As an engineering educator, Donovan is focused on equitable economic empowerment through culturally engaging education. 

Donovan Colquitt is the owner of The Scholar’s Key Foundation, an organization that empowers learners to unlock their ingenious through exposure to transformative experiences through higher education. Through this company, Donovan teaches students how to earn access postsecondary opportunities so that they can achieve their dreams debt-free. To learn more, visit the website here.

After earning the mantle of Doctah DC by gaining a PhD in Engineering Education and a MS in STEM Education Leadership at Purdue University, he seeks to expose minoritized youth in inner-cities are exposed to entrepreneurship and engineering education. His goal is to discover methods of empowering students to leverage their gifts, skills, and talents to build a business that sustains positive change and builds wealth for themselves, their family, and their community. 

Before turning his focus on the intersection of engineering education and entrepreneurship, Donovan worked as an applications engineer for Carl Zeiss Industrial Metrology in Customer Education/Support. He also holds a BSE in Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Sustainable Engineering from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. 

As a speaker, Donovan has led dozens of presentations that are designed to equip students with tools necessary to thrive as career-bound students and leaders inside and outside of school. 

Outside of his academic and professional work, Donovan enjoys kickboxing, producing music, and creative writing. 


  • Critical thinker with a solid technical foundation and keen interest in analyzing successful pedagogical methods, evaluating curricular and learning developmental structures, determining engineering student outcomes, and preparing research articles for the discussion of diversity and inclusivity within the field of STEM education.
  • Organized and productive project manager able to prioritize, plan, and execute multiple concurrent projects. Resourceful problem solver able to adopt multiple perspectives.
  • Engaging, outgoing communicator with excellent interpersonal, public speaking, presentation, and mentoring skills.
  • Earned a reputation as a versatile, industrious, productive team member who learns new technologies and processes quickly, demonstrates leadership and strives for success.
StrengthsFinder Assessment: (1) Achievement, (2) Futuristic, (3) Developer, (4) Analytical, (5) Focus

16personalities: INFJ

My DISC Style: Planner – Sc

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