Apple Now Awarding Up to 350 WWDC Scholarships for Students

Apple will award up to 350 students and developers belonging to select STEM organizations that promote diversity with scholarships to attend its recently announced Worldwide Developers Conference next June 8 to 12 in San Francisco, as spotted by Re/code. The company previously limited WWDC scholarships to 200 students and developers at past conferences, and is raising that limit in an effort to promote diversity within the developer community.

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WWDC scholarships are available to students aged 13 or older and members of participating organizations around the world that promote science, technology, engineering and math education for young women and other ethnic groups. Apple awards selected students with a free WWDC ticket, normally $1,599, and may cover travel and accommodation costs at its discretion. All other expenses incurred during the trip must be covered by the student.

WWDC scholarship submissions, including a Mac or iOS app, can be made April 22 at 10:00 AM PDT through April 26 at 5:00 PM PDT, and all applicants will be notified about their selection status by May 8. Apple specifies that developers between 13-17 years of age must have their submission completed by their parent or guardian. Eligible students can read Apple's WWDC Scholarships page and WWDC Scholarship Guidelines and Terms for more information.

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Top Rated Comments

Saucesome2000 Avatar
82 months ago
Welcome to how black people have been treated for that past 100 years. It's about time someone else feels the same pain.

That's a great way to get people to see it the other way. Punish the young people of today for what someone they never met did to someone else they never met 100 years ago.

Beautiful plan. I cannot see how it could backfire.
Score: 12 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Hodar1 Avatar
82 months ago
Diversity?

So, if you are like the people in the picture - you are not welcome. White and Asians, no matter what their financial background, no matter what their aptitude, test scores or accomplishments do not "deserve" any help.

However, in the interest in "fairness" if your skin is of a different color, or you have different plumbing, you will get help, without regard to your aptitude, test scores or accomplishments, because, based solely upon your skin color and gender - you do "deserve" help.

This is one of the benefits of living in a "color-blind" and gender-free society - we judge the results of a race not by opportunities to compete in life, but by who crosses the finish line first, second or third.

Apparently hard work, determination, and perseverance are outdated models. The winners will be picked based upon criteria that are outside the individual's control.
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
TheRealTVGuy Avatar
82 months ago


promote diversity with scholarships


As a white American male am I going to have to miss out on this too?

Darn it! This is senior year of high school all over again...
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
mgguy Avatar
82 months ago
I thought Tim Cook was against businesses being able to discriminate against someone based on their innate personal characteristics (sexual orientation, race, gender, etc.). Isn't gving or withholding favors based on such characteristics just as offensive as denying services to someone on this basis (e.g., not catering food for a gay wedding reception)?
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
WestonHarvey1 Avatar
82 months ago
White liberal tech people in the Valley are extremely racist and sexist, which is why they're constantly doing things like this. Contrast that with the presumptively racist South, where black people work side by side with whites in every imaginable profession.

Liberals love to accuse others of what they themselves are guilty of. How many black software engineers work at Apple? 2?
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
ctg7w6 Avatar
82 months ago
So, if you are like the people in the picture - you are not welcome. White and Asians, no matter what their financial background, no matter what their aptitude, test scores or accomplishments do not "deserve" any help.

You are absolutely right. If you look at all like those three students in the picture... Apple is not interested in you. Of course, they will need them, after the AA-scholarship recipients don't work out and they need someone to design their new hardware. And they'll just promote the AA-recipients to management so that they don't need any technical proficiency.

See? Now everyone ends up with a job and we don't have to worry about little things like merit.

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And the moderators are going to have to move this thread to the Politics, Religion, Social Issues (https://forums.macrumors.com/forums/politics-religion-social-issues.47/) forum in 3, 2, 1 ...

Yep, you know it. But it wouldn't be political or a "social issue" except Apple made it that way.

I have an idea for Apple. Stay out of politics. Worry about your business. Quit meddling in society and start improving the new MacBook and Watch, rather than caring about people's gender and race so much. I don't care about their race or gender, I just want better products.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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