There’s A Hidden Figures Scholarship For Girls And Women Pursuing Careers In STEM

December 1, 2016  |  

The thing that’s so exciting about the upcoming film Hidden Figures is not only that it highlights the real life accomplishments of Black women in a historical moment. But also because of the Black girls and women who will see themselves in the portrayals of these women and be subsequently inspired to reach for their own goals.

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But the makers of the film, including producer Pharrell, Pepsico and 21st Century Fox, are taking it beyond just representation. They’re offering scholarships to young women who are pursuing passions and careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

The scholarship website, lists the requirements.

If you’re a female with talent in STEM who hasn’t yet been recognized for her great work or potential, this is your chance: Tell us how you’ll use STEM to change the world, and you could win $50,000 in scholarship money, plus exciting opportunities that will help you pursue the work you love. We have two opportunities—junior and professional—so choose the age group that’s right for you and apply by Dec. 10!

The competition is open to both high school students as well as professional women. The committee is accepting applications from November 14 to December 10. Semifinalists will be announced between Dec. 17 -30. And then on January 12, two grand prize winners (one from each age group) will be selected by the panel of judges: Hidden Figures producers Donna Gigliotti and Pharrell Williams, President of Fox 2000 Pictures, Elizabeth Gabler and President and CEO of the New York Academy of Sciences, Ellis Rubinstein.

The judges are giving away $200,000 in scholarship money. 50 semifinalists will receive movie tickets to Hidden Figures, professionals will receive a year of free membership to the New York Academy of Sciences, High school students will be admitted to the Junior Academy and will also have access to bootcamp material.

The 10 Runners Up will each receive a $10,000 scholarship, attend a hometown screening of Hidden Figures, membership for professional and high school students to the New York Academy of Sciences and access to the bootcamp material.

And lastly, 2 grand prize winners receive a $50,000 scholarship, a three night trip to Orlando, Florida, tickets to Hidden Figures, access to bootcamp materials and membership in the New York Academy of Sciences.

If you meet the requirements or know someone who does, you can learn more about the scholarship contest, here.

Veronica Wells is the culture editor at MadameNoire.com. She is also the author of “Bettah Days.” You can follow her on Facebook and Twitter @VDubShrug.

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