Twenty-two young people from Florida, many of them Hispanic, each won the $ 40,000 Amazon Scholarship to study computer science, thanks to Amazon, the company announced this week.
Amazon has announced its program to encourage young people to study computer science. “Amazon Future Engineer “ OrAn initiative to inspire and educate millions of students from the underdeveloped and historically underdeveloped community each year by providing ত্ত 10 million in college scholarships to 250 high school seniors from underdeveloped communities to study computer science. And 22 of them are from Florida.
In addition to scholarships, Amazon offers recipients the opportunity to participate in paid Amazon internships after their first year of college to gain work experience and mentorship with Amazon leaders.
“Every year, we are inspired by the talent, work ethic and passion of our recipients Amazon Future Engineer Scholarship. We are thrilled to extend our commitment to the $ 10 million scholarship fund to help 250 students from historically represented and underdeveloped communities pursue computer science education, “said Victor Reinoso, Amazon Global Head of Philanthropic Initiatives.
“These opportunities are essential for building a diverse technology industry and enriching our community. These students have a promising career ahead of us and we look forward to seeing their Amazon internships and what they achieve. “
Recipients were selected based on a variety of criteria: their academic performance, demonstrated leadership, involvement in school and community activities, work experience, future goals, and the need for financial support. Has partnered with Amazon Scholarship America To review applications and select 250 students.
This year’s winners come from more than 30 states and territories, including Puerto Rico, and for the first time, U.S. military bases in Europe. More than 70% of scholarship recipients are identified as Black, Hispanic and Native American (BLNA) and 50% female, groups that are currently represented in STEM.
“Since high school, computer science has been one of the biggest passions of my life and this scholarship will give me the opportunity to pursue this profession in college and it will help me a lot and it will give me the opportunity to work with Amazon and fully experience the computing field. I am very grateful for this opportunity and I am ready to embark on this journey, “said Oscar de la Presa, one of the winners from Florida.
Computer science is one of the fastest growing professions in the STEM field. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that job opportunities for IT workers will increase by 13% between 2020 and 2030; However, only 8% of STEM graduates have a computer science degree, and only a small percentage of them come from well-earned and historically under-represented communities.
In addition, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the average annual wage for the computer and information technology professions was $ 91,250 as of May 2020, more than double the average annual wage for all other professions.
High school seniors can apply for the scholarship Amazon Future Engineer When the term opens in the fall of 2022. Scholarship requirements Amazon Future Engineer Includes: Completing a college-level computer science course (Advance placement) Willing to pursue a computer science degree in high school, college or university University Four years, and a letter of recommendation from a teacher.
For more information, visit: www.amazonfutureengineer.com/scholarship.