~~Dr. Jesse Bemley developed the High School Computer competition (HSCC) program in 1986. Dr. Bemley instituted the conference proceedings and spearheaded the effort to get BDPA accepted as a constituent society of the Institute for Certification of Computing Professionals (ICCP). Dr. Bemley noted the large number of minority students who had little or no computer literacy skills. With the ever-growing need to possess basic computer skills in the current job market, Dr. Bemley realized that in the future, individuals without these skills would be left with no employment opportunities. Dr. Bemley has worked since the early 1980s to get students, especially from high school, involved in national and international computing and engineering conferences, meetings, conferences, symposia, etc both in the US and abroad. He has written numerous articles on computer topics. The purpose of this scholarship fund program is to serve as the vehicle for the BDPA organization to increase the interest of minority youth in IT and to help facilitate the emergence of minorities into the industry.
Chapters are invited to bring one team of students to compete in the HSCC at the National Conference event. The top five winning teams win Jesse Bemley scholarships.
Dr. Bemley is in the BDPA Hall of Fame. He founded both the national high school computer competition and the IT Showcase. He is an inspiration to African American IT professionals from the 'classroom to the boardroom'.
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