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Empowering Women
through Mobile Technology

Thank you for your interest in the BlackBerry Scholars Program, the application period has now closed.

The Process


Science, Technology,
Engineering and Math.


an essay on how you’re going to
make your mark on the world.


some facts & information about yourself, your financial situation, and your college/university.


an official High School transcript
& two recommendations.


for a chance to receive a four-year
scholarship award.

The Program

The BlackBerry® Scholars Program 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 increase the number of women studying and influencing the future of mobile computing, including Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, and particularly those with an interest and/or aptitude in the mobile computing space.

Meet Our Ten BlackBerry Scholars

Over the 7 week application period, the BlackBerry Scholars Program received over 500 applications from women across 43 countries. BlackBerry is thrilled to announce the talented and passionate scholarship recipients of the BlackBerry Scholars Program:

Katherine Chen
Hanover, NH, United States
Harvard College

Applied Mathematics and Computer Science

Anastasia Santasheva
Maple, ON, Canada
University of Waterloo

Systems Design Engineering

Leah Clark
Swansea, United Kingdom
Durham University

Computer Science

Tian Qi (Dinah) Shi
Mississauga, ON, Canada
University of Waterloo

Software Engineering

Khuyen Duong
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Oklahoma State University

Computer Science

Sravya Vishnubhatla
Louisville, KY, United States
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Biological Engineering and Computer Science

Aneesha Kommineni
Austin, TX, United States
University of Texas

Computer Science

Xiao Yan (Cheyenne) Guo
Toronto, ON, Canada
University of Waterloo

Honors Mathematics

Tafadzwa Makaza
Johannesburg, South Africa
Coventry University

Honors Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Rozie Yeghiazarian
Hollywood, CA, United States
Rochester Institute of Technology
Mechanical Engineering 

Each recipient was chosen by a panel of inspirational and accomplished women leaders in STEM based on their academic merit and passion for entering the mobile computing industry. This panel, headed by Alicia Keys, included:

  • Barbara Stymiest, Chairperson, BlackBerry (Canada)
  • Shinta W. Dhanuwardoyo, Founder & Chairwoman of (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)

At BlackBerry, we know we have a role and responsibility to help grow and develop the next generation of women in mobile computing and STEM fields and look forward to helping these young women influence mobile computing and inspire more young women to pursue careers in STEM fields.

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