Engineering Diversity Scholarship 2014

Applications are due Oct. 15

 

What is this scholarship all about?

At Box, we believe that the most engaging, intellectually stimulating conversations are founded in diversity. Different backgrounds and varied life experiences foster unique perspectives and give us more tools with which to solve the challenges we face as builders. This is a really, really good thing.

We want you to bring your unique perspective to the technology field, add your voice to the conversation, and help grow a broader, richer, more diverse technology community. As an engineering company, we have a vested interest in your success (and we hope you'll work with us someday).

We are offering the Box Engineering Diversity Scholarship to support you as you pursue a career in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics). Five scholarships will be awarded to female and minority students who are applying technology to their fields.

Prizes will be awarded as follows:

  • One grand-prize $20,000 scholarship
  • Four $4,000 scholarships

Finalists will be awarded a trip to Box HQ for Scholarship Weekend 2014, Nov 12-15. At HQ they will meet and interview with the scholarship committee and participate in activities with fellow scholarship finalists. The grand-prize winner will be selected from the finalists and announced during Scholarship Weekend.

 

Who are we looking for?

We’re looking for people seeking to use technology to solve problems big and small. We’re looking for students who bring unique perspectives to their field. We’re looking for natural leaders who have a collaborative, entrepreneurial spirits and aren’t afraid to pursue their dreams in the face of adversity. We appreciate your uniqueness, and we’re looking for future engineers who champion diversity, from every angle.

But, we do have a couple of specific requirements:

  • Must be a current college sophomore or junior
  • Must be enrolled in science, engineering, information technology, mathematics, or a related major
  • Must identify with a minority group (e.g. female, LGBT, Hispanic, African American, or Native American).
  • Must be enrolled in an accredited four-year post-secondary institution located in the United States
  • Must be a US citizen
  • Must be available to travel to Box Headquarters in Los Altos, CA for the finalist weekend Nov 12-15.
 

Common Questions

What’s the fine print?

Rules and regulations surrounding the Box Engineering Diversity Scholarship are as follows:

  • Must be enrolled in science, engineering, information technology, mathematics, or a related major.
  • Must identify with a minority group (e.g. female, LGBT, Hispanic, African American, or Native American).
  • Must be enrolled in the second or third year of study at an accredited four-year post-secondary institution located in the United States.
  • Must be a US citizen.
  • Must be available to travel to Box Headquarters in Los Altos, CA for the finalist weekend Nov 12-15.
  • Scholarship funds will be sent to the institution's financial aid office (or other appropriate office) in the name of the student in August 2015.
  • Five finalists will be selected in November. One grand-prize winner will be announced during finalist weekend.
  • By submitting an application, you understand and agree that Box may contact you about a future internship that might become available and matches your interest.
  • Selection committee consists of Box employees: all committee decisions are final.
  • If you are selected for a second round of judging, you will be asked to submit a video interview. We will provide the format and it will take no more than 30 minutes. You will be given 3 days to complete this, and you will be notified October 17.
  • If you are selected as a finalist, you may be asked to be an ambassador for the Box Engineering Diversity Scholarship at your school next year.
  • Only applicants who are selected into the next second round of judging will be notified.

When will my school receive payment?

Scholarship funds will be sent to the institution's financial aid office (or other appropriate office) in the name of the student in August 2015.

What if I’m planning on transferring schools between now and August 2015?

Your scholarship award will be sent to the school where you are enrolled as of August 2015. If you’re planning to transfer, you should still apply. We will confirm institution information with all finalists upon selection.

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What is the selection process like?

There are three rounds of judging. The first round is based on your written application. The selection committee will choose some applicants to proceed to the second round. Those that make it to the second round will be asked to submit a short video interview. We will provide the format, and it will take no more than 30 minutes. You will be given 3 days to complete the video interview. The goal of the second round is to pick the 5 finalists. If you are a finalist, you will be asked to attend Finalist Weekend at Box Headquarters in Los Altos where there will be some in person interviews with Box employees and some fun activities. The grand-prize winner will be chosen during finalist weekend.