Last year, we discovered that only 24 percent of computer scientists are female, and that number is in jeopardy of shrinking, according to the nonprofit, Girls Who Code. So, to help close the gender gap in technology, we launched a scholarship program for young women pursuing a career in computer science or engineering in 2018. The inaugural $2,500 scholarship was awarded to 18-year-old star student Kaylin Moss, of Charleston S.C.
With the goal of inspiring and supporting more women computer scientists, coders, and engineers, we are hosting our second annual STEM scholarship and paid internship program. The deadline to apply is April 15, 2019, and the scholarship recipient will be announced May 15, 2019.
As a NJ web design company specializing in custom web and app development for B2B companies, we love what we do—and know the community inside and out. Between 2018 and 2019, we were able to double our female presence in the office from one to two! But, to be completely transparent, Lyndsay is our copywriter and social media expert and Allison is our project manager. Thus, we know all too well that women who code are a rarity.
Because we want both men and women to excel in this line of work equally, we’ve created this annual scholarship to encourage more female web developers, computer scientists, and computer engineers to join the computing workforce.
The winner of our scholarship and paid internship must demonstrate her commitment to pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in computer science or computer engineering; and must also be enrolling or currently enrolled in an accredited four-year college or university or two-year college on track to transfer to a four-year school. The selection committee consists of the Lform Design team including Moseby the Dog.
As our web design company continues to grow, we are excited to continue offering educational-based programs, such as paid internships and scholarships, to invest in our community and the next generation of leaders and innovators. Even if it’s in a small way, we hope that our $2,500 financial aid scholarship and paid internship can provide a level of support, skill building, and fundamental learning to driven young women and help lead them down a road of success.
For more details about the scholarship, eligibility, and how to apply, please visit: https://www.lform.com/scholarship.