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As you may know, tuition can be very expensive for students. In response to that, universities, colleges and public organizations have set up a system of scholarships, which are financial aids for students awarded upon fulfilment of certain requirements, to help them focusing on their studies. What you may not know is that there are also private organizations that distribute scholarship, and among them are companies. These are called “corporate scholarships”.
Many large companies and corporations sponsor scholarships in order to allow students, generally from high school and college, to pay for their studies. Most of the time, the scholarships are distributed by large foundations owned by the companies. Some of these companies take this initiative as a part of their corporate social responsibility, while others provide scholarships to potential employee candidates.In the United States for instance, there are scholarships aimed at helping the integration of women, minorities and people with disabilities.
Here are the scholarship policies for the 10 companies that students referred to as being the “most attractive employers”
Google – Google offers different scholarship programs specially catered to certain categories of people. Among them you can find :
- The Generation Google Scholarship to encourage underrepresented students in computer science
- The Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship, dedicated for women who want to pursue careers in computer science and technology
- The Google Lime scholarship for students with disabilities
Microsoft Corporation – Microsoft offers scholarships for students interested in computer science and related technical disciplines
Sony – Sony offers a scholarship dedicated to young girls who want to have a career in the video game industry. The winner is rewarded with a $10,000 scholarship to be applied towards tuition, room and board, and other educational expenses. In addition to the cash prize, the winner will also be given the opportunity to be hired as a paid intern for up to 10 weeks at Sony Online Entertainment’s headquarters in San Diego for hands-on experience working on award-winning franchise (https://www.soe.com/girl/)
Apple – The WWDC 2014 Scholarship aims to reward creative and talented young developers. Apple wants the appliers to use their creativity and their private experience to produce an original app based on their own experiences. (https://developer.apple.com/wwdc/students/)
Deloitte – The Deloitte Scholarship consists in a $15,000 financial aid for up to 2 years and is available to undergraduate and graduate students.
The firm also offers a Summer Internship Program for rising seniors interested in the BA program. Successful Summer Scholars may be given an offer for full-time employment as a Business Analyst following their graduation (http://www.deloitte.com/view/en_BM/bm/Students/Scholarship/)
Siemens – Siemens has different scholarship programs, handled by the Siemens Foundation:
- A scholarship for lab-students donated by ASCP ( American Society for Clinical Pathology) and the Siemens Diagnostic Healthcare division
- A Siemens Merit Scholarship to award exceptional high school students.
Coca-Cola – The Coca-Cola Foundation supports more than 1,400 college students each year, with annual scholarships of $3.4 million through two nationally recognized programs.(http://www.coca-colascholarsfoundation.org/applicants/#.U8N3Pfl_v_E)
P&G – The firm has an annual scholarship program which consists in a competition for children of employees and retirees. Each year, they distribute more than 250 scholarships, for a total amount of $625,000.
Toyota – The Toyota Scholarship Foundation for International Student provides a scholarship to support international students of outstanding academic performance in the Doctoral course.
LVMH – Since 2011, the LVMH Group has awarded scholarships to design students chosen for their skills and motivation. The scholarship will cover all tuition fees so that they can concentrate on their work.(http://www.arts.ac.uk/media/arts/study-at-ual/scholarships-bursaries--loans/awards/documents/The-Grand-Prix-LVMH-Scholarships-1314.pdf)