Apple Commits Millions To HBCUs and Minorities

News & Views | Gerren Keith Gaynor | 03/16/2015 | 10:45 AM EDT

Tech giant pledges over $40 million to Thurgood Marshall College Fund

Apple is committed to increasing the pipeline of women, minorities, and veterans in the technology industry, and it’s putting its money where its mouth is.


The tech giant has pledged more than $40 million to historically Black colleges and universities. In partnership with the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, a nonprofit that supports students enrolled in public HBCUs, Apple’s generous contribution will reportedly create a database of computer science majors at HBCUs, as well as train both students and faculty and offer scholarships. Apple will also create a paid internship program for  “promising” students, reports Fortune.


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“Historically, other organizations have provided scholarship dollars or focused on whatever area matters most to them,” said Johnny Taylor, president and CEO of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund. “What differentiates this partnership with Apple is that it hits on everything that we do—it is the most comprehensive program ever offered to an HBCU organization.”


“People are at Harvard and MIT looking for their students,” Taylor added. “But Apple said, there are some really talented individuals at these [HBCU] schools.”


HBCUs find themselves in unique terrain as enrollment declines and cuts in government funding have continued to plague them.


Apple is also partnering with another non-profit, the National Center for Women and Information Technology (NCWIT), to help create a broader pipeline of female technology workers.


The company’s monetary commitment comes after many tech companies admitted to having a diversity problem. Google released a report that found that only 2 percent of its staff were Black. It looks like Apple is doing its part to changing the landscape for minorities in technology.

(Photo: Allison Shelley/Getty Images for DKC)

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