BlackBerry announces the recipients of the BlackBerry Scholars Program

By Adam Zeis on 3 Sep 2013 01:24 pm EDT

During BlackBerry Live Alicia Keys announced the news about the BlackBerry-sponsored scholarship program for women in the fields of science, technology, engineering, or math. Today, BlackBerry has announced the ten recipients for the program who will all receive a full, four-year tuition to the school of their choice. to pursue degrees in STEM-related fields. In total there were over 500 applications from 65 countries from which the final ten recipients were chosen.

Keep reading for the full press release and list of recipients. Congrats ladies!

Waterloo, ON – September 3, 2013 – BlackBerry® today announced the ten young women recipients of the BlackBerry® Scholars Program, an initiative designed to inspire more women to enter the mobile computing industry and pursue careers in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). The recipients will receive full, four-year university tuition scholarships to the school of their choice for degrees in STEM-related fields, as well as mentorship and professional opportunities. Empowered by BlackBerry’s support, the young women will not only advance their own careers, but also help inspire and encourage women in their communities and around the world to pursue STEM careers.

“The BlackBerry Scholars Program was designed to inspire women in STEM fields, but it was the judges who were truly inspired,” said Keys. “Women are vastly underrepresented in STEM industries, and collectively we need to do everything we can to encourage more women to pursue careers in these fields. We’re proud these bright scholars will blaze a trail and open doors for women in technology, mobile computing, science and much more.”

The BlackBerry Scholars Program, announced in May 2013 at BlackBerry Live, received more than 500 applications from 65 countries over a two-month period. The ten recipients announced today were selected by a panel of inspirational and accomplished women leaders in their own right. Each recipient was selected for her academic merit and passion for entering the mobile computing industry.

In addition to meeting competitive academic criteria, showcasing extracurricular involvement and providing recommendation letters, applicants were asked to explain how they plan to make their mark on the world, highlight someone who has inspired them, and explore what a future in mobile computing means to them.

Recipients include:

  • Katherine Chen (United States), who will be pursuing her degree in Applied Mathematics and Computer Science at Harvard College in the U.S.
  • Tafadzwa Makaza (South Africa), who will be pursuing her honors degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Coventry University in the U.K.
  • Anastasia Santasheva (Canada), who will be pursuing her degree in Systems Design Engineering at the University of Waterloo in Canada
  • Tian Qi (Dinah) Shi  (Canada), who will be pursuing her degree in Software Engineering at the University of Waterloo in Canada
  • Leah Clark (United Kingdom), who will be pursuing her degree in Computer Science at Durham University in the U.K.
  • Rozie Yeghiazarian (United States), who will be pursuing her degree in Mechanical Engineering at the Rochester Institute of Technology in the U.S.
  • Khuyen Duong (Vietnam), who will be pursuing her degree in Computer Science at Oklahoma State University in the U.S.
  • Aneesha Kommineni (United States), who will be pursuing her degree in Computer Science at the University of Texas at Austin in the U.S.
  • Sravya Vishnubhatla (United States), who will be pursuing her degree in Biological Engineering and Computer Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the U.S.
  • Xiao Yan (Cheyenne) Guo (Canada), who will be pursuing her honors degree in Mathematics at the University of Waterloo in Canada




Hmm.... Lots of winners from the US. As well the 2 Canadians were from Waterloo.


3 waterloo, 2 engineers 1 mathy

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And that's why I have a history degree.... Oddly enough I'm working on my MBA part-time... Better pay better attention in my counting then, lol.


Not "from" Waterloo, attending UW. Big difference.

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"500 applications from 65 countries over a two-month period. "

Is it me (probably is just me) or is that a very low response rate?

Peter Lee4

Yes that is low. Either poorly marketed, or very few women in tech.

Joel Diplan

Poorly marketed as always


it did say "over 500"..... that could be 501, or 3200 ..... just saying ...


Lmao @ 3200

Wow. Speechless at the idiocy of some people.

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Parthiv Shah

No doubt this is a very noble thing that BB is doing but what is Keys doing so far? Can we please have her salary and report card??


Agreed. Where's her report card?

blackberry artichoke

Fire Alicia Keys

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Hire 1D

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Hire 2Chainz!

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Prince Radebe

Congratulations Tafadzwa Makaza. Proudly South African.



And congrats to the rest aswel and leave Alicia Keys alone!

Started from the bottom with my Z10 ...



BlackBerry for leaders, not followers.

Alex Keb

Because binary numbers oppress women. What a retarded sponsorship.


Wow. Okay.

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No love for eastern Europe countries. Shame :(


Well done, BlackBerry!!?

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When are we going to see Alicia Keys twerk while holding a Z10?


Thats great

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Congratz to the winners what a great program.!!

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Congrats to all the recipients!


Congrats to the winners! :-)


Yup congrats to all winners.


Congratulations ladies!


Congratulations on being chosen for this ladies! All the best as you start your career at the schools of your choice. Well done BlackBerry! Stuff like this is why I love ya so much!

From my sweet BB10 Neutrino powered Z10 :D


Congratulations all you bright, ambitious

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And hard-working applicants and winners. I do trust the judges' deliberations.

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Congratulations Ladies. Well done BlackBerry for offering such a scholarship. It shows the class of this company once again.

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world traveler and former ceo

Congrats! ... great to see three chosen to attend University of Waterloo...

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Congratulations. Waterloo took 3 Canadian sports.

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I mean spots. Thanks

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Its crazy how there is no scholarship program available for men, as if we don't want a education as well

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Congratulations to the winners!

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