Saturday, August 30, 2008

Closing the Digital Divide

FAMU CIS Program seeks to resolve the Digital Divide between African-American women with new half-million dollar grant for scholarships

The FAMU Computer Information Sciences (CIS) Program gets a $552,000 National Science Foundation (NSF) grant dedicated to recruiting minority women to computer science and information technology disciplines.
Women who apply to AAWCS will be accepted based on financial need, and will be awarded a scholarship of between $3,000 and $5,000 per semester. In addition to the funding, the women will participate in CIS departmental clubs and organizations, such as the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Club, the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), and the CIS Mentoring Organization (CISMO).

An added benefit to the students is the conference participation, where selected AAWCS scholars will be chosen to attend two national conferences, including the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing and the National Conference of Women in Information Technology (NCWIT).

The AAWCS program runs through June 30, 2012.

For program applications contact:
Dr. Jason Black
(850) 412-7354

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