Talent is evenly distributed, but opportunity is not.
Inequality of opportunity is pronounced in the tech industry, where the share of Black employees is around half that of the US population, and has remained nearly unchanged over the last 5 years.
This lack of diversity manifests in harmful ways, like racial bias against African-Americans in healthcare algorithms and facial recognition error rates more than 40x worse for Black women as light-skinned men.
In support of building a more diverse and equitable tech industry, the Black Students in Tech Grant will be awarded to a Black student or recent graduate at any education level or field of study who is pursuing or who plans to pursue a career in the tech industry.
This scholarship is part of the Mechanism Ventures Impact Grants Series.
Please tell us a bit about yourself. What do you hope to achieve in your career in the tech industry, and how are you preparing yourself to achieve it?
The application deadline is Oct 11, 2020. Winners will be announced on Nov 11, 2020.
Award amounts per winner are designated by the donor. Check the award amount for a detailed breakdown.
The winner will be publicly announced on Nov 11, 2020. Prior to the announcement date, we may contact finalists with additional questions about their application. We will work with donors to review all applications according to the scholarship criteria. Winners will be chosen based on the merit of their application.
Award checks will be sent to the financial aid office of the winner's academic institution or future academic institution in their name to be applied to their tuition, and in the name of their institution (depending on the school's requirements). If the award is for a qualified educational non-tuition expense, we will work with the winner directly to distribute the award and make sure it goes towards qualified expenses.
Before we award the scholarship, the winner will be required to confirm their academic enrollment status. Depending on the circumstances, verification of Student ID and/or their most recent transcript will be required.
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Yes. The terms and conditions for this scholarship can be found here.