SAN FRANCISCO, June 2, 2015—The Institute of International Education (IIE) and Juniper Networks today announced the inaugural Women Enhancing Technology (WeTech) Scholarship and Internship for University Women in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs. This initiative invests in young women in the United States and India by offering scholarship money for study in the STEM fields as well as paid internship opportunities with Juniper Networks.
Combining financial support with internships gives women an important opportunity to gain real-world experience, access to role models and mentors, and enhanced technical skills. This holistic package of support further ensures that, upon graduation, the women will elect a technical career and be poised to succeed in that chosen career.
To kick off this exciting new program, two U.S. winners were chosen by the global Juniper Selection Committee:
- Nicole Deleon—An industrial and systems engineering major from San Jose State University
- Taylor White—A computer engineering major from Howard University
Each recipient of the award will receive a $10,000 scholarship for the 2015/2016 school year as well as the opportunity to participate in a paid 12-week internship at Juniper’s Global Headquarters in Sunnyvale, Calif., Juniper’s OpenLab in Bridgewater, N.J., or Juniper’s New England Innovation Center in Westford, Mass.
“IIE and Juniper Networks believe that providing young women university scholarships for degrees in STEM sectors has tremendous impact on their retention and success rate in their chosen field. This comes at a time when the global tech industry needs more women educated, trained and entering into STEM careers,” said Beth Garriott, senior program officer at IIE’s WeTech.
“Juniper Networks is thrilled to be partnering with IIE on the WeTech initiative to provide a combined scholarship/internship package to up-and-coming female leaders in the technology industry. Juniper is dedicated to growing the number of women in STEM fields globally and this combined program illustrates our commitment to helping women become our next generation of technology leaders,” said Felicia Mayo, senior director of authenticity and inclusion at Juniper Networks.
IIE and Juniper Networks plan to extend the program to include four additional award recipients from India later this year.
WeTech is a consortium of dedicated partners led by the Institute of International Education (IIE) to design and support a series of innovative activities that provide training, build networks and offer professional opportunities to help women and girls around the world enter STEM fields and succeed in technology careers. Launched at the Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting in 2013, WeTech has engaged 26 companies, 115 mentors, 36 schools and 3,400 girls in 13 countries to date and was the subject of a video narrated by Chelsea Clinton in 2014.
As the Manager of the WeTech initiative, IIE is actively seeking new partners and resources to expand the program’s reach and impact. Individuals and organizations that wish to participate should contact IIE at WeTech@iie.org.
WeTech helps more women and girls enter into and succeed in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) education and careers. Launched at the 2013 Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Annual Meeting, this program is led by the Institute of International Education (IIE) and carried out with a consortium that includes Goldman Sachs, Google and Qualcomm Incorporated as lead collaborators.
About The Institute of International Education
As WeTech Manager, IIE aims to expand the consortium of partners and grow its resources to $10 million over three years, in order to build out activities and expand to additional regions in Africa, India and the U.S. as well as to new countries, such as Brazil and China. IIE is a world leader in the international exchange of people and ideas. An independent, not-for-profit organization founded in 1919, IIE has a network of 19 offices and affiliates worldwide and over 1,200 member institutions. IIE designs and implements programs of study and training for students, educators, young professionals and trainees from all sectors with funding from government agencies, foundations, and corporations. Our vision is that educational, cultural and professional opportunities transcend borders to foster a peaceful and interconnected world where all people achieve their full potential; think and act as global citizens; and build inclusive, thriving communities.
Through its Center for Women’s Leadership Initiatives, IIE provides opportunities for women worldwide to participate in cutting-edge training, professional development and exchange programs and pursue higher education. Through these programs, women develop and join networks of peers, mentors and experts and serve as effective leaders in the public and private sectors around the world.
About Juniper Networks
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