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The application program will be available again in January. Please return then to view the updated Eligibility and Awards for the 2022 academic year! If you are an applicant who would like to discover more scholarship opportunities you might qualify for, please continue to the Scholarship America Hub and sign up!

 

Western Digital We.care Scholarship Program
Application status: Closed

The Western Digital Scholarship Program was established in 2018 to assist students and the dependents of our talented workforce who plan to continue their education at a four year accredited college or university.

This program is administered by Scholarship America®, the nation’s largest designer and manager of scholarship, tuition assistance and other education support programs for corporations, foundations, associations, and individuals. Awards are granted without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sexual orientation, age, gender, disability, or national origin.

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Applicants to the Western Digital We.care Scholarship Program must be:

  • Legal dependent* of a Western Digital employee with an employee level of 109 or below as of the application deadline.*Please note: Dependent children must be biological, step- or legally adopted children living in the employee’s household or primarily supported by the employee.
  • Undergraduate student enrolled (or plan to be enrolled) on a full-time basis at an accredited four-year college/university for the entire upcoming academic year.

Awards

If selected as a recipient, the student will receive an award ranging from $2,000 to $5,000. Award amounts are determined based on the annual budget and the country in which the recipient attends college.

The program will be administered in full compliance with IRS Revenue Procedure 76-47. No more than 25% of eligible applicants may receive awards.

Awards are not renewable, but students may reapply to the program each year they meet eligibility requirements.

Students are eligible to receive a Western Digital scholarship a maximum of two (2) times.

Per IRS Revenue Procedure 76-47, the employment requirement does not apply to previous recipients. Students selected as recipients do not need to meet the parent employment requirement of the program if/when applying to the program again in future years.

Awards are for qualified education-related expenses (tuition, fees, books, and required supplies) only.

Awards are for undergraduate study only.

Selection of Recipients

Scholarship recipients are selected on the basis of academic performance, demonstrated leadership and participation in school and community activities, a statement of goals and aspirations and unusual personal or family circumstances or challenges. Financial need documentation is not considered.

Academic evaluation of applicants will include a review of the grade/mark average based on the grading system used in the applicant’s country and a review of the results of academic examinations.

Preference will be given to students with a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale (or the equivalent).

Selection of recipients is made by Scholarship America. In no instance does any officer or employee of Silicon Valley Community Foundation or Western Digital play a part in the selection. Not all applicants to the program will be selected as recipients. All applicants agree to accept the decision as final.

Notification

All applicants will be notified in mid-May.

Payment of Scholarships

Scholarship America processes scholarship payments on behalf of Western Digital. Payment is made in early August.

As part of your application, you must upload the following:

  • A current, complete transcript of grades. Grade reports are not accepted. Transcripts must display student name, school name, grades and credit hours for each course and term in which each course was taken.
  • Upper secondary school diploma or certificate, if earned (Applicants based outside of the U.S.).
  • Results of examinations (Applicants based outside of the U.S.).
  • English translations for any non-English documents.

Your application is not complete unless all required materials are submitted electronically.

Western Digital has partnered with Silicon Valley Community Foundation and Scholarship America. Selecting the button below will redirect you to the Scholarship America Student Hub to access the scholarship application.