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Future Leaders in Technology Scholarship

Bridging the gap between opportunity and access.

The State of Diversity in Tech

Right now, Black and Latinx people only make up around 5% - 8% of the tech workforce. Women account for a mere 1 in every four tech jobs. For Native Americans and Indigenous groups, employment numbers are even lower, at around 1% at leading tech companies. These numbers reflect an improvement over the last few years, but this is not nearly enough.

Diversity   is   Innovative 

The tech industry sets out to serve a remarkably diverse world. To accomplish this, the industry itself has to reflect that world. At Virtasant, we understand the need to embrace fresh perspectives, probe unexamined problems, and tap into unique ideas. We want to support the innovative minds that represent the groups and communities that are still getting left behind in tech.

To achieve this mission, we created the Future Leaders in Technology scholarship for students from these communities, who are pursuing careers in tech.

Future Leaders in Technology judging and award:

The winners of the Future Leaders in Technology scholarship will be selected twice per year (January 1st and June 30th of every year) as follows:

One award of

$2,500

+ Internship with Virtasant to a college or university junior or senior student

Two awards of

$1,000

to high school seniors

To be eligible for the Future Leaders in Technology scholarship award, you must:

Be a high school, college, or university student pursuing a degree in computer science, electrical engineering or data science.

Be a member of an underrepresented group, including:

Black or African American
Hispanic or Latinx
American Indian or Native American
LGBTQA+
Women

Tell us about yourself

To apply, complete the form below, and tell us about your goals in the tech industry by submitting a 500-word essay on the topic listed below. Be sure to review all eligibility requirements.

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FAQ

Will you be sharing my personal information with anyone else?

No. All information provided in the application will be used for the sole purpose of selecting a winner and will never be sold or shared with a third party. We only use the information provided to select and notify winners or to communicate with applicants about an application. All applicant information is permanently deleted after each scholarship is awarded

When is the application deadline?

The scholarship awards applicants at the beginning of the Fall and Spring semesters. The next deadline for the Future Leaders in Technology Scholarship is October 31st, 2020. If you miss that deadline, the next will be May 1st, 2021.

When will scholarship winners be notified?

To be fair to all applicants, we can only select and notify winners after all of the applications have been received and judged. We cannot provide an exact date, but intend to notify the winner(s) promptly after they have been selected.

What is the winner selection process like?

As soon as all of the applications are in, our panel of reviewers will look over every submitted application and collaborate to choose a winner. After the panel has selected the winners for the scholarship, they will be notified by email (or phone if the email isn’t responded to) to send the prize money to their current school.

If I have questions, who can I contact?

If you have questions about eligibility or requirements, please contact us at scholarship@virtasant.com.