The Richmond Area Program for Minorities in Engineering (RAPME) is a local non-profit organization, which was officially incorporated in July 1978 with 10 industry sponsors with a goal to achieve greater diversity in science and engineering. RAPME was formed to establish a mechanism by which minority middle and high school students can be encouraged to consider science and engineering as a profession, thereby assisting in the national effort to alleviate under representation of minorities in all engineering professions. RAPME is an exemplary program of collaborative efforts that bring together three partner institutions: Virginia State University; Virginia Commonwealth University; and J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College; with the passion, experience, and knowledge to set strategic directions to establish, sustain, and improve the RAPME feeder system across the science and engineering disciplines.
The organization has the commitment and involvement of students, teachers, parents, school officials, business, industry, and other interested community partners to develop the community's science and engineering talent to meet demand. In order to accomplish its goals, RAPME has developed two programs: the Summer Engineering Institute (SEI) and the Scholarship Program.
JOIN TODAY! There are many advantage to becoming a member, not only will you be able to attend the annual conference, but you also have the opportunity to apply for various scholarships.