BlackBerry Kicks Off Global Scholars Program

BlackBerry Scholars Program led by world-renowned musician/singer Alicia Keys, BlackBerry’s New Creative Director (photo credits to :

Eight esteemed women, led by Alicia Keys, will select up to ten recipients from over 500 applicants to receive full four-year tuition scholarships in STEM-related fields 

Globally, women are vastly under-represented in technology fields.  To help attract more women to our industry and address this massive gender gap, BlackBerry® is championing the next generation of women leaders in mobile computing as they advance their careers in this highly-competitive industry.

The BlackBerry® Scholars Program, announced in May by Alicia Keys, BlackBerry’s creative director, is a global four-year scholarship program for outstanding women entering their first year of undergraduate study at an accredited college or university. The Program is designed to help drive the number of women engaged in mobile computing and related science, technology, engineering and math fields.

We are pleased to announce that in this first year of the program, we received over 500 applications from women across 43 countries over the two month application period. From this group, up to ten talented and passionate young women will be chosen to receive full tuition scholarships.

A panel of inspirational and accomplished women leaders in this space will choose the scholars based on their academic merit and passion for entering the mobile computing industry. This panel, headed by Alicia Keys, includes:

  • Barbara Stymiest, Chairperson, BlackBerry (Canada)
  • Shinta W. Dhanuwardoyo, Founder,; Managing Partner, Nusantara Ventures (Indonesia)
  • Delphine Ernotte-Cunci, Executive Director, Orange (France)
  • Linda D. Hallman, Executive Director and CEO, American Association of University Women (USA)
  • Sara Martinez-Tucker, President and CEO, National Math and Science Initiative (USA)
  • Belinda Parmar, Founder and CEO, Lady Geek (UK)
  • Maria Teresa Ruiz, Astronomer (Chile)

In addition to providing full, four-year course tuition, BlackBerry® will also offer mentorship and professional opportunities to each of the scholars. Selected scholars are expected to be announced on the 31st July.

Scholarship details can be found here:

 <This is a press release from BlackBerry>


Here is the link to my blogpost on the results/update of the BlackBerry Scholars Program,


22 Responses to “BlackBerry Kicks Off Global Scholars Program”

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  1. maritel says:

    good for Blackberry! This is a really good CSR program sinc it is a long term one that can change people’s lives for the better.

  2. this is a great corporate social responsibility – hope other big companies will follow and make a change.

  3. lily says:

    Have they chosen the lucky girls yet? This is a nice program to involve women in “technology” matters. I wonder why such term has always been associated with males.

  4. jenny (from FBW) says:

    this is really a good cause.. i guess one of the reason that woman dont strive in this kind of thing is because they are just considered the side dish of the main menu. they are not given a major rule I hope this thing will change in the future…. good that BB is making a step towards it

  5. Tess says:

    Good luck to all the applicants. Whoever got selected will be selected are all deserving scholars.

  6. Franc Ramon says:

    Nice to see that blackberry has a scholarship program as part of their corporate social responsibility.

  7. Wow! This is one more step to empower women of today’s society. Putting women in an industry mostly reserved for men, just like in this case (mobile computing), furthers the cause of equality among men of women of today’s generation… 🙂

  8. This program can open up tremendous opportunities for women in the world of mobile computing.

  9. wow! way to go for Blackberry, time to give back to the community by giving a scholarship program to women.

  10. Adobotech says:

    This is a nice move of Blackberry to get involved in their social works. Hoping that all giant companies will also do this.

  11. Algene says:

    Ohh this post reminds me of my unpublished press release for BlackBerry! I feel so guilty. Hahaha Is your blog design new? Cute ate. Who gave your site a makeover?

    • louiseinthehouse says:

      Jay Rule, our co-blogger Algene hehe 🙂 I seriously need to improve this as well as my other blog, It’s Where You At. Idol baya tika hahaha 🙂

  12. This is so cool! Didn’t know Blackberry has a very big heart for students! ♥♥♥

  13. jane says:

    wow! that is a huge achievements for woman all over the world!! i am not that fond of blackberry and doesnt know much about it but this sounds amazing!

  14. RonLeyba says:

    Great line up of panel. Women with great achievements in life! Kudos!

  15. papaleng says:

    A project worthy of commendation. Good job BlackBerry, hope more scholars to come.

  16. Shie says:

    Kudos to Blackberry for coming up with this scholarship for outstanding women! Hooray to girl power! 🙂

  17. Sarah says:

    This is really nice. At least blackberry isn’t all about sales, they have a good cause too. Good luck to all aspiring scholars! 🙂

  18. Mommy Pehpot says:

    that’s a really nice program to encourage women to engage in technology…do you have the list of those who made it?

  19. This is wonderful.. But considering the number of scholars that they’ll be taking in to their goal of bridging the massive gender gap.. I think its not enough unless they do this methodically by increasing the sholars per school year