Today, Apple shows that streaming isn’t the only they are impressing people with, the tech juggernaut partners with the Thurgood Marshall College Fund to start the process for the Apple HBCU Scholars Program which is the largest and most comprehensive scholarship effort in HBCU history.
Back in March, Apple announced that they were partnering with several non-profit organizations on a multi-million dollar drive to increase the pipeline of women, minorities and veterans in the technology industry.
In this effort, Apple partnered with the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, which supports students enrolled in public, historically black colleges and universities.
Now thirty successful undergraduates will be awarded scholarships and receive year-long mentorship by Apple employees to include a paid internship at Apple headquarters next summer.
The scholarship program opens to student within their senior year for all historically black colleges and universities in America.
“There are ‘scholarships’ and then there are ‘scholarship programs,’” said TMCF President & CEO Johnny C. Taylor, Jr. “Apple has made a historic investment in a scholarship program that will transform the lives of HBCU star students by not only removing the financial barriers to college attendance, but by providing them additional non-financial program elements like Apple mentors and summer internships. These Apple HBCU Scholars will be the future tech industry leaders.”
“This program is about exposing gifted students from HBCU’s to a career in technology. We’re big believers that innovation will be strongest when talented people from diverse backgrounds are part of the creative process,” said Denise Young Smith, Apple’s Vice President of Worldwide Human Resources. “That’s why we’re so proud to be partnering with TMCF to help us find the next generation of innovators.”
The Scholars Program will provide students with a diverse and valuable set of learning opportunities that include: a scholarship up to $25,000 for their senior year of studies, summer internship at Apple headquarters in Cupertino, California, participation in a year-round development program to prepare for post-graduation careers, pairing with an Apple employee mentor during the students’ senior year, serve as an Ambassador on their HBCU campus to build awareness of Apple and TMCF Diversity Initiative, an opportunity to attend TMCF’s Annual Leadership Institute in Washington, DC and participation in the Apple HBCU Immersion experience during the Spring of 2016.
The application process is now open and will close on September 18, 2015. For more information on the Apple HBCU Scholars Program visit http://tm.cf/L1