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CDW Legacy Excellence Program

CDW Legacy Excellence Program

Since our founding more than 35 years ago, CDW and our coworkers have been dedicated to supporting the communities where we live and work. Over the years, this long-standing commitment has evolved to include a greater emphasis on advancing diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) and digital equity both within our communities and our company.

Through the CDW Legacy Excellence Program (CDW LEP), we will support Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and HBCU student scholars. This support will be realized through investing in technology, providing leadership fellowships, scholarships, experiences, education and career opportunities. All of these factors help build a more diverse, inclusive and equitable workforce at CDW.  

Commitment to Digital Equity

In our connected world, every person should be able to experience the possibilities that technology unlocks. 

Our digital inclusion efforts include:

Providing Access

We help ensure people have access to the technology they need like computers, software, and internet connectivity.

Supporting Education

We power initiatives that excite learners about science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM), computer science, and digital literacy.

Building Our Workforce

We’re committed to diversity, equity & inclusion (DE&I) and are actively creating a technology industry that reflects the world we live in.

What is the CDW Legacy Excellence Program?

Leadership Fellowship

The Leadership Fellowship includes:

  • “FULL Cost of Attendance” scholarship up to $25,000 per academic year (1-year program)
  • Participation in (1) 10-week paid CDW LEP summer internship program (summer 2024) includes housing and transportation to/from Chicago
  • Leadership/workforce enablement
  • Executive mentorship
  • Upon graduation fellows will be considered for full-time employment at CDW
  • Student devices

We are proud to partner with:

  • Alabama A&M University (Huntsville, AL)
  • Florida A&M University (Tallahassee, FL)
  • North Carolina A&T State University (Greensboro, NC)
  • Southern University and A&M College (Baton Rouge, LA)

Scholarship Investment


The scholarship includes:

  • 20 Scholars – Selected from ANY publicly funded HBCU
  • $5,000 tuition scholarship per academic year
  • Leadership/workforce enablement
  • Student devices

Technology Investment

HBCU institutions strive to power 21st century learning, build sustainable infrastructure and drive digital transformation. This is in effort to attract the next generation of students and deliver a quality student experience. CDW LEP is making a multi-faceted technology investment in our Premier Partner HBCU institutions, to drive digital inclusion, minimize the digital divide and support student education.


Infrastructure Needs

Hardware, software and/or professional services of tech solutions to support campus-wide technology infrastructure (e.g. campus-wide  cybersecurity solution).

College Support

Hardware, software and/or professional services of tech solutions to support a specific technology awarded to each institution’s chosen department (e.g. E-sports labs).

Student Devices

Fellows, scholars and select students will be awarded student devices (e.g. laptops, tablets) as a benefit of being a part of the program.


HBCU Sales Vertical

CDW has established a sales team dedicated to exclusively serving the unique needs of HBCU institutions. The team’s focus will be expanding relationship and building sustainable, scalable solutions for HBCUs.

Thurgood Marshall College Fund

We are proud to partner with the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF), the nation’s largest organization exclusively representing the Black College Community, on the Scholarship components of the CDW Legacy Excellence Program. TMCF serves as a voice for HBCUs and a resource for the students enrolled in the HBCU network of schools. To date, TMCF has awarded more than $300 million in assistance to its students and member-schools. They will play an important role in helping us bring the CDW Legacy Excellence Program to life and will assist with scholarship management.


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