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March 12, 2015

Apple Pledges $50 Million to Interest Women and Minorities in Tech Careers

Apple has committed more than $50 million to projects aimed at expanding the pipeline of minorities and women from higher education to the tech industry, Fortune writes. The bulk of the donation, more than $40 million, will go to the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, which supports historically black colleges and universities.

The nonprofit fund will use the money to create a database of computer-science majors at public HBCUs, train students and faculty, and provide scholarships, with Apple offering paid internships to the most promising students. "We wanted to create opportunities for minority candidates to get their first job at Apple," said Denise Young Smith, the company's head of human resources. She said Apple is "dogged about the fact that we can't innovate without being diverse and inclusive."

The computer and device giant will give another $10 million over four years to the National Center for Women and Information Technology. The center is aiming to double the number of students it supports with internships, scholarships, and other resources and to build its outreach to middle-school girls.