Stratics Networks, a U.S. & Canadian-based SaaS company and inventor of Ringless Voicemail, announced earlier this month a scholarship of up to $10,000 for LGBTQ youth entering STEM and STEM-related areas of study.
“Stratics Networks is very pleased to announce this scholarship during Pride Month. It is a small way of demonstrating our commitment and support of diversity in the tech industry”, said Mr. Josh Justice, CEO of Stratics Networks. “It is only by bringing in a plurality of ideas, opinions and life experiences to the industry that truly great innovation can happen. Getting a bunch of people together who think the same way is not the best method to help solve the world’s problems.”
Stratics Networks also announced findings from a 2018 study by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), which found that close to 30% of LGTBQ youth avoided careers in STEM and STEM-related areas because of fears of discrimination. Gender stereotyping in this area, it would appear, is still an unfortunate reality in many workplaces and it is a barrier to entering science and technology-based sectors at a time when we need bright young minds more than ever.
How to Qualify
The Stratics Networks’ LGTBQ Scholarship is funded to a maximum of $10,000. It will be awarded for the Fall 2019 academic year.
Students currently enrolled at any U.S. or Canadian-based college or university in a STEM-related field of study are eligible to apply.
Student applicants must meet the following criteria:
- A minimum grade point average (GPA) of 80% in their final year of high school;
- Acceptance and admission in a degree/diploma program at an accredited college or university, majoring in a STEM or STEM-related area of study;
- Be an active supporter and a participant in programs or organizations that promote LGBTQ inclusion.
The deadline to apply is August 1, 2019. More information on the application process can be requested by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.