Reason One recognizes the steep barriers that systemic racism and inequality have placed in our society. The reality of our current climate — including ongoing police brutality, the Black Lives Matter movement, and the disproportionate effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on marginalized communities — has led us to take action by supporting and investing in the Black community.
The tech industry has an inequality and representation problem because of systemic barriers against members of racialized communities. As technology sees extensive growth and demand, Black people remain dramatically underrepresented in the field.
In fact, Black tech workers make up only 2.6% in Canada’s tech industry, and just 7% in the United States. This lack of diversity in the industry presents a barrier to innovation and exposes the harmful effect of racial bias in technology, which negatively impacts Black communities. In order to create a more equitable future in the field, we have to be active participants in providing equity to those working in our industry.
The 2021 deadline to apply has passed, as of April 23, 2021. Please check back for updates. Follow Reason One on Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram for more information about the program, or reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Reason One Mentorship & Scholarship Program will award scholarship and mentorship opportunities to Black students who are enrolled or recently accepted in a digital-related program, pursuing or with plans to pursue a career in the tech industry.
This program is explicitly focused on removing the systemic, financial, and socio-economic barriers that Black students encounter in tech career paths.
The Reason One Mentorship & Scholarship Program is offering:
- One $10,000 scholarship toward tuition and training, plus ongoing mentorship
- Five $1,000 scholarships towards application fees, textbooks, and other expenses
All six scholarship recipients will also be invited to take part in a professional development day hosted by Reason One.
The $10,000 scholarship recipient will receive a 1-year mentorship program with Reason One, focused on career planning and professional development — helping to inform and prepare their transition to a career in tech.
The deadline to apply is April 23, 2021.
To be eligible, you must:
- Identify as Black, African American, African Canadian or African-descent
- Be between the ages of 17-35 years old
- Live in Ontario, Canada or South Carolina, USA
- Be enrolled or accepted to a full or part-time digital-related program at a college, university, or specialized program (such as a Bootcamp, etc.)
- Have an interest in pursuing a career in the tech industry
- Have demonstrated financial need/support
How to apply
You'll need to submit an online application by April 23, 2021.
Each application requires the following:
- A copy of your resume that includes:
- School and community-related activities or programs
- Honors and awards that you may have received
- Work experience
- "Your story" as a document or video:
- 500 words if written, or less than 5 minutes if video
- Your story can provide an overview of your academic and/or professional background, and answer questions like:
- What are your career goals?
- What innovative projects have you worked on?
- Why would you benefit from this program?
- Two letters of recommendation:
- Letters of recommendation should be original and should not be duplicates of college/university recommendation letters. You may choose to share a professional, academic, or character reference.
All applications will be reviewed four weeks after the April 23rd deadline by a selection committee. The top ten candidates will be contacted for a virtual interview. The chosen scholarship applicants will be notified by May 20, 2021.
All materials must be submitted through the online application. Emailed or mailed documents will not be accepted.
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