Motorola funds female engineers

Motorola Solutions

Wednesday, 26 September, 2018

Motorola funds female engineers

Motorola Solutions is celebrating its 90th anniversary by providing $90,000 to fund a scholarship initiative for women pursuing engineering careers.

The Motorola Solutions Foundation has donated these funds to the Society of Women Engineers (SWE), the world’s largest advocate and catalyst for change for women in engineering and technology.

The charitable gift enables SWE to launch its inaugural global scholarship program, building on decades of stewarding scholarship programs focused primarily in the United States.

“As a global company with a 90-year heritage of innovation, we are proud to work with the Society of Women Engineers and invest in the next generation of female innovators,” said Matt Blakely, Executive Director of the Motorola Solutions Foundation.

“As the leading provider of mission-critical communications solutions, we’re committed to building a pipeline of talented students who will invent new ways to build safer cities and thriving communities around the world.”

The Motorola Solutions Foundation gift is expected to fund 18 scholarships — each valued at $5000 — to women pursuing engineering degrees from one of 3800 ABET-accredited programs at colleges and universities in 31 countries. Priority will be given to underrepresented populations as well as students demonstrating financial need.

“This gift unlocks a significant turning point for SWE. For more than six decades, we’ve provided women engineers with a unique platform and voice in the engineering industry. Thanks to the Motorola Solutions Foundation, we’re looking forward to empowering even more women around the world,” said Penny Wirsing, President of SWE.

Female students interested in the scholarship can click here to learn more about scholarship requirements and sign up to be notified when the application process opens in December. Scholarships will be awarded in May 2019.

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