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Around Town

INVESTING IN THE FUTURE ... A handful of local students are among the first batch of scholars who have been awarded an Amazon Future Engineer Hardware Design & Engineering Scholarship. The e-commerce giant collaborated with The Tech Interactive, a science and technology center in San Jose, to pick the 14 recipients from underserved and underrepresented communities in northern California, according to a Sept. 29 press release. The selected students will be given $40,000 during a four-year span to study computer science beginning this fall. They'll also have a chance to enter a paid, 12-week internship program at Amazon Lab126, a research and development company behind many well-known products, such as the Amazon Kindle e-readers and Amazon Echo smart speakers. The scholarship recipients include Palo Alto resident Ria Rajput, a Gunn High School graduate who's heading to the University of California, Davis; San Jose resident Jasmine Tostado, an Eastside College Preparatory School graduate committed to Stanford University; East Palo Alto resident Diego Zepeda, an East Palo Alto Academy graduate who'll attend DeAnza College; and Daly City resident Marcellina Chang who is committed to Stanford University. "We are inspired by the talent and work ethic of our Amazon Future Engineer HDE Scholarship recipients, and look forward to seeing them at their Amazon internships," Victor Reinoso, global director of Amazon's philanthropic education initiatives, said in the release. The scholars were selected based on a variety of factors, such as their academic performance, involvement in school and community activities, work experience, future goals, financial need and interest and skill in hardware, robotics and/or mechanical engineering.

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