Future Leaders in Technology Scholarship - High School Award

Funded by
Virtasant Inc.
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$1,000
2 winners every 6 months
In Review
Next Application Deadline
Dec 31, 2020
Next Winners Announced
Jan 31, 2021
Education Level
High School

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 is open to high school students who plan to pursue 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:
Impact, Passion, Drive
$1,000
2 winners every 6 months
In Review
Next Application Deadline
Dec 31, 2020
Next Winners Announced
Jan 31, 2021
Education Level
High School

Scholarship application

Essay Topic
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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.

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200–1000 words

FAQ

When is the scholarship application deadline?

The application deadline is Dec 31, 2020. Winners will be announced on Jan 31, 2021.