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Apple opens 'Product Integrity Inclusion and Diversity' scholarship

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.

by MacNN Staff





  1. OldMacGeek

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: 08-04-10


    So, Apple found out in a report that they're too white and too male. This scholarship should fix it. Sigh. What's next? Having a lottery to see who has to "change lanes?" I can see it now; "Sorry, Jim. It's for the good of the company."

    Maybe a better area of study would be not in finding out why so few woman and minorities are in technology, but why so many white males seem to be attracted to this area.

  1. Inkling

    Senior User

    Joined: 07-25-06

    Don't hold your breathe waiting for Apple to fund similar 'diversity' scholarships in STEM fields that are filled to bursting with women, particularly in medicine. This isn't about diversity. It's about appeasing ill-tempered feminists. It's also why the iOS Clock app doesn't list countries for Taipei, capital of Taiwan and Jerusalem, capital of Israel, but places Lhasa, capital of brutally occupied Tibet, in China--more obeisance to the ill-tempered.

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