Young women sometimes face special barriers to study – their community may disapprove or disallow their education, their families have no money to pay school fees, or their homes are in remote and resource-poor locations around the planet.
For a lucky few, a newly announced scholarship, with HP as its first corporate sponsor, overcomes these societal, financial, and geographic constraints. With a donation of US$ 200,000, HP is funding 100 female students in 2012 and 2013 to pursue the associate degree programs of their choice at the online non-profit University of the People (UoPeople).
The donation was announced by HP Sustainability and Social Innovation vice president, Gabi Zedlmayer as a panelist at this year’s DLD Women Conference (July 11-12) in Munich, Germany. Discussion focused on new rules and new values in education, and how these are affecting girls and women around the world. Gabi said, “By educating the women who are underserved, UoPeople exemplifies the use of technology as a force of powerful good. We are extremely happy to support UoPeople in their most critical mission to change the lives of many women through education and technology”.
HP has long been a champion of democratizing higher education. Around this time last year, the company started providing virtual internships to under-resourced students in collaboration with the educational organizations in the HP Catalyst initiative who are innovating and applying technology to break down learning barriers for disadvantaged youngsters everywhere.
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How can I help? Donate to the scholarship fund
What’s new with the HP Catalyst initiative – find out more: www.hp.com/go/catalyst
University of the People link: http://www.uopeople.org/