INSPIRING DIVERSITY IN STEM
Navistar values education that better supports the communities where employees live and work. For that reason, we have created a three-part plan to bolster the STEM efforts of North Central College in Naperville, Illinois, with a simulated manufacturing assembly space, Next Generation Engineering Scholarships, and summer research and mentoring programs.
Just a few miles from Navistar’s headquarters, North Central College—which is committed to making higher education more accessible for all—is a comprehensive liberal arts school with new programs in mechanical and electrical engineering that serve nearly 50% first-generation college students.
NURTURING WELL-ROUNDED ENGINEERS
Funding a simulated assembly line space and a portion of North Central’s integrated manufacturing lab delivers real-world experience in creating our products. This hands-on, integrated learning also helps develop well-rounded engineers with design-thinking and vital problem-solving, team-oriented skills.
LEVELING THE PLAYING FIELD
Giving a leg up to underrepresented engineering students, Navistar has donated $125,000 to fund seven scholarships in the first program year. Our Next Generation Engineering Scholarships provide much-needed financial assistance to a mix of low-income students from various backgrounds and experiences.
Stephany Navarro ‘25, one of the scholars majoring in mechanical engineering, says she would like to inspire more Hispanic women and men to become engineers – especially after being the only Hispanic woman in her high school STEM program. As the vice president of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers at North Central College, Stephany has enjoyed visiting various local high schools to encourage more Hispanic students to consider a career in STEM.
LEADING THE WAY IN MENTORING, OUTREACH
Navistar has devoted funding to a summer research and mentoring program for undergraduate North Central engineering students and faculty. We also support North Central College’s goal to lead the way in high school outreach with funding to foster students’ interest in STEM earlier in their education.