The company announced this week that 22 young adults in Florida, many of whom are Hispanic, have won a $40,000 Amazon scholarship to study computer science, thanks to Amazon.
With the aim of encouraging young people to study computer science, Amazon announced its program “Amazon future engineer orAn initiative designed to inspire and educate millions of students from historically under-represented and underserved communities each year by awarding $10 million in college scholarships to 250 high school seniors in underserved communities to study computer science. Of these, 22 are from Florida.
In addition to scholarships, Amazon offers recipients the opportunity to participate in paid Amazon internships after their first year of college to gain hands-on experience and mentorship with Amazon leaders.
“Every year, we draw inspiration from the talent, work ethic and passion of our recipients Amazon Future Engineer Scholarship. “We are thrilled to expand our commitment to $10 million in scholarships to help 250 students from underrepresented and historically disadvantaged communities obtain computer science education,” Victor Renoso, global head of educational philanthropic initiatives at Amazon, said in a statement.
“These opportunities are essential to building a diverse tech industry and enriching our communities. These students have promising careers ahead of them, and we look forward to seeing them internships on Amazon and all that they accomplish.”
Recipients were selected based on a variety of criteria: academic performance, demonstrated leadership, participation in school and community activities, work experience, future goals, and need for financial assistance. Amazon in partnership with Scholarship To review applications and select 250 students.
This year’s winners came from more than 30 US states and territories, including Puerto Rico, and for the first time a US military base in Europe. More than 70% of scholarship recipients are Black, Hispanic, and Native American (BLNA) and 50% are women, groups currently unrepresented in STEM.
“Since high school, computer science has been one of my biggest passions in life and this scholarship will give me the opportunity to pursue this career in college and it will help me a lot and it will also give me the opportunity to work with Amazon and experience the whole computing field,” said Oscar de la Brisa, one of the winners from Florida:
Computer science is the fastest growing profession in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that employment opportunities for IT workers will grow by 13% between 2020 and 2030; However, only 8% of STEM graduates earn a degree in computer science, and only a small percentage of them come from underserved and historically underrepresented communities.
Additionally, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the median annual wage for computer and information technology jobs was $91,250 as of May 2020, which is more than double the median annual wage for all other occupations.
High school seniors can apply for the scholarship Amazon future engineer When the semester opens in Fall 2022. Scholarship Requirements Amazon future engineer Includes: Completion of a college-level computer science course (advanced mode) In high school, intend to pursue a degree in computer science at a college or university University Four years and a letter of recommendation from a teacher.
For more information, visit: www.amazonfutureengineer.com/scholarship.