OAK BROOK, Ill., Jan. 27, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Zonta International recently awarded 30 women from 22 countries with its new Women in Technology Scholarship for the 2019-2020 academic year. Chosen from 135 applicants worldwide, these 30 women, who are pursuing a technology degree or closely related program, demonstrated outstanding potential in the technology field.
Women make up about 20 percent of the workforce in the tech industry. To address this, Zonta International launched the Women in Technology Scholarship in 2019 to encourage women to pursue education, career opportunities and leadership roles in technology.
Six international Women in Technology Scholarship recipients were awarded US$10,000, while 24 district and region recipients received US$2,000. The money may be used for any expense that supports a degree or continuing advancement in technology or a closely related field.
2019 Women in Technology Scholarship International Recipients:
Giorgia Di Tommaso, Italy Sapienza University of Rome
Jessica Mc Broom, Australia, University of Sydney
Lucy Pei, USA, University of California Irvine
Amal Tawakuli, Luxembourg, University of Luxembourg
Lindsey Tulloch, Canada, University of Waterloo
Sedinam Wolanyo, Ghana, TechChange
2019 Women in Technology Scholarship District/Region Recipients:
Dakshitha Bashettyhalli Anandakumar, India, Georgia Institute of Technology and Emory University
Serpil Sarioglu Alpay, Turkey, Boğaziçi University
Gabriella Behr, South Africa, Wagner Corporation
Irene Björklund, Finland, Aalto University
Gabriella Kelsch Bledsoe, USA, Michigan State University
Amy Dixon, USA, Rocky Mountain College
Kristina Dūdonytė, Lithuania, Alytus College
Pegah Farshadmanesh, Iran, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Misha Fotovati, Canada, Marianopolis College
Lina Habazi, USA, University of Houston
Medina Hamidovic, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Johannes Kepler University
Anouk Hubrechsen, The Netherlands, Eindhoven University of Technology
Natella Jafarova, Canada, University of Victoria
Saffron Jensen, USA, St. Cloud State University
Helena Lundvall, Sweden, Uppsala University
Lee Marletto, USA, Kent State University
Katherine Oyarzo, Chile, Federico Santa Maria Technical University
Irene Rechichi, Italy, Politecnico di Torino
Audrey Isabel Pe, Philippines, British School Manila
Nigar Rashida, Bangladesh, Deakin University
Chiungtze Wang, Taiwan, ROC, National Chiao Tung University
Hansika Weerasinghe, Sri Lanka, Hemas Holdings PLC
Zheng Zhaomin, Japan, Carnegie Mellon University
Angela Zuba, New Zealand, Whitireia Polytechnic
The Women in Technology Scholarship was introduced as a pilot program in 2019, the year Zonta International celebrated its 100th anniversary.
"We are in the midst of celebrating our Centennial Anniversary Biennium and I am so excited Zonta International began a pilot program to promote women in technology," said Monica J. de la Cerda, Zonta Women in Technology Scholarship Committee chairman. "By participating in this endeavor, we can help to further shape the future for women and the impact and access they need to ensure they lead our next 100 years."
Zonta International (www.zonta.org) is a leading global organization of professionals empowering women worldwide through service and advocacy. On 8 November 2019, Zonta celebrated its 100th anniversary. In 1919, a small group of founders in Buffalo, New York, had a vision to help all women realize greater equality. Today, more than 28,000 members in 63 countries work together to make gender equality a worldwide reality for women and girls. Since 1923, Zonta International has provided more than US$41.2 million to empower women and girls and expand their access to education, health care, economic opportunities and safe living conditions.