Apple Launches HBCU Scholars Program in Partnership with Thurgood Marshall College Fund


Back in March, tech giant Apple announced that the company was partnering with several non-profit organizations on a multi-year, multi-million-dollar initiative to increase the pipeline of women, minorities, and veterans in the technology industry.

As a part of that initiative, Apple partnered with the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, a non-profit that supports students enrolled in public, historically black colleges and universities.
Today, the Thurgood Marshall College Fund and Apple launched the application process for the inaugural year of the Apple HBCU Scholars Program, the largest and most comprehensive scholarship effort in HBCU history.
Thirty successful undergraduate student recipients will be awarded scholarships and receive year-long mentorships by Apple employees to include a paid internship at Apple headquarters next summer.
The scholarship program is open to students in their final year of study from all Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) and Predominately Black Institutions (PBI) in America.
“There are ‘scholarships’ and then there are ‘scholarship programs,'” said TMCF President & CEO Johnny C. Taylor, Jr. “Apple has made an historic investment in a scholarship program that will transform the lives of HBCU star students by not only removing the financial barriers to college attendance, but by providing them additional non-financial program elements like Apple mentors and summer internships. These Apple HBCU Scholars will be the future tech industry leaders.”  

“This program is about exposing gifted students from HBCU’s to a career in technology.  We’re big believers that innovation will be strongest when talented people from diverse backgrounds are part of the creative process,” said Denise Young Smith, Apple’s Vice President of Worldwide Human Resources.  “That’s why we’re so proud to be partnering with TMCF to help us find the next generation of innovators.”

The Scholars Program will provide students with opportunities that include:  a scholarship up to $25,000 for their senior year of studies; a summer internship at Apple headquarters in Cupertino, California; participation in a year-round development program to prepare for post-graduation careers; pairing with an Apple employee mentor during students’ senior year; the opportunity to serve as Ambassadors on their HBCU campuses to build awareness for the Apple and TMCF Diversity Initiative; the opportunity to attend TMCF’s Annual Leadership Institute in Washington, DC in November 2015; and participation in the Apple HBCU Immersion experience in Cupertino, California during the spring of 2016.

If you or someone you know would like to apply, the application process is open now and will close on September 18, 2015.

For more information on the Apple HBCU Scholars Program and eligibility requirements visit

Way to go, Apple.

[via PR Newswire]

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