Who: Amazon Canada
What: Ten graduating high school students from B.C., Ontario and Saskatchewan will each receive $30,000 to help cover university tuition over four years as part of the second annual Amazon Future Engineer Canada program.
The students will also have the opportunity to complete a paid summer internship at one of the company’s Canadian Tech Hubs.
A special one-year, $7,500 scholarship has been awarded to Isabella Cotton (based in Kelowna, B.C.), who will be pursuing a one-year General Engineering program at Okanagan College.
The scholarship program is geared towards students from underrepresented communities that demonstrate exceptional academic performance and leadership.
To qualify, candidates must study computer science or a related field at an accredited Canadian university, and demonstrate financial need.
"At Amazon, fostering diversity in the Canadian tech sector starts with ensuring that students from all backgrounds are able to discover computer science and pursue postsecondary education, focusing on their studies instead of financial concerns," said Susan Ibach, head of Amazon Future Engineer Canada, in a statement.
Amazon is investing $3 million over three years to fund unique computer science learning opportunities for an estimated one million students and teachers across Canada.