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Scholarships

College Scholarships Award Program

For The 2018-2019 Academic Year 

The Michigan Council of Women in Technology Foundation (MCWT) is pleased to announce its scholarship program for the 2018-2019 academic year. MCWT Foundation is offering scholarship opportunities for technology-focused high school seniors, GET-IT club high school seniors and women who will be enrolled full time in college-level courses for the 2018-2019 academic year at a Michigan university.


Scholarship or Grant

Worth

Renewable

Total Possible Award

High School Senior Scholarship

 

$5,000 per year

Up to 3 additional years

$20,000

GET IT (Girls Exploring Together – Information Technology)

Applicant must be a member of an MCWT Foundation GET IT high school program.

 

$5,000 per year

Up to 3 additional years

$20,000

College/University Scholarship

 

$5,000 per year

Up to 2 additional years

$15,000

 

The application deadline is January 31, 2018 11:59 p.m. Late applications will not be accepted.

 

*The annual scholarship award amount is divided per semester or trimester. The scholarship recipient must maintain an overall grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 and continue studies in a qualified major/degree program at a Michigan university to remain eligible for each subsequent semester to receive scholarship payment. Scholarship funds will be sent directly to the Financial Aid office of the college where the recipient is enrolled. Other requirements for compliance will be communicated at the time of award.

ELIGIBILITY

An applicant must be a female high-school student or currently enrolled college/university level student who is: 

  • A resident of the state of Michigan
  • A student with a 3.0 GPA or better
  • Enrolled (or will be enrolled) in a Michigan university
  • Enrolled (or will be enrolled) in a qualified program with a technology focus
  • A United States citizen

 

QUALIFIED MAJORS / DEGREE PROGRAMS
Each applicant must be enrolled during the grant period in a full-time undergraduate or graduate degree program in majors such as: Information Systems, Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Information Assurance, Software Engineering, Computer Information Systems, Digital Forensics, Software Engineering, Digital User Experience. This is not a complete list but rather serves as examples.

NOTE:  Programs in which technology is a secondary element, such as Library Science, Biomedical Engineering, Architecture, Mechanical Engineering, Finance, Psychology, or Marketing are NOT eligible for this scholarship. If your degree program is not specified above, please verify eligibility by emailing scholarships@mcwt.org

The MCWT Foundation does not consider factors such as race, color, creed, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, or mental/physical disability in awarding this scholarship. U.S. Citizenship is required. 

APPLYING FOR A SCHOLARSHIP
Applicants can access the scholarship application from the  MCWT Foundation Programs Application site (https://mcwt.smapply.io/prog/2018-2019_college_scholarship_application/) beginning Oct. 1, 2017. 

  1. Complete a profile within our scholarship application system.
  2. Fill out the application
  3. Upload a copy of your most recent transcript. It may be un-official but MCWT Foundation will request an official copy at the Finalist Stage.
  4. Upload two letters of recommendation
  5. Two letters of recommendation (see below). These letters must be uploaded with the scholarship application.
  6. Required Documentation
Finalists will be invited to a personal or a telephone interview.

LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION
Provide TWO letters of recommendation from current or former instructors, principals, religious leaders, coaches or other community leaders. Each letter must include at a minimum:
  • Applicant's name
  • How the writer knows the applicant, and for what period of time
  • Evaluation of applicant's technical aptitude, if applicable
  • Applicant's personal strengths and accomplishments
  • Other information or factors pertinent to the applicant's potential for success
  • Writer's name and title/position and contact information
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NOTIFICATION
Scholarship winners will be notified in writing (email or letter) or via telephone. Recipients are invited with up to two guests to the MCWT Foundation Scholarship Award ceremony in May/June 2018. Winners must also be willing to have their names, short biographies, images and other information distributed by the MCWT Foundation and mentioned on the Foundation’s Website.

OTHER AWARD BENEFITS
Recipients will receive a MCWT Foundation membership, a mentor from a MCWT partner corporation, from the and are encouraged to support or volunteer at MCWT Foundation-sponsored events such as the Golf Outing or Camp Infinity, the technology summer camp for girls.

MCWT Foundation provides leadership, mentoring, community outreach, professional development and networking to women within the Michigan technology community. These scholarships awards are intended to encourage and support women with the interest, the aptitude, and the potential for a successful career in information technology. MCWT Foundation reserve the right to choose not to award a scholarship in one or more categories.

OTHER CONSIDERATIONS
Unused funds may be applied toward the next semester's costs until the end of the fourth year or graduation, at which point remaining funds must be returned to the MCWT Foundation. If the recipient changes to an ineligible field of study, graduates, transfers to a non-Michigan university or ceases enrollment altogether, any unused funds must be returned to the MCWT Foundation.

At the end of each semester, the recipient must submit a copy of her transcript to the MCWT Foundation Scholarship committee before the funds for the next semester will be provided. If a recipient's GPA drops below 3.0, she will be placed on a one-time probation for 1 semester and no scholarship funds will be provided for that semester. If she achieves the minimum GPA of 3.0 during the probationary semester and continues in a qualified major, the scholarship payments will resume. If, however, the GPA falls below 3.0 for any two semesters, the scholarship will be terminated completely.

If you are interested in making a donation to the MCWT Foundation Scholarship Fund, please go to the Friends of MCWT page or contact Executive Director at 248-218-2578 x100.