As a high school student researching colleges, Ashley Zacher knew all about Robert Morris University: her father, Tom, graduated from RMU in 1975. Still, she had in mind going somewhere a little farther away from her home in Plum.
Until, that is, she learned about the Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics program, which RMU launched in 2009 with a grant from the National Science Foundation. The goal of the program was to recruit high achieving students from low-income backgrounds or groups underrepresented in math, science, and technology fields.
Zacher majored in financial mathematics with a minor in actuarial science, and she graduated a semester early. She is now working at Erie Insurance as an actuarial analyst for life insurance policies.
“RMU prepared me more than I could have expected,” said Zacher.