Center for Women In Technology (CWIT) Scholars Program at UMBC
CWIT Scholars receive four-year scholarships ranging from $5,000-$15,000 per academic year for in-state students, and from $10,000-$22,000 per academic year for out-of-state students, to cover full tuition, mandatory fees, and other expenses. Each CWIT scholar participates in special courses and activities and receives mentoring from faculty and participating members of the IT and engineering communities. The application deadline is January 15, and the maximum awards amount is $22,000.
In addition to completing their chosen major, CWIT Scholars participate in a series of academic and extracurricular activities designed to foster a supportive community for women in IT and engineering, including:
-A mentoring program connecting the freshman and sophomore scholars to UMBC faculty in their majors, and junior and senior scholars to successful IT and Engineering professionals
-Numerous networking opportunities with successful IT and engineering professionals
-An opportunity to live in the CWIT Living Learning Community, which is a floor in a residence hall on campus specifically for CWIT Scholars and other peers in the IT and engineering majors
-An outreach program for Scholars to mentor middle and high school girls to encourage them to consider a career in IT or Engineering
-Service-learning opportunities built through UMBC’s strong relationship with area schools
-An internship program in partnership with the Shriver Center that will involve premier workforce development opportunities for CWIT Scholars in their junior and/or senior years
-Leadership opportunities through participation in the CWIT Student Council and other on-campus organizations;
-Two special courses that address gender issues on campus, in the community, and in the workplace - GWST100: An Introduction to Women's Studies, and GWST352: Women in Science and Technology
-Monthly meetings with other CWIT Scholars, and various community-building social activities with peers
-You should prepare short essay answers of 300 words or less. Essay questions can be found on the application.
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