BlackBerry is reaching out to women in Nigeria to urge them to apply for the new BlackBerry Scholars Programme, an initiative designed to inspire women globally to enter and develop careers in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
Led by BlackBerry Global Creative Director, Ms. Alicia Keys, the BlackBerry Scholars Programme will offer ten four-year university scholarships to outstanding female candidates, the firm said in a statement on Saturday. The BlackBerry Scholars Programme is available to women in Nigeria and will provide scholarships to outstanding applicants who are seeking degrees at accredited local colleges and universities in the areas of STEM across Nigeria.
“Women are underrepresented in fields of science and technology, and we feel strongly that it’s time to drive a change,” Keys said. “It’s important to connect the dots for young women in secondary school and university, and show them that careers in science and technology are within their reach. And when women do land these jobs, it’s vital they receive the mentoring and support they need to advance in their careers. I’m proud BlackBerry is demonstrating leadership in women’s education, both in school and in the workplace, and giving back to its most loyal users in such a profound way,” she added.
Applications are now open to candidates in Nigeria, who are interested in the scholarship, and will close on June 26, 2013, the firm added.
The scholars will be selected by a panel of inspirational and accomplished women, led by Alicia Keys, who will recruit candidates based on their academic merit and passion for entering the mobile computing industry. This scholarship program is the first step in BlackBerry’s long-term commitment and multi-tiered strategy to engage young women at every step of their education from secondary school to university, and as they rise through their careers.
As more than 55 per cent of BlackBerry customers are women, BlackBerry aims to champion this generation of female leaders as they strive to achieve their ambitions in this highly competitive industry.