You know how we all complain about not enough women in technology? Well, BlackBerry are stepping up and actually offering scholarships to offer ten women full four year university scholarships. It is available to all the women in the UK, and will provide scholarships based on merit to outstanding applicants who are applying for degrees in accredited local colleges and universities in the area of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). The initiative is led by Alica Keys. The scholars will be selected by a panel of inspirational and accomplished women, and will be led by Alicia Keys herself. It will be based on their academic merit as well as passion to enter the mobile computing industry.
“Women are under-represented in fields of science and technology, and we feel strongly that it’s time to drive a change,” said BlackBerry Global Creative Director, Alicia Keys. “It’s important to connect the dots for young women in secondary school and college, and show them that careers in science and technology are within their reach. And when women do land these jobs, it’s vital they receive the mentoring and support they need to advance in their careers. I’m proud BlackBerry is demonstrating leadership in women’s education, both in school and in the workplace, and giving back to its most loyal users in such a profound way.”
The application process is now open, and will close at 9pm GMT on June 26, 2013. To apply, visit the following link:
And to spread the word on Twitter, use the hashtag #BBScholars.
Not only is this a great initiative by BlackBerry and we totally approve it, they give us an interesting number that more than 55% of BlackBerry customers are actually women.