Scholarship Donations Needed for 2011 Grace Hopper Celebration

The Anita Borg Institute has sent out a call for donations to create additional scholarships for the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing (GHC) to be held November 9-12 in Portland, Oregon. 178 students have already been awarded scholarships, but another 150 applicants are on a waiting list, dependent on funding.

As you may already know, GHC is not only one of the most women-friendly computer conferences in the world, but also a model for diversity, organization, and networking. The event includes tracks ranging from Academic and Industry to Students and Careers, as well as lunches and other gatherings for ethnic and minority groups and BOF sessions, and this year’s event will include an Open Source Day. For many, it’s the not-to-be-missed highlight of their annual conferences, with over 2100 attending in 2010.

According to B.J. Wishinsky’s blog , student scholarships to GHC are frequently instrumental in female students finding employment after graduation. Wishinsky herself describes attending the 1997 GHC as being instrumental in her own career and leading to a life-long involvement with GHC and the issues of women in computing.

Full scholarships are $1650 for Americans, or $2750 for international scholarship, but, as Wishinsky says, “no amount is too small” to donate. To see how you can help, visit Wishinsky’s blog for details.