About Appreneur Scholar

All over the world, high school, college and graduate students have been masterfully creating mobile apps that are on the cutting edge.  Free SDKs and APIs, new tools for building apps, and curriculum that encourages and rewards creative programmers have helped fuel this app-tivity.

For the second year, The Kay Family Foundation, will recognize the creative efforts of student appreneurs by awarding the Kay Family Foundation Global Appreneur Scholar award.  Two deserving apps creators will receive in $5,000 scholarships to help them pursue the studies and refine their apps.

Recipients travel to Las Vegas and attend the International CES where they will receive and demo their app at the popular Mobile Apps Showdown.

Last year’s winners Tanay Tandon and Sherwood Yaao both went on to continue their work in mobile app technology and software development.  You can read their stories here.


About Kay Family Foundation

Founded by Steeve Kay, and managed by Elim Kay, the Kay Family Foundation is a philanthropic foundation whose mission is to promote new models and systems that produce 21st century global leaders across the four pillars of Faith, Education, Medical, and the Arts. The Kay Family Foundation looks for creative, entrepreneurial and dedicated students to bestow the Global Appreneur Scholar scholarship award.

When Elim Kay saw his first Mobile Apps Showdown (MAS) at CES he was duly impressed with the scale of ideas and creativity presented. His family’s foundation, The Kay Family Foundation, began actively participating by generously sponsoring a scholarship competition at MAS for young entrepreneurs building apps. We call them appreneurs. After culling through entrees from high school and college students from all over the world, finalists are chosen, and a group of experts comprised of educators and entrepreneurs make the final determination


About Mobile Apps Showdown

The Mobile Apps Showdown is an annual competition at the International CES where followers get to weigh in on a multitude of apps and which are going to “make it” in today’s competitive app environment.  Hosted by Jon Hein and Gary Dell’Abate from the Howard Stern Show, the Mobile Apps Showdown is a fun and entertaining event during CES.


About ACM

Founded in 1947, the ACM is the world’s largest scientific and educational computing society. Located in New York City, the non-profit has more than 100,000 members and boasts the definitive online library for computer professionals, the ACM Digital Library.

The ACM will generously provide complimentary memberships to the Appreneur Scholar applicants, publicity in the XRDS (the student publication of ACM) and subscriptions to the Learning Center Bulletin.