Google aspires to be an organization that reflects our global audience by supporting a diversity of perspectives, ideas and cultures, which is one reason we created scholarship programs with both the United Negro College Fund and Hispanic College Fund. These programs provide $5,000 to both undergraduate and graduate students who have demonstrated academic excellence in the fields of computer science and computer engineering. They're meant to encourage students to excel in their studies and become active role models and leaders. It's our hope that these programs also help dismantle barriers that keep women and minorities from entering computing and technology fields. (Read more about the various Google scholarship programs.)

A few other Googlers and I recently volunteered to help select the winners for this year's round. We were inspired reading the scholarship applications; in fact, we identified with the difficulties that these students faced in order to get a great education.

Now it's time to congratulate the 33 winners. This accomplished group of men and women demonstrated excellence in the field of computer science and made significant contributions to their communities. Each person receive $5,000 towards their studies, and they're all invited to attend our annual scholarship weekend, held at our Mountain View headquarters next spring.

2007 Google United Negro College Fund Scholarship Winners
  • Christopher Clark, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Linda Mmayi, American Inter-Continental University
  • Delvin Kelleybrew, Howard University
  • Andrew Pryor-Miller, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Nia Bradley, Howard University
  • Kieran Jordine, Albany State University
  • Shanna-Shaye Forbes, University of Texas, Austin
  • Tanisha Washington, CSU Long Beach
  • Kalifa Llewellyn, Howard University
  • Jason Mars, University of Virginia
  • Hans Anderson, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
2007 Google Hispanic College Fund Scholarship Winners
  • Nicole Ameche, University of California, Irvine
  • Garrett Brown, University of Michigan
  • Lina Cordero, CUNY City College
  • Carolina Gomez, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Sonny Hernandez, University of Southern California
  • Juan Lang, University of California, Davis
  • David Mireles, University of Texas, El Paso
  • Josh Morales, University of Texas, Pan American
  • Omar Oropeza, University of Texas, Brownsville
  • Hillaury Perez, University of Houston
  • Isaac Persing, University of Arizona
  • Christian Roca, Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science & Art
  • Adelein Rodriguez, University of Central Florida
  • Jose Romero-Mariona, University of California, Irvine
  • Amanda Ryan, Victoria College
  • Marlies Santos Deas, Miami Dade Community College
  • Caio Soares, Auburn University
  • Christopher Soghoian, Indiana University, Bloomington
  • Oscar Tapia, New Jersey Institute of Technology
  • Yuly Tenorio, University of California, Berkeley
  • Pablo Guikubi Vanwoerkom, Indiana University, Bloomington
  • Joshua Zuniga, Oregon State University