Scholarship Opportunities

Women in Tech Scholarship 

APPLICATION

 

Women in Tech Scholarship

For Women  students who have a declared major in a science, technology, engineering and math (STEM)-related field or be enrolled in a software engineering program (coding bootcamp)

 

Scholarship Amount

Up to $1,000 (paid over three years, provided renewal eligibility requirements are met)

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Number of Scholarships

Up to 100 one-time and renewable scholarships

Scholarship recipients will also be provided internship opportunities with Latinos in Technology Scholarship corporate funders from Silicon Valley

 

Background

The Women in Technology Scholarship was established by the American Digital Diversity Initiative,  a non profit dedicated to advance diversity in the technology industry. ADDI proposes to fund cash grant scholarships for women in that want to further their technical education via some type of structured educational program that has demonstrated to lead to employment outcomes.  A college degree in a STEM major, or enrollment in a coding bootcamp that reports employment outcomes for the last 3 years, with an employment ratio of at least 70%.

 

Eligibility Requirements

  • Have a declared major in and been accepted into a STEM program

  • Current college student entering their junior or senior year in the 2019 academic school year and planning to enroll on a full-time or part-time basis. Preference will be given to full-time and rising junior students.

  • Graduate of a high school in the following Northern California counties: Alameda County, Contra Costa County, Marin County, Napa County, San Francisco County, San Mateo County, Santa Clara County, Santa Cruz County, Solano County, Sonoma County and Yolo County;

    • OR, a Graduate of a high school not in the above counties, but enrolled at a college/university within the 11 listed counties.

  • Minimum cumulative college grade point average of 3.0

  • Demonstrated financial need

  • United States citizen or eligible non-citizen (eligible non-citizens include United States legal residents and students who have obtained Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals)

    • Note: A.B. 540 students who are also DACA recipients are eligible to apply

 

Required Application Documents

In addition to the application form, you are required to submit the following application documents to be considered for the Latinos in Technology Scholarship.

1. Personal Statement

Submit your personal statement into your application and in at least 500, but no more than 850 words, address all of the following prompts:

  • Discuss your intended major and career goals within the specific STEM field that you are interested in and any factors that influenced your interest in that area.  

  • Comment on your personal characteristics, the educational and extracurricular activities that have helped prepare you for a major and career in your specific field of interest within STEM.

  • Reflect on your personal journey (significant accomplishments, challenges and/or hardships) and any life lessons that you think will help you succeed in your stated STEM major and profession.

  • Indicate why you believe you are a good candidate for the Latinos in Technology Scholarship.

2. Financial Need Documentation (PDF)

Evidence of financial need must be submitted accordingly:

  • U.S. Citizens and Legal U.S. Residents: Upload your 2019-20 OR 2018-19 Student Aid Report (SAR). This includes the summary of your answers to the FAFSA and your Expected Family Contribution (EFC). Updated information regarding the FAFSA application can be found online at fafsa.ed.gov.

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  • DACA Students: Upload your 2019-20 OR 2018-19 California Dream Act Application. This includes the summary of your answers to the application and your Expected Family Contribution (EFC). Updated information regarding the California Dream Act Application can be found online at dream.csac.ca.gov.

3. Academic Transcripts of Grades (Submit both PDFs and hard copies)

Upload PDF versions of your transcripts AND mail hard copy originals (unless your school provides official electronic transcripts) to:

Attn: Scholarships

Silicon Valley Community Foundation

2440 W. El Camino Real, Suite 300

Mountain View, CA 94040

  • High School Transcripts – Submit unofficial transcript(s)

    • NOTE: High school transcripts are required to verify graduation from school within the qualified counties; the GPA is not considered or scored during the selection process.

  • College Transcripts – Submit official transcripts for all college coursework completed

4. One Letter of Reference

Only one letter will be considered by the selection committee and must:

  • Be written by a college professor of a STEM related class

  • Be on official school letterhead

There are two ways to submit your letter of recommendation.

  1. Obtain the letter of recommendation from your recommender and upload it yourself to your application.

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  3. Have your recommenders submit the letter themselves. First, include the name and email address of your recommender in your application (be sure to ask recommender before providing their information). Then, we will email your recommender and request that they submit their letters to SVCF directly.