Laila Abdalla, Ph.D.
The STEM field has a disproportionately low number of women in its ranks. According to the National Science Board, women represent just 21% of engineering majors and 19% of computer and information technology majors.
To fight back against these trends, some organizations have introduced women in STEM scholarships, including computer science and information technology scholarships. Scholarships reduce financial stress for learners as they study, awarding funds based on academic merit, need, and identity.
To get prospective students started on their search, we've highlighted several women in STEM scholarships.
Women in STEM scholarships
The following list provides information on women in STEM scholarships, including the eligibility and deadline details. Each of these awards can be accessed by students across the country.
Eligibility limitations: Available to women students currently enrolled in a STEM discipline.
About: In an effort to increase the number of women in the computer science field, Red Olive introduced this women-in-STEM scholarship. Candidates must submit an 800-word essay on how they will improve the future with technology to qualify.
About: The Heinlein Society offers four scholarships to women pursuing a STEM bachelor of science degree at four-year colleges and universities. Candidates must submit a 500- to 1,000-word essay on a provided topic.
The Atkins Minorities and Women STEM Scholarship Program
Deadline: April and October
Eligibility limitations: Available to women and racial minority full-time undergraduate students in a STEM discipline who have a 3.0 minimum GPA.
About: The SNC-Lavalin Group offers scholarships to candidates based on their academic merit, community involvement, financial need, and the quality of their submission video and letters of recommendation.
Laila Abdalla obtained her Ph.D. in English from McGill University in Montreal, Canada. She taught undergraduate and graduate courses in English and successful writing at Central Washington University for over 21 years.
Currently, Abdalla serves as a Washington state career coach and advocate for individuals on temporary state assistance. Abdalla has devoted her career, teaching, and leadership to matters of equity, diversity, and inclusion. Above all, she is committed to her clients' and students' complete experience, raising awareness of BIPOC issues in employment, language, community, and culture.
Abdalla leads with equity in management and nonprofit volunteering, and continues to develop her own understandings of these complex issues — both professionally and in her lived experiences.
Laila Abdalla is a paid member of the Red Ventures Education freelance review network.
This article was reviewed by Monali Mirel Chuatico
In 2019, Monali Mirel Chuatico graduated with her bachelor's in computer science, which gave her the foundation that she needed to excel in roles such as a data engineer, front-end developer, UX designer, and computer science instructor.
Monali is currently a data engineer at Mission Lane. As a data analytics captain at a nonprofit called COOP Careers, Monali helps new grads and young professionals overcome underemployment by teaching them data analytics tools and mentoring them on their professional development journey.
Monali is passionate about implementing creative solutions, building community, advocating for mental health, empowering women, and educating youth. Monali's goal is to gain more experience in her field, expand her skill set, and do meaningful work that will positively impact the world.
Monali Mirel Chuatico is a paid member of the Red Ventures Education freelance review network.