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.