work as part of a team to solve a real-world engineering problem. Upon completion of the program, students earn 2 academic credits (with letter grades) that count toward their degree requirements.

Thanks to the generous financial support of Mr. Melville & Mrs. Jane Hodge, as well as our corporate sponsors, the expenses for the program—including tuition and textbooks are all covered. Please contact us for more information if you have any questions or concerns.

2024 Program Dates

Program runs: June 22, 2024 – July 27, 2024


For more information, contact Ellen Worsdall, Assistant Dean & EXCEL Director: