Future Leaders in Technology Scholarship - College Award

Funded by
Virtasant Inc.
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$2,500
1 winner every 6 months
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Next Application Deadline
May 31, 2021
Next Winners Announced
Jun 30, 2021
Education Level
Undergraduate

Right now, Black and Latinx people only make up around 5% - 8% of the tech workforce. Women account for a mere 1 in every four tech jobs. For Native Americans and Indigenous groups, employment numbers are even lower, at around 1% at leading tech companies. These numbers reflect an improvement over the last few years, but this is not nearly enough.

The tech industry sets out to serve a remarkably diverse world. To accomplish this, the industry itself has to reflect that world. At Virtasant, we understand the need to embrace fresh perspectives, probe unexamined problems, and tap into unique ideas. We want to support the innovative minds that represent the groups and communities that are still getting left behind in tech.

To achieve this mission, we created the Future Leaders in Technology scholarship for students from these communities, who are pursuing careers in tech.

The scholarship includes a $2,500 award to one college or university junior or senior student who will also receive an internship opportunity with Virtasant.

The scholarship is open to college and university students pursuing a degree in computer science, electrical engineering or data science. You must also be a member of an underrepresented group, including: Black or African American, Hispanic or Latinx, American Indian or Native American, LGBTQA+, and Women.

STEM
Selection Criteria:
Passion, Impact, Drive
$2,500
1 winner every 6 months
Open
Next Application Deadline
May 31, 2021
Next Winners Announced
Jun 30, 2021
Education Level
Undergraduate

Scholarship application

Essay Topic

What area of tech are you interested in studying and why? Tell us about a problem that you hope to solve by way of your future education and career in tech.

400–600 words

Winning Application

Kaylin Moss
Marist CollegePoughkeepsie, NY

FAQ

When is the scholarship application deadline?

The application deadline is May 31, 2021. Winners will be announced on Jun 30, 2021.