Back in May, at BlackBerry Live 2013 in Orlando, BlackBerry Global Creative Director Alicia Keys announced the BlackBerry Scholars Program. The program was engineered to help engage more young women into the fields of science, tech, and math. Today, BlackBerry has announced the recipients of the ten scholarships awarded through the BlackBerry Scholars Program.
Check out the press release below for the full details, and congratulations to the winners!
BlackBerry Announces the Recipients of the BlackBerry Scholars Program
Waterloo, ON – September 3, 2013 – BlackBerry® today announced the ten young women recipients of the BlackBerry® Scholars Program, an initiative designed to inspire more women to enter the mobile computing industry and pursue careers in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). The recipients will receive full, four-year university tuition scholarships to the school of their choice for degrees in STEM-related fields, as well as mentorship and professional opportunities. Empowered by BlackBerry’s support, the young women will not only advance their own careers, but also help inspire and encourage women in their communities and around the world to pursue STEM careers.
“The BlackBerry Scholars Program was designed to inspire women in STEM fields, but it was the judges who were truly inspired,” said Keys. “Women are vastly underrepresented in STEM industries, and collectively we need to do everything we can to encourage more women to pursue careers in these fields. We’re proud these bright scholars will blaze a trail and open doors for women in technology, mobile computing, science and much more.”
The BlackBerry Scholars Program, announced in May 2013 at BlackBerry Live, received more than 500 applications from 65 countries over a two-month period. The ten recipients announced today were selected by a panel of inspirational and accomplished women leaders in their own right. Each recipient was selected for her academic merit and passion for entering the mobile computing industry.
In addition to meeting competitive academic criteria, showcasing extracurricular involvement and providing recommendation letters, applicants were asked to explain how they plan to make their mark on the world, highlight someone who has inspired them, and explore what a future in mobile computing means to them.
Katherine Chen (United States), who will be pursuing her degree in Applied Mathematics and Computer Science at Harvard College in the U.S.
Tafadzwa Makaza (South Africa), who will be pursuing her honors degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Coventry University in the U.K.
Anastasia Santasheva (Canada), who will be pursuing her degree in Systems Design Engineering at the University of Waterloo in Canada
· Tian Qi (Dinah) Shi (Canada), who will be pursuing her degree in Software Engineering at the University of Waterloo in Canada
Leah Clark (United Kingdom), who will be pursuing her degree in Computer Science at Durham University in the U.K.
Rozie Yeghiazarian (United States), who will be pursuing her degree in Mechanical Engineering at the Rochester Institute of Technology in the U.S.
Khuyen Duong (Vietnam), who will be pursuing her degree in Computer Science at Oklahoma State University in the U.S.
Aneesha Kommineni (United States), who will be pursuing her degree in Computer Science at the University of Texas at Austin in the U.S.
Sravya Vishnubhatla (United States), who will be pursuing her degree in Biological Engineering and Computer Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the U.S.
Xiao Yan (Cheyenne) Guo (Canada), who will be pursuing her honors degree in Mathematics at the University of Waterloo in Canada