Update: Apple has posted two more $10K scholarship opportunities with one from its Internet Software & Services Engineering group and another from Apple Software Engineering.
Continuing a number of recent initiatives related to promoting diversity at the company, Apple is now offering a new Product Integrity Inclusion and Diversity Scholarship offering “women, black/African American, Hispanic, or Native American university students” an opportunity to win a $10,000 scholarship to help pay for their education in tech. The scholarship is named for Apple’s Product Integrity group that includes Hardware Reliability, Product Safety, Environmental Technologies, and Hardware and Software Test Engineering.
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The Product Integrity Inclusion and Diversity Scholarship is an opportunity for women, black/African American, Hispanic, or Native American university students to win a $10,000 scholarship to help pay for their education in the technology field… To be eligible, applicants must be women, black/African American, Hispanic, or Native American students who are attending an accredited U.S. university and continuing their education in Fall 2015… Applicants must be in at least their sophomore year of college pursuing a bachelor’s degree, or enrolled in a master’s degree or PhD program in computer science or a related field.
Apple announced the new scholarship via two postings on its job listings site and explained how students can apply. One of the applications asks students to submit a proposal “describing the design of a test track for a vehicle that will transport astronauts on Europa (one of Jupiter’s many moons),” while the other asks applicants to envision adding a new sensor to an Apple product:
In addition to your resume, as part of your application you need to submit a detailed proposal describing the design of a test track for a vehicle that will transport astronauts on Europa (one of Jupiter’s many moons). Design the track and include renderings that show what materials, surfaces, and terrains you expose to the vehicle in order to ensure it will function while on Europa. Cost is no object. Use your imagination and design the test track to push the vehicle to the limits.
Last month Apple released its first diversity report for the company detailing the gender and ethnicity of its employees and other stats related to diversity at the company. Apple’s report showed that 7 out of 10 of its employees worldwide are currently male, while its workforce in the US is made up of 55% white, 15% Asian, 11% Hispanic, and 7% Black. Another 2% identify as more than one ethnicity and the remaining 9 percent chose not to declare. The company followed up with other recebt initiatives including internal events and a letter from Apple’s HR chief to employees earlier this week.
Apple will notify winners by January 31, 2015 and notes that it will automatically consider applicants for internship roles at the company.