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Scottsdale-based company launches Women in Technology scholarship

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PHOENIX — A company in Scottsdale has set up a new scholarship that focuses on getting more women out into the technology field.

The IT solutions and services provider, vCORE Technology Partners, launched its Women in Technology scholarship in early 2018 in hopes of encouraging “more women to seek careers in technology-related fields.”

According to the National Center for Women & Information Technology, women made up just 26 percent of the computing workforce in 2017.

“There’s a problem with not enough women candidates in the tech industry so we’re going to try to do something about it,” vCORE CEO Steve Leavitt told KTAR News 92.3 FM. “We’ve pledged to create up to 100 scholarships over the next 10 years over the western U.S., partnering with about 10 universities.”

One of those partners is right here in the Valley in Arizona State.

While each school handles the application process differently, the scholarship was open to all women before ASU cut the list down to about six applicants. From there, vCORE required an essay portion and asked a series of questions before selecting their finalist.

“Each year we’ll select one student who wants to pursue a career in tech and we’ll provide them with a scholarship of $2,500 a year to help them along that path.”

Missed the 2018 deadline?

ASU and vCORE plan to have another scholarship set up for 2019 as well as various other cities in the western Unites States.

Potential candidates should be an Arizona resident, graduating from high school and entering ASU in fall of 2019. They should also be seeking a degree in the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering in information technology, computer science or computer systems engineering.

To find more information on scholarship opportunities at ASU, visit there website here.

KTAR News 92.3 FM’s Jeremy Foster contributed to this report.

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