Diversity brings a variety of ideas, perspectives and experiences to the workplace and creates a positive environment where everyone has the opportunity to thrive.
As part of our commitment to enhance and increase diversity, equity and inclusion in academia and the technology workforce, we established the CGI Empowerment Scholarship at the University of South Alabama (USA) School of Computing. The scholarship reflects our vision to create opportunities for young people in Alabama and help invest in a workforce prepared for the technology-driven challenges and opportunities of the 21st century.
“This scholarship is another example of CGI’s commitment to student success in the important and growing computing fields, to diversity and inclusion in both the classroom and the workplace and to recruiting talented young technology professionals to learn, live, work and impact our local community,” says Dr. Alec Yasinsac, Dean of USA’s School of Computing.
Providing equal opportunities to computing students
The scholarship benefits incoming freshmen students and students from underserved communities who may have experienced educational disparities. Through it, we seek to increase diversity within the student population and support students who intend to remain in the Mobile, Alabama area to use their experience and education in making a positive impact on their local community.
To be granted a scholarship, applicants submit an essay discussing their educational challenges, goals, career plans and their thoughts on why diversity in the technology workforce is essential and empowering.
CGI’s US$10,000 scholarship endowment will be matched dollar for dollar by the university’s Mitchell-Moulton Scholarship Initiative, doubling our investment in students and providing them greater tuition support.
Empowering students to pursue rewarding careers
Together with USA, we want to expose more students to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) related disciplines and careers, to enhance diversity in the classroom and in the workplace and to empower students to be advocates for new and diverse perspectives across the technology sector. To help achieve this goal, our professionals serve on the school’s advisory board, mentor students through internships and provide job opportunities to graduates.
We also have partnerships with other colleges and universities to provide tuition assistance and scholarships, guest speakers for classes and STEM initiatives among middle and high school students.