Southfield Mayor Ken Siver smiles Dec. 12 as LTU President Virinder Moudgil and Lopez sign a memorandum of understanding, creating the scholarship program.

Southfield Mayor Ken Siver smiles Dec. 12 as LTU President Virinder Moudgil and Lopez sign a memorandum of understanding, creating the scholarship program.

SPS students to receive $3.5 million in scholarships from LTU

By: Kayla Dimick | Southfield Sun | Published December 20, 2017

 Southfield Public Schools Interim Superintendent Derrick Lopez speaks Dec. 12 at the John W. English Administrative Center. School officials, along with officials at Lawrence Technological University, announced a $3.5 million scholarship program

Southfield Public Schools Interim Superintendent Derrick Lopez speaks Dec. 12 at the John W. English Administrative Center. School officials, along with officials at Lawrence Technological University, announced a $3.5 million scholarship program

SOUTHFIELD — To encourage more Warriors to become Blue Devils, officials from Lawrence Technological University and Southfield Public Schools recently announced a $3.5 million scholarship program. 

Officials from both institutions made the announcement during a press conference at 3 p.m. Dec. 12 at the John W. English Administration Center. 

LTU President Virinder Moudgil and SPS Interim Superintendent Derrick Lopez signed a memorandum of understanding during the conference, creating the Blue Devil Southfield Scholars program. 

During the conference, Lopez explained that SPS will create a committee of teachers, principals and other staff to select 50 students each year to receive the scholarships. The students will be chosen based on their decision to pursue majors in science, technology, engineering, art and math fields. 

Lopez said SPS officials are excited to finally unveil the new project. 

“It really is about figuring out how we can make those human-to-human connections so that our students are really ready to do the work that is required of them in higher education,” Lopez said. “With that, we’re so excited about the work ahead of us. We still have a lot of things to work out, but we really are looking forward to that work, because the journey will be worth it for our kids.”

LTU will also design STEAM-focused middle school summer camps that will provide both educational and career exploration for students at Levey Middle School, along with a Saturday program on STEAM exploration. 

SPS teachers will receive workshops from LTU staff in the teaching techniques known as Active Collaborative Learning and Project Based Learning, officials said. Under the agreement, SPS will be able to use LTU’s athletic facilities for practice and training. 

Moudgil said the scholarship program is designed to fill a talent gap in STEAM fields, all while strengthening the partnership between Southfield, Lathrup Village and LTU. 

“I’m happy we’re here,” Moudgil said. “I’m sorry I spoke more than I designed, but this shows my enthusiasm for this collaboration with the school system which is our neighbor. We are two wings of the same family. Very close physically, mentally, and in our mission as well. Let’s hope this is a great partnership, and the beneficiary of this are the students of our city and your school, and I look forward to doing everything I can to make this a success.”

Southfield Mayor Ken Siver was also present at the conference, and he said he looks at the partnership as a marriage between the two institutions. 

“This marriage is really about community — helping one another as we all should — to make our lives and our community better and stronger, and what a great thing for Lawrence Tech to be offering scholarships at a greatly reduced rate to attract Southfield students, and to do the mentoring to help them along the way,” Siver said. “It’s one thing to offer money, but it’s really about that relationship-building that’s so important.”