Women in Technology Scholarship Framework

RMOUG “Women in Technology” (WIT) Scholarship Framework

  • Applicants for this special annual WIT scholarship must be female, as RMOUG is trying to help drive more women into technology careers as local, national and international trends continue to show that IT fields are dominated by males.
  • Scholarships will be awarded on an annual basis for an amount up to $1000.
    • Ideally, two $500 scholarships will be awarded on an annual basis
      • This is based on all applicants having submitted their paperwork by the annual due date and are approved by the scholarship committee and the RMOUG board of directors.
        • If only one applicant submits all of the required paperwork by the annual due date, then he/she is eligible for both $500 scholarships for a total of $1000 for annual award.
  • If no completed paperwork is submitted by the annual due date then no funds will be dispersed for this special annual scholarship award program.
  • All scholarship recipients will also receive one complementary RMOUG Training Days Pass for the next regularly scheduled RMOUG Training Days Event.
  • RMOUG Scholarship Recipients are not excluded from applying for future scholarship awards whether it is for the Annual WIT Scholarship or the Quarterly Stan Yellot Scholarship; however they will be required to submit updated applications as defined in this document.
    • Awarding an additional scholarship award to a previous scholarship recipient will be at the discretion of the RMOUG BOD after appropriate discussions and deliberations on the merits.

 

  • Complete applications are defined as follows:
    • A copy of official school transcripts that must be received by RMOUG by the annual due date.
    • A letter of reference from a High School, Technical School or College Instructor teaching in the field of IT that can be emailed or mailed to RMOUG and must be received by the annual due date.
    • An email or letter (“Application Statement”) from the applicant that must be received by the annual due date with the “Application Statement” addressing the following topics:
      • Applicant’s intent to pursue a career in the Information Technology field
      • Academic achievements within the Computer Science/Information Technologies curriculums
      • Personal experiences as it relates to Information Technologies

 

  • Complete applications with all of the required paperwork must be received by:
    • For RMOUG Fiscal Year 2016: April 15th, 2016 for a May scholarship distribution
    • For RMOUG Fiscal Year 2017 and beyond, December 15th for a January scholarship distribution for the following year in January.

 

  • Each member of the committee will score the qualified applicants based on the following point system:
    • The base score is equal to the GPA score on the current official school transcript.
    • The Applicant’s letter can score one point for adequately addressing each of the three topics for a maximum of three points:
      • Applicant’s intent to pursue a career in the Information Technology field
      • Academic achievements within the Computer Science/Information Technologies curriculums
      • Personal experiences as it relates to Information Technologies
  • The qualified applicant’s application statement, transcript, letter of recommendation, and score along with a written recommendation from the scholarship committee, are presented at the Board Meeting for discussion and final selection.
  • Once final selection is agreed upon, the Vice President will make a motion for Board approval.
  • The scholarship check that is given to the recipient will be addressed (written) to a college or university and then the check will be mailed to the scholarship recipient.