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Alicia Keys announces Blackberry Scholars programme for women in Singapore

Caroline Ng | June 11, 2013
Blackberry rolls out university scholarships to win more women into the fields of science and technology.

Blackberry has today launched 10 full, four-year university scholarships to engage women in Singapore to develop careers in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).

Named the Blackberry Scholars programme, the scholarship is the brainchild of singer Alicia Keys, who is also the company's global creative director.

"Women are under-represented in fields of science and technology, and we feel strongly that it's time to drive a change," said Keys.

She added that mentoring and support for women is needed in the fields of STEM across Singapore as global research has shown that 56 percent of them leave the technology industry after entering it.

The scholarship aims to level the playing field by creating more opportunities for women to enter the industry.

Applications are now open to potential candidates and will be closed at 5pm on 26 June.

A panel of accomplished women, led by Alicia Keys, will select the scholars based on their passion and academic merit.

 

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