The Center for Women In Technology (CWIT) at the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) is pleased to announce completion of the 10th year of the CWIT Scholars Program! The CWIT Scholars Program is a merit-based scholarship program for talented undergraduates majoring in computer science, information systems, business technology administration (with a technical focus), computer engineering, mechanical engineering, chemical/biochemical/environmental engineering, or a related program at UMBC.
What is CWIT?
The Center for Women in Technology (CWIT, pronounced “see-wit”) is dedicated to increasing the representation of women in creating technology and in engineering and information technology fields. CWIT efforts begin with nurturing a strong group of Scholars, grow to building community resources for other women in these majors, extend to fostering a healthy gender climate and ITE pedagogy in College of Engineering and Information Technology (COEIT) departments, and finally expand into outreach efforts to increase interest in technical careers. A successful program for female-friendly engineering and information technology education at UMBC will help make UMBC a destination for women (and men) interested in technical careers and serve as a national model for other universities. See also: About CWIT.
CWIT Scholars receive four-year scholarships ranging from $5,000 – $15,000 per academic year for in-state students, and from $10,000 – $22,000 per academic year for out-of-state students, to cover full tuition, mandatory fees, and other expenses. Each CWIT Scholar participates in special courses and activities and receive mentoring from faculty and participating members of the IT and engineering communities. See also: CWIT Scholars Summary.
In addition to completing their chosen major, CWIT Scholars participate in a series of academic and extracurricular activities designed to foster a supportive community for women in IT and engineering. See also: Model.
The Value of Participation
Graduates of the CWIT Scholars Program can expect to take a leadership role in the IT and engineering workforce to foster the continued growth of women in the field, or they may enroll in a premier graduate program to continue their studies in their area of interest. See also: Results.
Candidates for the CWIT Scholars Program must complete a separate scholarship application. Two letters of recommendation are required: one from a science or technology teacher and one from someone familiar with the student’s academic work and leadership qualities. A faculty committee will interview finalists. See also: How to Apply.
For incoming freshmen in Fall 2013, the completed CWIT Scholars application and supporting documents must be submitted to the Scholarships Office by January 15, 2013. Applications are available from UMBC’s Office of Scholarships. Final award decisions will be announced no later than the end of March.
To learn more about the CWIT Scholars Program, please contact CWIT’s Assistant Director, Crystal Diaz (410-455-8076; ) or the UMBC Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships (410-455-3813; ).