Six female IT students wanted – to win cash!
The basis behind the awards, each valued at $1,000, is to “encourage women to pursue careers in IT,” said Joanne Wong, the Canadian Academy manager at Cisco.
Additionally, the IT sector could use more potential employees after being hit hard during the recession, said Paul Toupin, manager of Canadian partnership programs at the ACCC.
“In some circles, there are still misconceptions about the IT sectors. But it's really important to get people involved in such a high demand and burgeoning (industry),” he explained.
“If Canada's economy is going to get healthy, it needs the IT sector.”
The scholarship awards are a way to let women know there is a place for them in the industry, he added.
To apply, interested students need to fill in an application form at the website address below no later than 4 p.m. on February 26, 2010. The application also includes a Youtube video essay that communicates to today's youth why you decided to pursue your studies and a potential career in information technology. The video will actually be used as a promotional tool in high school, so that should also be considered.
Applicants who are able to show passion behind their decision to choose IT and who are able relate it to a bigger social standpoint — like how it will make a difference in others' lives — will stand out, said Toupin.
For those interested, they can get the application form at: www.accc.ca/ftp/awards/cisco_scholarship.pdf. If you have any questions about the process, visit: www.accc.ca/english/services/awards/index.htm.