Did you know stats on women in technology are getting worse rather than better with only 26% of computing jobs in the U.S. held by women in 2013, down from 35% in 1990 – and this is with women making up 59% of the U.S. labor force and almost 51% of the U.S. population. The U.S. Census Bureau predicts the number of open jobs in computer science will explode to 1.4 million by 2020, yet women’s representation in technology-related occupations is on the decline.
Over the past several years, women have made great strides in the technology industry, both in innovation and leadership. Everywhere you look, there is a new article published or research released about the lack of women with careers in computer science, engineering and mathematics. As women continue to empower each other and break the stereotypes in the workforce, it’s obvious there are so many areas of untapped potential for young students.
At Visionary Integration Professionals (VIP), we strongly believe education leads to innovation, and we believe women pursuing education in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics can have a significant impact in the future of our world.
In support of this belief, I established the Women in Technology Scholarship (WITS) program eight years ago.
Each year VIP awards multiple scholarships to young women enrolled in a two or four year technology program in the United States. Since inception of WITS in 2008, VIP has awarded more than $120,000 to over 70 women across the country.
To qualify, here is your mission: In 1000 words or less, tell us about a specific problem you see in your local or statewide community related to information technology and recommend a solution to address the challenge.
Women in Technology Scholarship details:
- Applications will be reviewed by a selection committee
- Decision are based on originality, quality and persuasiveness of responses
- VIP will award multiple scholarships up to $2,500 per recipient
- All submissions must be received by March 7, 2016
- Scholarship winners will be announced in late April
- Must be enrolled at a two or four year university in the United States at the time of submission
- Must major in information technology, computer science, computer information systems, or another related field
- Must hold a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above
- Only one entry per student
With support and programs like WITS, we help enable women in technology. Together, let’s empower more women to fill the 1.4 million open technology positions projected for 2020. Download the instructions and application here to get started.