Center for Women In Technology (CWIT) Scholars Program at UMBC
The Center for Women In Technology (CWIT) at the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) is a merit scholarship program for talented undergraduates majoring in computer science, information systems, business technology administration, computer engineering, mechanical engineering, chemical/biochemical/environmental engineering or a related program at UMBC.
CWIT Scholars receive four years of an annual scholarship ranging from $5,000 – $15,000 per academic year for Maryland residents, and from $10,000 – $22,000 per academic year for non-Maryland residents, to cover full tuition, mandatory fees, and other expenses. Each CWIT Scholar participates in special courses and activities and receive mentoring from faculty and participating members of the IT and engineering communities.
In addition to completing their chosen major, CWIT Scholars participate in a series of academic and extracurricular activities designed to foster a supportive community for women in IT and engineering, including:
- A mentoring program connecting the freshman and sophomore scholars to UMBC faculty in their majors, and junior and senior scholars to successful IT and Engineering professionals
- Numerous networking opportunities with successful IT and engineering professionals
- An opportunity to live in the CWIT Living Learning Community, which is a floor in a residence hall on campus specifically for CWIT Scholars and other peers in the IT and engineering majors
- An outreach program for Scholars to mentor middle and high school girls to encourage them to consider a career in IT or Engineering
- Service-learning opportunities built through UMBC’s strong relationship with area schools
- An internship program in partnership with the Shriver Center that will involve premier workforce development opportunities for CWIT Scholars in their junior and/or senior years
- Leadership opportunities through participation in the CWIT Student Council and other on-campus organizations;
- Two special courses that address gender issues on campus, in the community, and in the workplace - GWST100: An Introduction to Women’s Studies, and GWST352: Women in Science and Technology
- Monthly meetings with other CWIT Scholars, and various community-building social activities with peers
Candidates for the CWIT Scholars Program must complete a separate scholarship application than their UMBC application. Two letters of recommendation are required: one from a science or technology teacher and one from someone familiar with the student’s academic work and leadership qualities. A faculty committee will interview finalists. Any applicant to the CWIT Scholars Program must have submitted their application to UMBC and have been accepted by the time we receive their CWIT scholarship application. It is recommended that students who plan to apply for the CWIT Scholars Program should apply to UMBC via the Common Application by November 1st of their senior year in high school. This "Early-Action Deadline" for UMBC will make sure the applicant has received their UMBC admissions decision by the time they submit their CWIT Scholars Program application.
For incoming freshmen in the fall, the completed CWIT Scholars application and supporting documents must be submitted to the Scholarships Office by January 15th of the applicant's senior year of high school. Applications are available from UMBC’s Office of Scholarships and online. Final award decisions will be announced no later than the end of March.