The search giant has released details of its program for mothers, with a goal to help boost the numbers of women and girls in STEM careers.
Key points:Google has launched a scholarship program to help mothers of young childrenThe initiative has received a lot of attention from the media, with some commentators questioning whether it is effectiveGoogle says it is launching the program in partnership with the Australian Institute of Health and WelfareThe program is funded by a $300,000 grant from the Australian Government, but Google is also looking to expand the program to include students who have family support.
“We are also making great strides to make sure that we can provide a safe, secure and nurturing environment for young women to pursue STEM careers,” Google said in a statement.
“This is the right way to do so, and we are thrilled to be working with the Commonwealth to make that happen.”
The program will be launched over the next two years, starting in the fall of 2018.
“The program aims to help provide a pathway for mothers to make the transition from primary school to university,” Google added.
“With a range of support resources to help ensure they can achieve their goals, it is essential that the program is accessible and accessible to all.”
The initiative comes after Google announced its first scholarship program in the US, the “First to Make it” scholarship, which offered $5,000 towards the tuition fees of first-time college students.
Google has since introduced similar scholarships in India, and it also announced a similar program for young people in the Philippines.
Google’s program for its mothers aims to offer a safe and nurturing learning environment for women in STEM fields, particularly those who have no family support, and is funded entirely by the Australian government.
Google will also offer $10,000 to a woman in the UK who graduates with the equivalent of a BA or PhD.
Google said it is also launching the “Start Here” program in Australia, in partnership to support women who want to enter STEM careers, as well as other Australian women.
“Our partnership with Google Australia is part of our broader efforts to ensure that our students can achieve an ambitious pathway to university and beyond,” a Google spokesperson said.
“For women of colour and under-represented groups, this program is a key component in providing support and resources for those in need.”
Google is also in talks to set up a similar scholarship program focused on female students from disadvantaged backgrounds in India.