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Facebook Donates $25,000 for Minority, Female Coding Scholarships


April 14, 2016
by Susan Dutca-Lovell
After donating $5 million to support college scholarships for Dreamers and undocumented students, and a prospective $120 million donation to Bay area schools, CEO and Founder of Facebook Mark Zuckerburg recently donated $250,000 for scholarships in technology.

After donating $5 million to support college scholarships for Dreamers and undocumented students, and a prospective $120 million donation to Bay area schools, CEO and Founder of Facebook Mark Zuckerburg recently donated $250,000 for scholarships in technology.

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The recent donation to Dev Boot Camp - a program that claims it "transforms beginners into full-stack web developers in 19 weeks" - will cover tuition for 20 underrepresented minority students pursuing a career in tech coding. Students must be California residents, interested in tech coding, and be African American/Black, Chicano/Latino, Native American, Pacific Islander, and/or a female. The application period will open April 18 and close May 2.

The announcement came just a day before the f8 Conference, which has a predominantly male developer audience. An even smaller percentage of the developers are ethnically-diverse. As of June 14, 84 percent of Facebook's company was male - 51 percent of which were Caucasian and 43 percent Asian. Only 3 percent were Hispanic and 1 percent was African American. Globally, Facebook is 32 percent female. Through the scholarships, Facebook hopes to "increase [the] diversity of its workforce to better represent their customer base."

Last year, Zuckerburg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, announced they would donate 99 percent of their Facebook shares - roughly $45 billion at the time - to philanthropic initiatives. By the end of last year, they had donated about $32 million to education reform, including underserved communities in the Bay Area, the Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital, the Centers for Disease Control Prevention to fight Ebola, and the Newark Public School System.

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Vankudoth Bhaskar  on  5/1/2016 6:45:05 AM commented:

I am in my final year MBBS course.Due lack of financial problems I'm suffering a lot to study well and to reach my goal I need benefits from someone technology.I really want to study well. Thank you

Jamshed Hasanov  on  4/30/2016 1:00:30 PM commented:

Hello Sir are Madam I really want study abroad!

Jasmine R.  on  4/22/2016 11:48:43 AM commented:

It is difficult to be a successful minority women, however it has been done. This scholarship should apply to any minority women trying to achieve greatness. It is sad to see that some women cannot qualify for the grant because it only applys to very few women. Its not just hard for those in the bay area, it is hard to get a really educations anywhere in the world, especially for minority women.

Lois Clark  on  4/21/2016 6:13:06 AM commented:

Wish it was for Virginia residents too

Roze W  on  4/21/2016 4:22:13 AM commented:

I really believe that this new generation of our young people would benefit from this scholarship however, it should apply to all states. A lot of students want to attend college, but their parents income or credit puts a STOP to their education. Please help us, as we help you..THANK YOU

Linda Sanabria  on  4/21/2016 1:05:29 AM commented:

I am in my senior year of college, I have run out of money, exhusted my student loans and exhusted my grants. I have gone through a divorce in the last 2 years and trying to get back on my feet. I am a 3.0 student that is so close to finishing and looking to make a difference in the Health information technology world. I would be honored to receive a grant that could help me make a difference.

hanad ali abdi  on  4/21/2016 12:50:46 AM commented:

Jaqueline H  on  4/19/2016 10:34:12 PM I believe a lot of individuals like myself could really benefit from this scholarships. Technology today is a huge impact to everyone. It can allow us to discover new things. I will be honored to win a scholarship so that I could continue onto college and continue to expand my education.

Jaqueline H  on  4/19/2016 10:34:12 PM commented:

I believe a lot of individuals like myself could really benefit from this scholarships. Technology today is a huge impact to everyone. It can allow us to discover new things. I will be honored to win a scholarship so that I could continue onto college and continue to expand my education.

Hang nghiem  on  4/19/2016 8:53:24 PM commented:

I really need scholarships for college. Thanks

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