Women’s Philanthropy Council Supports CEWiT’s Aspirations in Computing Scholarship Competition

Monday, October 28, 2013

The Center of Excellence for Women in Technology (CEWiT) is proud to announce the Aspirations in Computing Award, in recognition of undergraduate women from all disciplines who hope to use technology to advance their careers. Applicants are invited to submit a 500-word essay outlining their future career goals and how they can use computing and technology to make a difference in their chosen field. Applications can be submitted through an online form and are due by December 1, 2013. Ten women will be selected to receive a $1,000 award and work with CEWiT to promote awareness of women in technology at IU.

Dr. Maureen Biggers, the interim director of CEWiT, hopes to involve students pursuing a variety of computer-related activities. “Technology is in the arts, the sciences, the humanities, business; IT is everywhere, so we cross multiple disciplines. That includes STEM, but goes beyond,” she explained. “The ideal candidate is a woman who has a vision for herself in this area and who is willing to put in the work to attain it.” Scholarship recipients will have several opportunities to demonstrate leadership through projects they will develop with the CEWiT director. They will also actively engage with the student alliance of CEWiT to support women in technology at IU and in our outreach programs.

Named a National Pacesetter for the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT), CEWiT is dedicated to providing resources and opportunities for women in computer-related disciplines. This award (originally inspired by NCWIT's Aspirations Award, which recognizes high school girls in computer science) is intended to raise the visibility of techie women at IU. “Most high schools do not expose students to computing and it is not on their radar screens as they enter college,” Biggers explained. “We decided to elevate that awareness campaign to the university level students at IU.” With the generous support and funding from the IU Women’s Philanthropy Council, CEWiT was able to move forward with the competition.

This scholarship competition is the last of CEWiT’s launch month events in October, and is a great opportunity for undergraduate women to get involved and make a difference in their respective fields. “If we do it right,” says Biggers, “it has the potential to help spread the word that this is one of the fastest growing job opportunity areas in the US, that women with knowledge of these tools are in high demand, and that the wage gap is shortest for women who know computing technology. It has the potential to empower women; it's something they can use to make a difference, something that can launch their career success.” For more information about the competition and other scholarship opportunities for women in technology, visit our scholarships and awards page.

To apply for this scholarship, please complete our application form. The deadline to apply is December 1, 2013.

This award is made possible through funding from the IU Women's Philanthropy Council.