Apple HBCU Scholars Program

Overview
The Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) in partnership with Apple is proud to present the Apple HBCU Scholars Program to outstanding students with a minimum 3.25 GPA who will be graduating between December 2017 and May 2018.  Selected Scholars will participate in a 12-week internship during the summer before their senior year, and will receive up to $25,000 in scholarship funding based on individual financial needs that will be applied to their final year of study.  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.

These scholars will have the opportunity to:

  • Participate in an Apple HBCU Immersion experience in Cupertino, California in early 2017
  • Participate in a 12-week internship with Apple in Cupertino, California during the summer of 2017
  • Be awarded a need-based scholarship to help defray the costs (e.g., tuition, mandatory fees, room and board, books and supplies) of their senior year of study
  • Participate in various 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 or PBI (Predominately Black Institution) campuses to build awareness for the Apple and TMCF HBCU Initiative

Program Criteria

  • Enrolled full-time at a four-year accredited HBCU or PBI (Predominately Black Institution)
  • Currently in the second-to-last year of study, graduating in Fall 2017 or Spring of 2018. (e.g., juniors or seniors pursuing a fifth year of study.)
  • Prior internship experience is preferred

Key Qualifications
This highly competitive program targets STEM students, but opportunities exist for students of all 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 communication skills, both verbal and written

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 Ambassador during their final year
  • Students selected to participate in the program must provide TMCF with supporting documentation requested during the financial need verification process

How to Apply
To apply, click the button below and create a TMCF Account. Once you sign up and create a TMCF Account, you can complete the Apple HBCU Scholars application. The deadline is October 16, 2016, 11:59 EST.

Frequently Asked Questions
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