“The quickest way to bridge the gap between the number of people we need with computing expertise to fill jobs and those with the talent to do that work, is to encourage more women and underrepresented minority students to pursue computer degrees in college,“ says Kristin Tichenor, senior vice president, Enrollment.
That’s why WPI has just partnered with the organization Girls Who Code to offer five new $20,000 scholarships to the group’s alumnae. President Laurie Leshin made the announcement during the 2016 Commencement exercises, which featured Girls Who Code founder and CEO Reshma Saujani as the keynote speaker.
Girls Who Code is a national nonprofit organization working to close the gender gap in technology. Through its summer immersion program and clubs, Girls Who Code is leading the movement to inspire, educate, and equip young women with the computing skills to pursue 21st Century opportunities. By the end of 2016, Girls Who Code will have reached 40,000 girls in every US state.
This is the first time Girls Who Code has partnered with a higher education institution to provide college scholarships to alumnae of its programs.