The HBCU Lifestyle Podcast was pleased to welcome the Thurgood Marshall College Fund for episode 39. TMCF’s president and CEO, Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., came bearing great news about their partnership with Apple. The two organizations have joined to form the Apple HBCU Scholars Program. HBCU students with a minimum GPA of 3.25 who will be graduating between December 2017 and May 2018 are eligible for the program.
Apple HBCU Scholars will participate in a 12-week internship in Cupertino, California and receive scholarship funding as part of this groundbreaking program. Up to $25,000 based on individual financial needs will be applied to each scholar’s final year of study. Also, each scholar will have an Apple mentor throughout their experience, receive an opportunity to develop key skills, enhance their resumes, and help launch their careers through the hands-on experience gained at one of the top tech companies in the world.
Apple HBCU Scholars Program Criteria
To be eligible, students must be:
- Enrolled full-time at a four-year accredited HBCU or PBI (Predominately Black Institution),
- Currently in the second-to-last year of study, graduating in Fall 2017 or Spring of 2018 (e.g., juniors or seniors pursuing a fifth year of study), and
- Prior internship experience is preferred.
This highly competitive program targets STEM students but opportunities exist for students of all disciplines. The selection process aims to assess critical people skills, along with technical ability, that lend to the success of the Apple HBCU Scholars Program.
The deadline for applications is October 16, 2016, 11:59 p.m. EST.
About Johnny C. Taylor, Jr.
Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., president and CEO of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, joined us to talk about the Apple HBCU Scholars Program. Mr. Taylor was named one of the “Power 100” by Ebony in its list of the 100 most influential African Americans a year after being tapped to lead TMCF. The Thurgood Marshall College Fund is the only national organization representing nearly 300,000 students attending the country’s 47 publicly-supported HBCUs.
Prior to leading TMCF in 2010, Mr. Taylor filled executive roles at several companies. At IAC/InterActiveCorp, he served as their senior vice president of Human Resources before becoming the president and CEO of one of IAC’s operating subsidiaries. Mr. Taylor’s career also included nearly 15 years as litigation partner and president of the human resources consulting business for the McGuireWoods law firm. He also served as executive vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary for Compass Group USA; general counsel and senior vice president of Human Resources for Viacom’s Paramount Pictures Live Entertainment Group; and associate general counsel and vice president of Human Resources for Blockbuster Entertainment Group.
An honors graduate of the University of Miami, Mr. Taylor earned his master’s degree from Drake University and his J.D. with honors from the Drake Law School where he served as research editor of the Drake Law Review and argued on the National Moot Court Team. He is licensed to practice law in Florida, Illinois, and Washington, D.C.
A proud member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., Mr. Taylor serves on several boards. He is on the corporate board of Gallup, the national board of the YMCA, and the Board of Trustees of The Cooper Union, one of the nation’s oldest institutions of higher learning. Mr. Taylor is also a former chairman of the Society for Human Resource Management, one of the world’s largest professional associations with 250,000 members in over 100 countries.
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