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HARMAN and 1,000 Dreams Fund announce this year’s annual New Face of Tech grant programme

This national scholarship supports women pursuing university degrees and careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM)

HARMAN and the 1,000 Dreams Fund (1DF) have launched this year’s annual HARMAN Inspired New Face of Tech grant programme. This national scholarship supports women pursuing university degrees and careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM).

1DF is a major partner of HARMAN’s global cause platform, HARMAN Inspired, which works to empower the next generation of music and STEAM professionals. This year, HARMAN is expanding its commitment to 1DF to honour twice as many female students in pursuit of STEAM careers as in the first two years of the competition combined.

The New Face of Tech programme began accepting applications on November 7 and will run through Wednesday, December 18. Over the course of the submission period, 1DF will select and announce winners weekly with the final winners to be announced on December 19, 2019. HARMAN and 1DF will provide each winner with a financial grant, career coaching sessions with HARMAN leadership, resume workshops and a direct line to interview for internships and permanent fulltime roles. To support their study habits, each scholarship winner will also receive premium headphones or multimedia speakers from HARMAN’s JBL product line. To provide further career exposure, the winners will be featured as the #NewFaceofTech by 1DF’s Twitter through a social campaign that will highlight their individual stories.

“HARMAN and the 1,000 Dreams Fund joined forces to found the New Face of Tech grant programme in 2017,” said Dinesh C. Paliwal, president and CEO, HARMAN. “This year, we are doubling down on our pledge by not only awarding winners scholarships but also by pairing them with a mentor in their desired field and by offering them the opportunity to interview for a role at HARMAN. We believe that this type of direct access will generate a more diverse pool of candidates for STEAM professions and will, ultimately, drive stronger, more innovative leadership.”

Continued investment in the talent pipeline is critical. According to the 2019 Women CEOs of the S&P 500 list, women hold just 5.4 per cent of all CEO positions across American companies, with continued underrepresentation in tech, one of the fastest-growing professional occupations in the US.

“Passionate, intelligent women interested in STEAM need support and guidance early in their careers to help them meet their full potential,” said Christie Garton, founder and CEO of 1DF. “New Face of Tech and the other programmes that 1,000 Dreams Fund offers with the assistance of long-time partners like HARMAN are necessary to level the playing field in male-dominated professions like technology, engineering and math.”

Women with career aspirations in STEAM fields can enter by submitting a photo that demonstrates how they represent the #NewFaceofTech along with a personal account describing how they plan to use the grant funding to achieve their goals. Winners will be selected based on the quality of their submission, including a demonstrated commitment to their career dream in STEAM and clear vision for how winning the New Face of Tech programme will help further accelerate progress towards their dream.

To learn more and apply, visit the New Face of Tech website.