Women in Tech Scholarship

November 30, 2024
Awards Available: 1

Scholarship Description

Designli is excited to award a $3,000 scholarship to a female high school, college, or graduate student from the U.S. interested in technology and entrepreneurship. While we have the privilege of working with many amazing female entrepreneurs and are successful in no small part due to the women working within our own company, we recognize that women are underrepresented in the field of technology and want to do our part to change that. Greater diversity of perspectives breeds more innovative ideas, so in our minds, creating more opportunities for women in technology is a no-brainer.

In 1,000 words, tell us what motivates and inspires you to pursue a career in technology or as an entrepreneur, and discuss the challenges, benefits, and opportunities for women in technology.


Why technology needs more female entrepreneurs

Choose a prompt

You’re welcome to use the following questions to help spark your creativity, but you aren’t required to answer them.

  • In your opinion, what are the most pressing issues facing the tech industry today, and how can female entrepreneurs help address these issues?
  • How do you see technology benefiting from more female entrepreneurs, and what unique perspectives and skills can they bring to the field?
  • More than half of startups in the US have no women on the team. Why do you think there is a lack of female representation in the tech industry, especially when it comes to entrepreneurship?
  • In the technology industry, it’s challenging to get females in, to get them to stay once they’re in, and to then get them into positions of leadership. Why do you think this is the case, and how can each of these challenges be overcome?
  • How have female entrepreneurs made a significant impact in the tech industry in recent years, and what lessons can we learn from their success stories?

Eligibility & Requirements

This application is open to female high school seniors, undergraduate, and graduate students. Due to complexities with international funding, we will only consider submissions from U.S. citizens.

Please specify your intended field of study and your current grade or degree level within your application. We also request either proof of college acceptance or a high school transcript at the time of submission.

We’d love to know your future goals and why you deserve this scholarship, so we’re asking you to provide a brief biography of no more than 250 words with your application. We will not assess this bio in our submission evaluation, but it will help us better understand your career goals.


Your submission will not be considered if it does not include the following:

  • A short bio with your intended field of study and education level
  • Proof of education
  • Evidence of U.S. citizenship (valid address)
  • A 1,000-word essay

Scholarship Guidelines Regarding the Use of AI

AI-powered tools can be valuable for research and outlining your scholarship submission. However, to ensure fairness and showcase your own voice, AI should not be used as the primary author of your work.

Transparency: If you use AI tools, please cite the specific tools used within your submission. Clearly indicate the sections where AI was used to assist you (e.g., generating ideas, outlining, etc.).

Fact-checking: AI may provide inaccurate or outdated information. It is your responsibility to carefully fact-check any information, including statistics, sourced from AI tools.

Originality and Creativity: Submissions that appear to be primarily or completely written by AI will be disqualified. We value your unique perspective, insights, and writing style.


Your essay will be evaluated by these four criteria:

  • Originality–overall uniqueness
  • Creativity–a blend of imagination and great ideas
  • Quality–superb execution
  • Competency–good composition and clear, engaging communication

Only submit your own work. Plagiarism is the opposite of innovation, and stolen work will be eliminated. This includes content that was created with AI tools like ChatGPT – sorry! This is your story–it’s uniquely valuable and we want to hear it. No one can tell a story better than the one who has lived it, so stick to telling your story and no one else’s. If you do reference the work of another individual, please use a citation.

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