HP Partners With Texas A&M, UT for New Undergrad Scholarship Program

Hewlett-Packard (NYSE: HPQ) is partnering with Texas A&M University and The University of Texas at Austin to create a pilot scholarship program that opens doors to crucial career-development opportunities for students with an interest in technology.

Texas A&M and The University of Texas were selected as vanguards of the company’s latest college recruitment effort, the HP IT Scholar Program, unveiled last fall. Under the two-year program headquartered at HP’s Austin campus, each university will receive $15,000 per year to create five $3,000 scholarships to benefit junior-level students pursuing undergraduate degrees in computer science, management information systems, physics or mathematics. Recipients are selected by a panel of lead advisors from those respective disciplines at each university.

The pilot program, funded through the Texas A&M Foundation, is part of HP’s broader nationwide campaign to scout the country’s top potential college recruits. Ahmed M. Mahmoud, HP senior vice president of HP.com, e-Commerce and marketing, says the program is intended to provide a direct pipeline to align qualified candidates with job opportunities within HP.

“We hope to secure the best of the best early in the recruiting process,” Mahmoud adds.

Mahmoud, a 1987 Texas A&M physics graduate who lives in Austin, says HP IT Scholars are eligible for summer internships with the company at the end of their junior year in essentially any facet of information technology, from business or system analysis to programming. Although receiving a scholarship does not necessarily guarantee an internship, he notes students are required to accept the position if chosen in order to be selected for the scholarship.

For full text of release, go to http://www.science.tamu.edu/articles/858.