Taking a lead from its chief operating officer, Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook is looking to give more opportunities to women in the tech industry. The company recently announced two new scholarships: the Facebook Grace Hopper Scholarship and the Facebook Moms in Tech Sponsorship.
The Grace Hopper Scholarship is open to all female college students, and it would allow the top 25 applicants to attend the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing conference from Sept. 30 through Oct. 1. It also includes all travel, lodging, and registration costs, as well as an invitation to a private reception with Jocelyn Goldfein, Facebook’s director of engineering, and other Facebook employees.
Applications for the Grace Hopper Scholarship are due by May 31, and recipients will be notified by June 21. Applicants must be enrolled full-time at a college or university anywhere in the world, pursuing computer science, computer engineering, or other related technical majors. International applicants will be responsible for securing their own visas.
The second scholarship Facebook announced is the Facebook Moms in Tech Sponsorship, in partnership with the Hackbright Academy. The scholarship would pay for the full $12,000 tuition for a mom to attend Hackbright Academy, a computer-science and software-development school exclusively for women.
An applicant for the Moms in Tech Sponsorship should be a mother and a former tech professional looking to return to the field as a lead, manager, or director.
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