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"IF YOU CAN'T PAY IT BACK, PAY IT FORWARD." - CATHERINE RYAN HYDE

Good mentorship is invaluable. It changes lives. It creates leaders. It builds confidence in a young person that will be vital for their success.

The Michael & Robin Lally Forward Foundation is proud to partner with passionate and successful men and women who are committed to elevating the field of engineering by lending their expertise to the next generation of engineers and creating pathways for diversity.

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To show gratitude for these talented mentors‘ time and dedication and to honor their devotion to forging opportunities for underrepresented engineering students, the foundation has created a “thank you” in the form of a charitable grant proudly named the Pay It Forward Mentorship Grant.

At the close of every school year, each mentor is awarded a $2,500 grant from The Forward Foundation. The mentor is given the opportunity to direct the grant in his or her name to a 501(c)3 public charity or educational institution of their choosing.

We could never pay back our mentors for their time and talent. Instead, we hope to pay it forward.

RECENT RECIPIENTS

Tunji Adejumo directs 2023 Mentorship Grant to For A Better Africa
De’Schzunell Catlin directs 2023 Mentorship Grant To Greater Than Tech
Dr. Zuhair Ibrahim Directs 2023 Mentorship Grant to Autism Speaks
Julius Rivers directs 2023 mentorship grant to Junior Achievement of Greater Fairfield County
Dr. Felicia Benton-Johnson directs 2023 Mentorship Grant to Tennessee State University Engineering
Jacques Smith directs 2023 mentorship grant to Fort Mill Care Center and Kaizen Foundation
Sean Flanagan directs 2023 mentorship grant to Christian Veterinary Mission
Henry Williams directs 2023 mentorship grant to St. John’s Episcopal Church
Dr. Carl Moore directs 2023 mentorship grant to Howard University Engineering
Julius Rivers Directs 2022 mentorship grant to Project Lead the Way
Jacques Smith Directs 2022 mentorship grant to The Kaizen Foundation
Dwayne Ingram Directs 2022 mentorship grant to the Disability Fitness Foundation
Mike Lally Directs 2022 mentorship grant to Solar Training and Renewable Energy Entrepreneurship Centre

BECOME A MENTOR

Ready to change lives? If you’re interested in supporting aspiring engineerings by becoming a mentor for the Black American Engineering Scholarship Award program, please reach out to the Forward Foundation below.

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LEARN ABOUT THE SCHOLARSHIP

Know an aspiring engineer? Find out more about the mission of the Black American Engineering Scholarship Award, the benefits of being a scholarship recipient, how to qualify for the award, and how to apply by clicking the button below.

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The Michael and Robin Lally Forward Foundation is proud to provide The Pay it Forward Mentorship Grant.

The Black American Engineering Scholarship Award is made possible by a partnership between: