Women and Minorities in Engineering, Science and Technical Fields Scholarship
The primary goal of this fund is to address the issue of the under representation of women and minorities in many engineering and science fields. At the time of establishing this fund, about one quarter of all STEM jobs are in a computer related field where the vast majority of jobs are held by white (68%) and Asian (14%) men. On the other hand, women account for less than 15% of these jobs (significantly less than 20-30 years ago), Hispanic (9%), Black (8%) and American Indian (0.3%). Contrasting with overall US population statistics, women constitute 51% while Hispanics are at 18%, Blacks at 13% and American Indian at 1.3%. Besides reducing opportunities for women and minorities in these STEM fields, this lack of diversity has contributed over the years to many inherent design flaws resulting from inadvertent gender and/or racial bias.
This scholarship is available to full time Madison College students seeking an Associate Degree in Liberal Arts Transfer-Engineering, Liberal Arts Transfer-Science, Math and Technology, Electrical Engineering Technology, Electronics, Mechanical Design Technology, or IT-Web Software Development.