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Black Design Leaders Grant

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Mechanism Ventures
1 winner$1,050
Application Deadline
May 11, 2021
Winners Announced
Jun 11, 2021
Education Level
Undergraduate, Graduate
Recent scholarship winners
Eligibility Requirements
African American

Talent is evenly distributed, but opportunity is not.

Inequality of opportunity is pronounced in the start-up world, where just 1% of start-ups receiving venture funding have Black founders and where the share of Black employees is around half that of the US population.

In support of building a more diverse and equitable start-up ecosystem, this scholarship is part of a series from Mechanism Ventures supporting Black students who are currently in or who aspire to pursue design roles at start-ups.

The Black Design Leaders Grant will be awarded to a Black student or recent graduate who plans on (or already is) pursuing a career in design at a start-up.

Students across any field of study or company are eligible to apply.

This scholarship is part of the Mechanism Ventures Impact Grants Series.

Selection Criteria:
Impact, Drive
Published June 12, 2020
Essay Topic

Please tell us a bit about yourself. What do you hope to achieve in your career in design, and how are you preparing yourself to achieve it?

500–1000 words

Winning Application

Melanie Douglas-Gonzalez
SUNY at Purchase CollegePelham, NY


When is the scholarship application deadline?

The application deadline is May 11, 2021. Winners will be announced on Jun 11, 2021.

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