Following a recent diversity report that revealed Apple employees are predominately white males, Apple revealed two Product Integrity Inclusion and Diversity Scholarships aimed at minority college students who are looking to pursue a career in technology. The scholarships would provide eligible students with $10,000 for their education.
Applicants must meet the following qualifications in order to apply:
- 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 mechanical engineering, materials science, or a related field.
Apple posted the scholarships on its job listings site and detailed the scholarship application guidelines, which require students to submit a project proposal along with their resume. One scholarship requires students to submit a proposal for "the design of a test track for a vehicle that will transport astronauts on Europa (one of Jupiter's many moons)," while the other listing asks students to develop a new sensor for an Apple product.
Students who submit a proposal will automatically considered for an internship at Apple, regardless of whether they are awarded the scholarship.