ProductBC + MarketFit Scholarships

ProductBC is excited to announce a new scholarship program in partnership with Alan Albert of MarketFit with a focus on supporting those looking to enter or grow their product management careers and may face barriers to entry.

Background

ProductBC was created to raise awareness and improve the quality of service delivered by Product Management and Product Marketing professionals in BC. In the past few years, this mission has expanded to include removing systemic barriers towards growing an inclusive product community in British Columbia.

As such, ProductBC and MarketFit are happy to announce three new scholarships that help contribute to this effort:

ProductBC + MarketFit Diversity Award ($1,000)

Diversity is best defined as differences in the lived experiences and perspectives of people that may include race, ethnicity, colour, ancestry, place of origin, political belief, religion, marital status, family status, physical or mental abilities, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, class, and/or socio-economic situations.

What do we hope this award will accomplish?

This award will go to whomever can demonstrate that they have both lived experience with marginalization, and a demonstrated ability to help us create a more diverse community. As some people face barriers that have limited their past ability to engage in community building activities, we will determine the winning candidate by referencing both their past contributions and/or future innovative ideas.

The complete set of questions that are asked in this scholarship application, as well as details on how we will “score” the submissions, is included in the application form.

ProductBC + MarketFit Gender Equity Award ($1,000)

Gender equity is about removing barriers that stop people from reaching their full potential. Too often, women and gender diverse people experience unfairness. This is especially true when they also struggle with injustices like poverty, racism, ableism and/or homophobia.
When all British Columbians – regardless of their gender, race, class, sexual orientation or ability – can reach their full potential, our communities and economy are stronger, better places for everyone.

What do we hope this award will accomplish?

Because of historic inequality that exists in tech related to gender, in order to promote gender equality we must use custom tools that identify and address issues and injustices. We believe the most powerful tool we as a committee can provide to advance the careers of people from gender minorities is funding for education, and this scholarship is focused on that specifically.

The complete set of questions that are asked in this scholarship application, as well as details on how we will “score” the submissions, is included in the application form.

ProductBC + MarketFit Financial Inclusion Award ($1,000)

At a basic level, financial equity and inclusion means ensuring that all individuals have equal access to financial services and professional opportunities that can help them generate greater wealth. Wealth gaps currently exist among people of different races, genders, and abilities, which creates financial inequity.

What do we hope this award will accomplish?

This scholarship will be awarded to an individual who is most in financial need and faces financial barriers towards achieving their goals in entering a professional product career. We believe the most powerful tool we as a committee can provide to increase the earning potential of historically excluded communities is funding for education, and this scholarship is focused on that specifically.

The complete set of questions that are asked in this scholarship application, as well as details on how we will “score” the submissions, is included in the application form.