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In a bid to dispel stereotypes surrounding the tech industry, correct current gender imbalances, and nurture future talent, PayPal launched the Women Luminaries Programme (WLP) yesterday (20 August).
The first instalment of the WLP is designed to identify female students from several local universities who demonstrate a keen interest and aptitude to build a career in tech.
Beginning on 20 August 2019, the programme awards three annual scholarships of S$12,000 to a student from each of the participating universities – Nanyang Technological University, Singapore Management University, and Singapore University of Technology and Design.
Apart from the one-time scholarship, PayPal Luminaries will have access to:
- PayPal’s extensive network of mentors and industry experts for career guidance.
- Exclusive technical workshops, events, courses that are offered to PayPal employees.
- An opportunity to intern with PayPal for their university attachments and receive exposure to real-life scenarios and problem-solving under close guidance from PayPal’s senior engineers.
- Invitations to PayPal Singapore’s Inclusion & Diversity social events.
“Gender diversity and inclusion plays a huge role in PayPal’s core values, and we are committed to creating an environment where individuals of diverse backgrounds are welcomed,” said Jerry Tso, Director, PayPal Singapore’s Development Center.
“In building the fintech ecosystem, it is important that we promote women in engineering by nurturing female tech talent and provide them with opportunities that would help them stay in the industry and become leaders. With our expertise and network, PayPal is in the position to offer these opportunities and build Singapore’s next generation of fintech talent that will see women on par with men in the industry in every aspect,” he added.
The WLP is open to Singaporeans and Permanent Residents residing in the country. Applicants should be in their second or third year of their bachelor programmes in courses related to computer science or engineering with one of the three participating universities. Applicants must demonstrate strong capabilities to innovate and contribute to the tech industry.
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