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Markham student wins $30K Amazon scholarship

A Unionville High School student is among 10 high school graduates from across the country who will receive $30,000 through the second annual Amazon Future Engineer Canada university scholarship program.

Leyi (William) Wu of Markham will receive the scholarship over four years to help cover tuition and will also have an opportunity to complete a paid summer internship at one of Amazon’s Canadian Tech Hubs. He will study computer science at the University of Toronto beginning this fall.

The Amazon Future Engineer scholarship program supports graduating high school students from underserved and underrepresented communities who have demonstrated exceptional academic performance and leadership in school, work and community activities. To qualify, candidates must plan to study computer science or a related field at an accredited Canadian university and demonstrate financial need.

“At Amazon, fostering diversity in the Canadian tech sector starts with ensuring that students from all backgrounds are able to discover computer science and pursue postsecondary education, focusing on their studies instead of financial concerns,” says Susan Ibach, Head of Amazon Future Engineer Canada. “The 2022 Canadian Amazon Future Engineer scholarship class has demonstrated passion, resilience and commitment to the field of computer science, and we look forward to seeing where this next chapter of their education leads them.”

Amazon Future Engineer is designed to inspire, educate, and prepare children and young adults from underrepresented and underserved communities to pursue computer science.

Amazon is investing $3 million over three years to fund unique computer science learning opportunities for one million students and teachers across the country. The program works with partners Canada Learning Code, FIRST Robotics Canada, Kids Code Jeunesse and TakingITGlobal.

In addition to its scholarship and internship program, Amazon Future Engineer gives students from diverse communities around the world access to computer science educational opportunities to explore project-based learning, using code to make music, program robots and solve problems. Schools, administrators and teachers interested in participating in Amazon Future Engineer can learn more by visiting AmazonFutureEngineer.ca.

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