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November 13, 2013

Cisco Systems Launches Multiple Diversity Scholarships

Super ePartner, Cisco Systems recently made a $20,000 gift to the department as a significant investment toward establishing multiple diversity-related scholarships to benefit computer science students.

In an effort to encourage academic excellence and leadership development among college students in STEM disciplines, Cisco will be awarding a total of seven new scholarships for the 2013-15 academic years ranging from $1,000 to $1,500 each, to be awarded to computer science students who are actively engaged in the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE), Society of Women Engineers (SWE) or Women in Computer Science (WiCS) student organizations.  
Ken Tate, Director of Development & External Relations for the department of computer science says, “Student organizations such as those targeted through these awards provide incredibly valuable networking, mentoring and nurturing resources that support the retention of a diverse student population in computer science and engineering as a whole.” Tate says it is his hope that the awards will help increase the exposure that these student organizations have with students.    
In addition to being an active member of NSBE, SHPE, SWE or WiCS student organizations, preference goes to fully matriculated computer science undergraduates with GPAs of 3.0 or higher.  While not required, Cisco also hopes that awardees will consider interviewing for an internship opportunity with Cisco.


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