Scholarships for female computer scientists

borg_portraitIf you’re a female student currently in Year 12 and into IT, you should know about the NCSS Google Junior Anita Borg Scholarship.

To be eligible for the award, applicants must be female students who are starting their first year of a computer science related university degree in 2015.

The purpose of the award is to encourage aspiring female computer scientists to undertake IT and Computer Science degrees at university, to excel in technology and become active role models and leaders in the field by offering scholarship opportunities for incoming first years in computer science.

There will be five scholarships of $2000 awarded. In addition, the scholars will be invited to attend a Retreat at the Google offices in Sydney: “We know how important a supportive peer network can be for a student’s success. The retreat will include workshops, speakers, panelists, breakout sessions and social activities scheduled over a couple of days.”

Applicants will be judged based on their passion for IT, leadership skills and their potential to become active role models for other women in the computer science community. To apply for the junior scholarship see here before midnight on 29 September. For information on the other Anita Borg scholarships on offer see here.

Google offers these scholarships, and others like them, around the globe. They are named in memory of Anita Borg who

…believed that technology affects all aspects of our economic, political, social and personal lives. A technology rebel with a cause, in her life she fought tirelessly to ensure that technology’s impact would be a positive one. It was this vision that inspired Anita in 1997 to found the Institute for Women and Technology. Today this organization continues on her legacy and bears her name, The Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology (

Image: Anita Borg, Google.

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