Storage solutions company SanDisk Corporation (NASDAQ:SNDK) has announced it will award $1,000,000 this year in needs-based scholarships to students from disadvantaged backgrounds through its SanDisk Scholars Fund.
Funded by the SanDisk Foundation, which provides philanthropic support to charitable organizations worldwide, the SanDisk Scholars Fund supports the educational goals of women, Latino and African-American students pursuing careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields.
Scholarships of up to $10,000 per student will be awarded to graduating high school seniors, community-college students, or students already enrolled in a STEM-related course of study.
“The goal of the SanDisk Scholarship Fund is to help disadvantaged students to pursue studies in technology and engineering,” said Sanjay Mehrotra, president and CEO, SanDisk.
The SanDisk Foundation (a corporate advised fund of the Silicon Valley Community Foundation) is partnering with the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, International Scholarship and Tuition Services (ISTS), the Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF) and the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) to identify students fitting the SanDisk Scholar Fund’s applicant profile, process applications, award scholarships and provide support services to scholarship recipients.
Of the $1 million committed for this year, a portion of SanDisk’s Scholar Fund is committed to students attending one of these five U.S. universities: Massachusetts Institute of Technology,Stanford University, University of California-Berkeley, University of California-Los Angelesand University of Texas-Austin. Funding for STEM-related research grants is also planned and included in this amount.
Interested students can find all of the eligibility requirements, online applications, and required accompanying documents at www.sandisk.com/scholars_fund.