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College Scholarships and Laptop Award Programs

For The 2017-2018 Academic Year 

The Michigan Council of Women in Technology (MCWT) Foundation is pleased to announce its scholarship and laptop programs for the 2017-2018 academic year. MCWT Foundation is offering one high school senior, one GET-IT club high school senior, one undergraduate-level and one graduate-level college scholarship for women who are currently or will be enrolled full time in college-level courses for the 2017-2018 academic year at a Michigan university.

Scholarship or Grant



Total Possible Award

High School Senior Scholarship


$5,000 per year

Up to 3 additional years


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


Undergraduate Scholarship


$5,000 per year

Up to 2 additional years


Graduate Scholarship


$5,000 per year

Up to 2 additional years


Laptop Computer (3 Awardees)


Valued up to $3000


One Laptop per Awardee


The application deadline is January 31, 2017 to be considered for the 2017 fall semester. 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 2.5 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.


An applicant must be a female high-school student (entering college), undergraduate or graduate 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 an Information Technology program
  • A United States citizen



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. This is not a complete list but rather serves as examples.

NOTE:  Programs in which technology is a secondary element, such as Computer Aided Design, 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

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


Applicants can access the scholarship application from the MCWT Foundation website ( beginning Oct. 1, 2016. Click on the Foundation tab and then the Programs tab, then select Scholarships. 

Upload the application along with ALL required documentation.

  1. A copy of your most recent transcript (It may be non-official but MCWT Foundation may request an official copy at the Finalist stage.) Transcript must be uploaded with the scholarship application.
  2. Two letters of recommendation (see below). These letters must be uploaded with the scholarship application.

Provide TWO letters of recommendation from current or former instructors, principals, religious leaders, coaches or other community leaders. Finalists will be invited to a personal or a telephone interview. 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
  • 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 

Scholarship and Laptop winners will be notified in writing (email or letter) or via telephone. Recipients are invited with up to 2 guests to the MCWT Foundation Scholarship Award ceremony in May. 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.
Recipients will also receive a one-year MCWT Foundation membership 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.


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 2.5, 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 2.5 during the probationary semester and continues in a qualified major, the scholarship payments will resume.  If, however, the GPA falls below 2.5 for any two semesters, the scholarship will be terminated completely.

MCWT Foundation provides leadership, mentoring, community outreach, professional development and networking to women within the Michigan technology community. These scholarships and laptop 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.

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