Amazon Future Engineer offers college scholarships

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Amazon Future Engineer offers college scholarships

By Dan Berthiaume - 11/05/2019
computer science students

An e-tail giant hopes to help create 100 new computer science professionals.

Amazon is now accepting applications to its Amazon Future Engineer scholarship program for students entering college in the fall of 2020. For the second year, Amazon Future Engineer is offering 100 current high school seniors from underserved and underrepresented communities across the country the opportunity to receive $40,000 scholarships to study computer science at a four-year college or university and a guaranteed paid internship offer at Amazon after the completion of their first year. 

Scholarships will be awarded based on academic achievement, demonstrated leadership, community involvement, work experience, future goals, and financial need. The inaugural class of Amazon Future Engineer Scholars includes 100 high school seniors from 32 states across the country. 

All of the recipients demonstrated financial need and more than half of the students are from an underrepresented group in the computer science field. These 100 students are currently attending some of the top computer science programs in the country.

Current high school seniors can apply starting today at amazonfutureengineer.com. All applications are due by Jan. 17. Requirements for the Amazon Future Engineer Scholarship include: completion of an Advanced Placement (AP) 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, community involvement, work experience, a statement of career and educational goals, and financial need.

Launched in November 2018, Amazon Future Engineer aims to inspire millions of kids to explore computer science; provides over 100,000 young people in over 2,000 high schools access to intro or AP computer science courses; awards 100 students with four-year $10,000 scholarships, and offers 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.

“I had the pleasure of meeting Leo Jean-Baptiste from the first class of Amazon Future Engineer Scholarship recipients this past year,” said Jeff Wilke, CEO worldwide consumer, Amazon. “His story, which continues now at Stanford, has me even more excited for a new group of curious, creative, and hard-working students to apply for this unique and game-changing opportunity.”