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Amazon launch Churchill College bursary for women in engineering

By Ben Comber

Doug Gurr, UK Country Manager, Amazon
Doug Gurr, UK Country Manager, Amazon

Aims to help young women who will become future leaders in innovation.

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Amazon have announced a new bursary to start this autumn that will be awarded to a young woman studying computer science.

It's a £5000 grant that will go to a young women from a less advantaged background, helping to fulfil ambitions of a career in innovation and technology.

The Amazon Women in Innovation Bursary Scheme has been operating in Edinburgh and is this year being extended to the Cambridge University College and King's college London. The institutes were chosen based on their close proximity to Amazon development centres.

Doug Gurr, UK country manager for Amazon, said:"We want to foster the next generation of high-tech superstars in Britain and help people from all walks of life invent for the future.

"We hope that over time this new scheme will make a big difference to many young women who one day will become future leaders in innovation.

The Cambridge Bursary Scheme provides financial assistance up to a value of £3,500 per year to UK/EU students from households which have an income below £42,620.

Amazon will also give an additional £1,500 of financial support for computing equipment and travel.

Dr. Sally Boss, Senior Tutor, Churchill College in the University of Cambridge, said:"Churchill College is pleased to partner with Amazon for the Women in Innovation Bursary."

"We believe that this programme will help encourage young women from less advantaged backgrounds to consider studying Computer Sciences at the University, and we're delighted to be working with Amazon to encourage applications to Churchill for the course."

As well as supporting female students' living costs for up to four years, Amazon will also provide mentoring on business skills like CV-building and interview techniques, and a potential work placement at Amazon's local Development Centre.

Katie Worton, 19, benefits from the existing bursary scheme at Edinburgh University. She said:"I've always dreamt of forging a career in a field that's cutting edge and innovative, and I value Amazon's support. The scheme has given me the chance to grow thanks to real-life, hands-on experience during my placement at Amazon's Development Centre in Edinburgh. It's a fantastic programme, and I'd encourage any young woman who wants to explore a career in innovation to apply.


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