The Egleston Scholars Program
The Egleston Scholars Program is named after Professor Thomas Egleston (at right), founder of the Columbia School of Mines in 1864. Known in his time as a foremost expert on mining and metallurgy, Egleston served as President of the American Institute of Mining Engineers, and twice received France’s highest decoration, Légion d'honneur. The Thomas Egleston Medal for Distinguished Engineering Achievement was established in 1939 in his honor and is the School’s most prestigious alumni award, recognizing graduates of Columbia Engineering who have made exceptional contributions to the world of engineering and applied science.
In this spirit, the Egleston Scholars Program recognizes undergraduate students of Columbia Engineering who embody the mission of the School at large: “to educate socially-responsible engineering and applied science leaders whose work results in the betterment of the human condition, locally, nationally, and globally.” See all the Egleston scholars here. The first Egleston scholars will graduate in 2014, commemorating the school’s 150th anniversary. These scholars comprise the top one percent of Columbia Engineering applicants, recognized for their extraordinary achievements and promise as an engineering and applied science student, researcher, and leader.
The Egleston Scholars Program is a comprehensive four-year program designed to support and enrich the undergraduate experience of the most highly accomplished students through select access to resources within Columbia Engineering, the University at large, New York City, and throughout the world. The Program makes available a stipend to support each scholar’s academic and professional goals, numerous research opportunities, faculty mentorship, enhanced team advising, as well as the opportunity to participate in the larger community of the Columbia Undergraduate Scholars Program.