updated 05:07 pm EDT, Tue September 2, 2014
Offers US minorities $10,000 towards tech education
Apple has launched a new "Product Integrity Inclusion and Diversity" scholarship, according to the company's job listings page. The program is named after Apple's Product Integrity group, and offers successful minority applicants up to $10,000 towards a technology education. "To be eligible, applicants must be women, black/African American, Hispanic, or Native American students who are attending an accredited US university and continuing their education in Fall 2015," the company writes.
People must also 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 computer science or a related field." One posting asks applicants to submit a proposal "describing the design of a test track for a vehicle that will transport astronauts on Europa," while the other asks for a proposal for adding a new sensor to an Apple product.
The scholarship is likely a follow-up to the company's first-ever internal diversity report, released earlier this month. The document found that Apple's US workforce is overwhelmingly male and white, despite efforts to recruit minorities. Notably, the scholarship excludes Asians, who are the best-represented minority in the company's American ranks.