Microsoft Announces Annual Scholarship Winners

REDMOND, Wash., July 15, 1996 — As part of the company’s annual scholarship program, Microsoft Corp. today announced it has awarded more than 100 scholarships totaling over $526,000 to undergraduate college and high school students across the United States. This program, now in its eighth year, is designed to encourage students to pursue careers in technical fields and targets awards at those interested in the study of computer science. A key element of the scholarship program involves increased funding for minority and women’s technical scholarship programs, furthering the company’s outreach efforts to these underrepresented groups.

Broadened Outreach

“This year we’re very excited to broaden our outreach by expanding the minority and women’s technical scholarship programs to a national level and to include five more scholarships specifically for women,”
said Barbara Dingfield, manager of corporate contributions and community programs at Microsoft.
“While Microsoft’s scholarship program continues to underscore the company’s commitment to the entire educational community, we are especially eager to encourage and support a wide variety of students who excel in the study of computer science and other technical disciplines.”

Internship Program

As part of the scholarship program, Microsoft also offers scholarship winners an opportunity to participate in its summer intern program.

“Scholarships from Microsoft are sought by the finest students in the country,”
said Ed Lazowska, professor and chairman of computer science and engineering at the University of Washington.
“Not only does Microsoft provide students with financial support, the company also takes an active interest in the scholarship winners’ career development. By inviting them to take part in an intensive internship experience, Microsoft gives students the opportunity to participate in the development process of exciting new products and technologies.”

Scholarship Program Partnerships

Through its sponsorship of national diversity engineering conferences, in-class technical presentations, programming contests and panel discussions, Microsoft hopes to encourage student interest in the high-technology industry. The company works in partnership with a number of organizations, including the Society of Women Engineers; the Computing Research Association; National Conference Scholarship Programs, including the American Indian Science and Engineering Society, Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers and the National Society of Black Engineers; and the Upsilon Pi Epsilon Scholarship Program.

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