Brian Carrozza is a Latinos in Technology Scholarship recipient currently entering his junior year at San Jose State University after transferring from Cañada College. He is majoring in mechanical engineering with an emphasis on computer science and is interested in robotics and how smart design can make lives safer and easier. He plans to pursue a career in product design after graduation.
“You are helping me become the best engineer that I can be, so that I may most effectively serve our community and environment,” said Brian. “By awarding me the Latinos in Technology Scholarship, you have lightened my financial burden which allows me to focus more on the most important aspect of school -- learning.”
Brian is a first generation American and an Eagle Scout. Due to Bay Area housing prices and the lack of a local support network, Brian has experienced a variety of housing insecurity over the years, including homelessness. He relies on grants, financial aid, and scholarships to pursue his education, and is thankful that Hispanic Foundation Silicon Valley and Silicon Valley Community Foundation are enabling him to pursue his dreams.
"The generosity of HFSV and SVCF has inspired me to help others and give back to the community,” he says. “I hope one day I will be able to help students achieve their goals just as you have helped me.”
The deadline to apply for Latinos In Technology scholarships is Tuesday, November 13, 2018. Up to 100 one-time and renewable scholarships up to $30,000 will be given out to Latino(a) students who have declared a major in a science, technology, engineering or math (STEM) related field. Eligible students must be of Latino or Hispanic origin, as defined by the U.S. Census Bureau, have a minimum cumulative college grade point average of 3.0, and demonstrate financial need. View full eligibility requirements here.
The Latinos in Technology Scholarship was established by the Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley, a public foundation dedicated to inspiring community philanthropy and engaging people to invest in the educational achievement and leadership development of a thriving Hispanic community in Silicon Valley. This program will give up to 100 Latino students the support they need to graduate from college; an educational opportunity they would not have access to otherwise. Additionally, scholarship recipients will be considered for summer internships with sponsoring corporate investors. By implementing this program in Silicon Valley, HFSV will be able to directly address the local education gap among Latinos as well as begin to close the high tech employment diversity gap.
Silicon Valley Community Foundation administers more than 45 scholarship programs annually, which grant a total of about $1.4 million a year. These scholarships are a critical part of SVCF’s work in education, benefiting both the recipients and their families. The students receiving these scholarships come from diverse backgrounds and have faced unique challenges.