FAMU Students to Benefit from Whirlpool Corporation Scholarship and Mentoring Partnerships

March 09, 2023
FAMU-FSU College of Engineering
FAMU Students to Benefit from Whirlpool Corporation Scholarship and Mentoring Partnerships

Whirlpool Corporation recently announced two partnerships that will facilitate support of Florida A&M University (FAMU) students academically and at home.

Whirlpool announced a partnership with the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering students Educating Engineering Students Innovatively (ESSI) program where students will be supported through scholarships and mentorships.

The Benton Harbor, Michigan, based company has also partnered with the Southern Scholarship Foundation. To sponsor housing of 51 FAMU students, studying diverse majors, across three houses on the school’s campus.

“We couldn’t be more excited to officially establish this relationship,” said Doug Haaland, vice president of global talent management at Whirlpool Corporation. “The future of innovation lives in places like the classrooms at Florida A&M University. And we are excited to play even a small role in the education for these aspiring students. The home appliances manufactured by Whirlpool Corporation are found in approximately 70 percent of U.S. homes, so it takes a diversity of backgrounds, experiences, and viewpoints to ensure we deliver for the consumer no matter what the circumstances might be.

Combined, these two partnerships help deepen Whirlpool Corporation’s ties to FAMU.

Professor Charmane CaldwellProfessor Charmane Caldwell, Ph.D.

The ESSI program led by FAMU-FSU COE Director of Student Access Charmane V. Caldwell, Ph.D., is designed to inspire and motivate undergraduate engineering students – allowing students to practice engineering while exploring one of four different tracks: industry, entrepreneurship and innovation, and community engagement and research.

“I really appreciate companies like Whirlpool that have partnered with EESI,” Caldwell said. “It allows engineering students to successful matriculate at FAMU and lower the attrition rate.”

Whirlpool Corporation’s work with the Southern Scholarship Foundation will help alleviate part of the annual cost of higher education for students of diverse backgrounds, and academic backgrounds and academic disciplines.

Both partnerships align with Whirlpool Corporation’s multi-year racial equality and fairness pledge announced