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Apple HBCU Scholarship Program

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Apple HBCU Scholars Program


The Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) in partnership with Apple is proud to present the Apple HBCU Scholars Program. Applications are now open to outstanding students attending HBCUs with a minimum 3.0 GPA who will be graduating between December 2019 and May 2021. Eligible students should be currently working towards a degree in an undergraduate, Masters, or Ph.D. program. Selected Scholars will participate in a 12-week internship during the summer of 2019, and will receive up to $25,000 in need-based funding that will be applied to the academic year immediately following their internship period. Each scholar will have an Apple mentor throughout their experience, receive an opportunity to develop key skills, enhance their resumes, and help launch their careers through the hands-on experience gained at one of the top tech companies in the world.

The Opportunity

This highly competitive program targets students for opportunities in the following areas:

Software Opportunities

Non-Technical/Business Opportunities

Hardware Opportunities

These scholars will have the opportunity to:

  • Participate in an Apple HBCU Immersion experience in Cupertino, California in January 2019
  • Participate in a 12-week internship with Apple in Cupertino, California in the summer of 2019
  • Be awarded a need-based scholarship to help defray the costs (e.g., tuition, mandatory fees, room and board, books and supplies) of attendance
  • Participate in various leadership development activities to help prepare for post-graduation careers
  • Receive on-going coaching and guidance from an experienced Apple employee
  • Serve as Ambassadors on their HBCU campuses to build awareness for the Apple and TMCF HBCU Initiative

Program Criteria

  • Enrolled full-time at a four-year accredited HBCU
  • Graduating between December 2019 and May 2021 (e.g., graduate students, or undergraduate sophomores, juniors, or seniors pursuing a fifth year of study.)
  • Prior internship, leadership, and/or team projects experience is preferred

Key Qualifications

This highly competitive program has opportunities for students in a variety of disciplines. The selection process aims to assess critical soft skills that enable success in our program, coupled with technical ability. We’re looking for individuals that exhibit both a technical and cultural fit:

Technical Fit

  • Analytical ability
  • Ability to articulate ideas
  • Ability to learn new concepts
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills

Cultural Fit

  • Highly motivated
  • Persuasive and candid
  • Focused on results
  • Perseverance
  • Team player
  • Possesses sound judgment and critical thinking skills

Scholar Expectations (including, but not limited to the following)

  • Must be able to participate in all program-related activities
  • Willing and able to spend 12 weeks in Cupertino, California during the summer months of May through August
  • Must remain in good academic standing
  • Must not have any disciplinary infractions on academic record
  • Able to successfully complete all program requirements
  • Utilize Apple technology (e.g., MacBook, iPhone, etc.)
  • Serve as post-internship Apple Ambassadors
  • Students selected to participate in the program must provide TMCF with supporting documentation requested during the financial need verification process
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