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Help Students Survive the COVID-19 Pandemic
In response to the global pandemic, AnitaB.org is immediately shifting focus of its Tech Journey Scholarship Fund to provide emergency assistance to women whose educational journeys have been disrupted by COVID-19. Aspiring technologists need help NOW. With the cancellation of summer internships and full-time job opportunities, along with uncertainty around financial aid, work study, campus meals, and housing, technical women are facing unprecedented obstacles in achieving their educational and career goals. AnitaB.org is committed to supporting their persistence by providing small emergency grants that will help them pay rent, acquire food, address Internet connectivity issues, and so much more. Funds will be made available on a first-come, first-serve basis and awards will be limited to a maximum of $599.
Using a curb-cutting approach, the Tech Journey Scholarship Fund will first serve the most historically marginalized groups, with a focus on underrepresented women of color pursuing computing degrees at our nation’s esteemed Minority Serving Institutions. Eligibility will expand as financial resources of the Fund grow. At this time, applicants must:
- Identify as a woman from any of the following groups that are underrepresented in tech: African American, Black, Native American, Alaska Native, Latina, Hispanic, Native Hawaiian, or Pacific Islander.
- Currently be in pursuit of a computing-related degree.
- Attend a Minority Serving Institution (MSI). See this list to verify if your institution is an MSI.
Donate today by indicating “Tech Journey Scholarship” in the designation section of the donation page.
About the AnitaB.org Tech Journey Scholarship Fund
The AnitaB.org Tech Journey Scholarship Fund, in partnership with the Last Mile Education Fund, helps low income underrepresented women of color stay on track and complete their technical education journeys. During an initial three-month soft launch, the Fund provided a total of $80,000 in funding to 15 women across nine Minority Serving Institutions. This included both small Bridge awards that help address short-term cash-flow issues that can be catastrophic for a low-income student’s pursuit of their degree, as well as Last Mile awards that help students complete the final stages of their educational journeys.
This limited launch is proof that in the best of times, aspiring tech women often only need a small amount of support to help them stay on track toward completion of their education and their pursuit of technical careers.