Google Scholarships Recognize 84 Women Computer Scientists in Europe, Middle East and Africa
By Daniel Zeevi
The Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship honors the memory of Dr. Anita Borg who devoted her life to encouraging the presence of more women and minorities in computing. Dr. Borg loved math while growing up, but didn’t have the opportunity to learn computer science at a university. Instead she amazingly taught herself to program while working at an insurance company. Eventually Dr. Borg went on to found the Institute for Women and Technology (now known as the Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology) and the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing conferences, two organizations that commemorate her today:
Her capacity to mix technical expertise and a relentless vision inspired, motivated, and moved women to embrace technology instead of avoiding or ignoring it. She has touched and changed the lives of countless women in the computing fields and beyond. -The Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship
The Google Europe Scholarship for Students with Disabilities hopes to remove barriers for students with disabilities as well as encourage them to excel in school, so that one day they can become active role models and emerging leaders in technology.
All of the scholarship candidates are pursuing degrees in computer science or related fields across Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. This summer, the candidates will attend the annual Google EMEA Scholarships Retreat in Zurich, Germany, where they can attend tech talks on Google products, sit in on developmental sessions, network with real Googlers, and attend other social activities. Notable speakers at the 2013 retreat include Alan Eustace, SVP of Knowledge, Megan Smith, VP of Google [x], and Carolyn Casey, Founder of Kanchi.org.
Applications for scholarships will open again in just a few months! For more information about Google’s scholarships and student programs visit the Google Students site.
It’s great to see Google encouraging more women to become computer geeks! As someone who used to spend a lot of his time in computer science and engineering classes, I distinctly remember the classes consisted of mostly dudes, even though the discipline is so important in online technology.