Apple Now Awarding Up to 350 WWDC Scholarships for Students

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple will award up to 350 students and developers belonging to select STEM organizations that promote diversity with scholarships to attend its recently announced Worldwide Developers Conference next June 8 to 12 in San Francisco, as spotted by Re/code. The company previously limited WWDC scholarships to 200 students and developers at past conferences, and is raising that limit in an effort to promote diversity within the developer community.

    WWDC scholarships are available to students aged 13 or older and members of participating organizations around the world that promote science, technology, engineering and math education for young women and other ethnic groups. Apple awards selected students with a free WWDC ticket, normally $1,599, and may cover travel and accommodation costs at its discretion. All other expenses incurred during the trip must be covered by the student.

    WWDC scholarship submissions, including a Mac or iOS app, can be made April 22 at 10:00 AM PDT through April 26 at 5:00 PM PDT, and all applicants will be notified about their selection status by May 8. Apple specifies that developers between 13-17 years of age must have their submission completed by their parent or guardian. Eligible students can read Apple's WWDC Scholarships page and WWDC Scholarship Guidelines and Terms for more information.

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  2. Hodar1 macrumors member


    Nov 30, 2011
    In the middle of the Rocky Mountains, for now.

    So, if you are like the people in the picture - you are not welcome. White and Asians, no matter what their financial background, no matter what their aptitude, test scores or accomplishments do not "deserve" any help.

    However, in the interest in "fairness" if your skin is of a different color, or you have different plumbing, you will get help, without regard to your aptitude, test scores or accomplishments, because, based solely upon your skin color and gender - you do "deserve" help.

    This is one of the benefits of living in a "color-blind" and gender-free society - we judge the results of a race not by opportunities to compete in life, but by who crosses the finish line first, second or third.

    Apparently hard work, determination, and perseverance are outdated models. The winners will be picked based upon criteria that are outside the individual's control.
  3. TheRealTVGuy macrumors 6502a


    Jul 21, 2010
    Orlando, FL
    As a white American male am I going to have to miss out on this too?

    Darn it! This is senior year of high school all over again...
  4. tevion5 macrumors 68000


    Jul 12, 2011
    I take it my "Hello World" app won't cut it :/
  5. japanime macrumors 68000


    Feb 27, 2006
  6. ctg7w6 macrumors 6502

    Oct 23, 2014
    You are absolutely right. If you look at all like those three students in the picture... Apple is not interested in you. Of course, they will need them, after the AA-scholarship recipients don't work out and they need someone to design their new hardware. And they'll just promote the AA-recipients to management so that they don't need any technical proficiency.

    See? Now everyone ends up with a job and we don't have to worry about little things like merit.


    Yep, you know it. But it wouldn't be political or a "social issue" except Apple made it that way.

    I have an idea for Apple. Stay out of politics. Worry about your business. Quit meddling in society and start improving the new MacBook and Watch, rather than caring about people's gender and race so much. I don't care about their race or gender, I just want better products.
  7. ArtOfWarfare macrumors G3


    Nov 26, 2007
    No, but submitting Battery Status to this when I was a student got me an interview with Apple's team that makes mice, keyboards, and trackpads.
  8. WestonHarvey1 macrumors 68020

    Jan 9, 2007
    White liberal tech people in the Valley are extremely racist and sexist, which is why they're constantly doing things like this. Contrast that with the presumptively racist South, where black people work side by side with whites in every imaginable profession.

    Liberals love to accuse others of what they themselves are guilty of. How many black software engineers work at Apple? 2?
  9. Mums Suspended


    Oct 4, 2011
    You can bet they will discriminate against you if you're a White male. They will literally put everyone before you in awarding their scholarships. The system is upside down.
  10. narcoleptic macrumors newbie

    Dec 15, 2010
    Never thought there was an overlap between stormfront posters and apple users, but here we are.
  11. Crzyrio macrumors 65816

    Jul 6, 2010
    Has anyone applied to this before?

    I have a very simple app, I am developing that communicates with an Arduino via Bluetooth. Wondering if I should take the time to give it a go? :p
  12. HurtinMinorKey macrumors 6502

    Jan 18, 2012
    Because it's soo hard to be a white male these days....
  13. bawbac macrumors 65816


    Mar 2, 2012
    Seattle, WA
    No different than a Union except their criteria for advancement is just time served regardless of performance.
  14. WestonHarvey1 macrumors 68020

    Jan 9, 2007
    Depends. What color are you?
  15. Saucesome2000 macrumors 6502


    Dec 10, 2014
    Nashville, TN
    I just wanted to chime in and say I'm surprised and impressed by the comments so far. Being a white male, I'm usually in the ironic minority in these conversations.

    I also wanted to post before it gets moved to the politics forum and I'm not allowed to.
  16. coolspot18 macrumors 65816

    Aug 16, 2010
  17. rdowns macrumors Penryn


    Jul 11, 2003
  18. heeloliver macrumors 6502a


    Sep 6, 2014
    Santa Cruz, CA, USA
    I'm wondering the same thing. Mine is a super simple chemistry calculator, but I may as well apply. Only thing is, I have my own Apple ID Dev program. Not my parents.
  19. HenryDJP macrumors 603

    Nov 25, 2012
    United States
    Welcome to how black people have been treated for that past 100 years. It's about time someone else feels the same pain.
  20. aerok macrumors 65816


    Oct 29, 2011
    At least provide any kind of source to back up your absurd claims.

    Apple is very open to black people.


    Which is very close to the 7% that are black in total for the United States.

    White 55%
    Asian 15%
    Hispanic 11%
    Black 7%
    Two or More 2%
    Other 1%
    Undeclared 9%
  21. brinary001 macrumors 6502a


    Sep 4, 2012
    Midwest, USA
    You beat me to it. I was going to comment the exact same thing. I am a white college student majoring in IT and Comp Sci, and am just as interested in honing my coding skills, yet because there's already a crap ton of my kind doing the same thing, I get jipped. Sounds about right.

    I'm not saying STEM belongs to white, male Americans, but the pendulum of political correctness has swung so far the other way that now there almost seems to be a reverse racism and exclusionary practice at play here. I am a strong advocate for STEM to be accepting of all, especially women, but this is getting a little out of hand.


    It couldn't be more opposite of everything you just claimed. Silicon Valley is probably the most open region with the most open professions in the world. Perhaps a little too open as I have mentioned in my first comment. And yeah as another poster already pointed out, you can't use that last bit of your argument without sources, even if you are just exaggerating.
  22. mgguy macrumors 6502


    Dec 26, 2006
    I thought Tim Cook was against businesses being able to discriminate against someone based on their innate personal characteristics (sexual orientation, race, gender, etc.). Isn't gving or withholding favors based on such characteristics just as offensive as denying services to someone on this basis (e.g., not catering food for a gay wedding reception)?
  23. tevion5 macrumors 68000


    Jul 12, 2011
    It's racist to employ people based on colour. All these Californian companies employ people that will make them the most money. They are too focused nonprofits to care about skin for heavens sake.

    While I think too that modern liberals are some of the quickest to cause others of racism and prejudice when they don't completely agree with them on something, I feel your concern here is unfounded.

    Software engineering has virtually no female people in it either. I'm a Computer science student and there are about 4 women in my class of 120! Does that mean women are worse programmers? No, or course not. But it doesn't mean there should be silly quotas that ignore talented males for the sake of 'fairness'. The Irish government here has gender quotas now and I think it is actually not a good thing for women and the feminist movement. It makes them look like they couldn't get into power alone, and they need extra help. How condescending. From Catherine the Great to Angela Merkel, women are well proven to be strong competent leaders. No committee needs to hold their hand.
  24. Saucesome2000 macrumors 6502


    Dec 10, 2014
    Nashville, TN
    That's a great way to get people to see it the other way. Punish the young people of today for what someone they never met did to someone else they never met 100 years ago.

    Beautiful plan. I cannot see how it could backfire.
  25. ThisIsNotMe Suspended

    Aug 11, 2008
    Nice to see Tim Cook continue to support bigoted programs at Apple.

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