100 Amazon Future Engineer scholarship winners will receive $10,000
per year over four years to study computer science starting this fall at
the college of their choice. All of the recipients demonstrated
financial need and more than half of the students are from an
underrepresented group in the computer science field.
Scholarship winners will also receive a guaranteed, paid internship
opportunity at Amazon after their freshman year of college.
Amazon Future Engineer is a four-part, childhood-to-career program
that works to inspire and educate 10 million children and young adults
each year from underrepresented and underserved communities to pursue
careers in the fast-growing field of computer science and coding.
See what this scholarship means to one of its recipients here.
SEATTLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Apr. 2, 2019--
Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) today announced that 100 high school seniors from
32 states across the country will receive the first-ever Amazon Future
Engineer scholarship of $10,000 per year over four years to study
computer science at a college of their choice. The scholarship winners
will also receive a guaranteed paid internship offer at Amazon after
their freshman year of college to gain work experience. Recipients were
chosen for their academic achievement, demonstrated leadership,
participation in school and community activities, work experience,
future goals, and diversity. All of the recipients demonstrated
financial need and more than half of the students are from an
underrepresented group in the computer science field. See what this
scholarship means to one of its recipients here.
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Amazon Future Engineer scholarship recipient Leo Jean Baptiste in class at Orange High School in Orange, New Jersey. (Photo: Business Wire)
“This scholarship is very important because it means when I go to
college, I won’t have to constantly worry about money,” said Leo Jean
Baptiste, from Orange High School in Orange, New Jersey. “I have an
internship at one of the top companies in the world – I feel relieved
knowing that I have the opportunity set up ahead of time.”
“Leo is going to be a brilliant computer scientist and, more than that,
he wants to use computer science to really make a change and better the
world,” said Hooman Behzadpo, Leo’s math and computer science teacher at
Orange High School. “This is a phenomenal opportunity for Leo, and it’s
a phenomenal thing for the community. But equally as much, it’s a
fantastic opportunity for future generations of students.”
“This is a huge help for all of these students about to start college,”
said senior House Education Committee Member Congresswoman Alma Adams
(NC). “As a former professor, I know higher education is becoming
increasingly expensive, and it’s so important for students who need
extra financial support to get that, especially if it helps them pursue
a promising, rewarding, and in-demand field of study like computer
“We are confident that these scholarship recipients are our country’s
next generation of world-changing inventors and leaders. They are an
impressive, hard-working group, and we’re thrilled to call them our
first class of Amazon Future Engineer scholarship winners,” said Jeff
Wilke, CEO, Worldwide Consumer, Amazon. “This scholarship is a
reflection of our appreciation for the work these students have done so
far, and an investment in them and the future we all share. We are eager
to see the bold paths paved by these students as college students,
Amazon interns, and beyond.”
The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that by 2020 there will be 1.4
million computer-science-related jobs available and only 400,000
computer science graduates with the skills to apply for those jobs.
Computer science is the fastest-growing profession within the Science,
Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) field, but only 8% of STEM
graduates earn a computer science degree, with a small number from
underprivileged backgrounds. Students from underprivileged backgrounds
are 8 to 10 times more likely to pursue college degrees in computer
science if they have taken AP computer science in high school.
Launched in November, 2018, Amazon Future Engineer is a four-part
childhood-to-career program intended to inspire, educate, and prepare
children and young adults from underrepresented and underserved
communities to pursue careers in the fast-growing field of computer
science. Each year, Amazon Future Engineer aims to inspire more than 10
million kids to explore computer science; provide over 100,000 young
people in over 2,000 high schools access to Intro or AP Computer Science
courses; award 100 students with four-year $10,000 scholarships, as well
as offer guaranteed and paid Amazon internships to gain work experience.
Amazon Future Engineer is part of Amazon’s $50 million investment in
computer science/STEM education. In addition, Amazon Future Engineer has
donated more than $10 million to organizations that promote computer
science/STEM education across the country.
Rising high school seniors can apply for the Amazon Future Engineer
scholarship starting in November, 2019. Requirements for the Amazon
Future Engineer scholarship include: completion of an Advanced Placement
Computer Science course in high school, intent to pursue a computer
science degree at a four-year college or university, and a teacher
recommendation. Other factors considered include: academic performance,
demonstrated leadership, participation in school and community
activities, work experience, a statement of career and educational
goals, and diversity. Amazon Future Engineer is currently accepting
applications for the high school piece of its program at www.amazonfutureengineer.com.
About Amazon in the Community
Amazon is committed to ensuring all children and young adults,
especially those from underprivileged, underrepresented, and underserved
communities, have the resources and skills they need to build their best
future. Amazon focuses on building long-term, innovative, and high
impact programs that leverage Amazon’s unique assets and culture.
Initiatives include Amazon Future Engineer, designed to inspire and
excite 10 million children and young adults from underprivileged and
underrepresented communities each year to pursue an education in
computer science, as well as programs that support immediate needs,
including fighting childhood hunger by providing access to millions of
breakfasts through its nationwide Rise and Smile program, addressing
family homelessness through donations and housing a homeless shelter in
its Seattle headquarters, and global relief efforts for people in need
following natural disasters.
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