United States and Canada: 2018 Women Tech-makers

Scholars Program

Eligibility Criteria

  • Identify as female

  • Currently be enrolled at an accredited university for the 2017-2018 academic year

  • Intend to be enrolled in or accepted as a full-time student in a Bachelors, Masters or PhD program at a university in the United States or Canada for the 2018-2019 academic year

  • Be studying computer science, computer engineering or a closely related technical field

  • Demonstrate a strong academic record

  • Exemplify leadership and demonstrate passion for increasing the involvement of women in computer science

Application Instructions are mentioned as follows:

Essay Questions

The essay questions are intended to access your academic excellence, leadership abilities and zeal for Computer Sciences.

  • Please copy and paste all four essay questions and write your responses underneath the question.

  • Answer all the four essay questions in one document and upload to the online application in PDF format.

  • Each response should be 300-500.

1) What sparked your interest in computer science? How did this lead you to major in computer science and what do you hope to accomplish with your degree? In your answer, please describe how your experiences have influenced the goals you have for yourself.

2) Please give us 1-2 examples of how you have exhibited leadership. Explain how you were influential, what you were trying to achieve and the impact you had as a result. These need not be demonstrated through formal or traditional leadership roles. Think broadly and examine the many ways you are having an effect on the members of your technical community, your university, or your broader community.

3) Imagine that as a Women Techmakers scholar, you are given the opportunity to speak to a group of female first year computer science students to encourage them to pursue their study in the field. They want to know what is exciting and interesting about computer science, and are specifically interested in hearing about your experiences and accomplishments. With this audience in mind, please describe the most significant computer science project or research you have worked on, how you approached key technical challenges, and what you gained from the experience. It might have been a class assignment, a research project or work as an intern. If the project was team-based, help them understand what it’s like to work on a team by specifying your individual role and contributions in the project.

4) What impact would receiving this scholarship have on your education? Describe any circumstances affecting your need for a scholarship and what educational goals will this scholarship enable you to accomplish.


Livestream event conducted on November 13, 2017

The Livestream event conducted was a huge success. It was an amazing opportunity to get to know you all. Some former scholars talked about their experience and application tips. In case you weren’t able to make it, or somebody you know who couldn’t watch, you can find the link to the recording here: https://youtu.be/IurfhLBtxsU.

Requesting Reference Letters

You are required to secure two (2) letters of reference from a professor, instructor, adviser or supervisor. References will upload their letters of reference through this form: https://services.google.com/fb/forms/2018WTMSP-USCAN-REF.  You are responsible for contacting your references, sending them the link to the form, and ensuring that the letters are submitted by December 18, 2017 at 11:59 pm PT. References will receive a confirmation email once their letter is submitted; please check directly with your references to confirm that their letter has been submitted.

You are welcome to send your references the link at any point in the application process (regardless of the status of your portion of the application).

Please email your references using the primary email that you indicate on your application.  Your reference will be submitting your name and email address along with the letter, and this is the information we will use to match the letter to your application.

Questions and Resources

When are the deadlines?

If you are a student in the Europe, Middle East or Africa, please apply for our EMEA program.

Students must submit their application by December 11, 2017 at 11:59 pm PT.

References must submit their letter by December 18, 2017 at 11:59 pm PT.

If you are a student in the Asia Pacific region, applications will open in early 2018.

Can I save my application for later?

Prepare all your application documents and fill out the application form when you are ready because, unfortunately you cant your application for later.

Can I update my application after I submit it?

If you wish to update your application, youll have to resubmit your full application. We will consider the most recently submitted application when reviewing.

When should I contact my references?

You can reach out to your references at any time (before, during, or after you submit your portion of the application). We recommend reaching out as soon as possible to make sure they have enough time to submit prior to the deadline.

I just started a new degree so I don’t have a GPA yet. What should I enter?

Please enter the GPA of your most recently completed degree/diploma.

I am a high school senior. Can I apply?

The Women Techmakers Scholars Program is for current university students, so unfortunately current high school seniors cannot apply. We encourage you to apply next fall and also to look into the Generation Google Scholarship for high school seniors; the application for this will open in January 2018.

If you have any specific questions, please email wtmscholars@google.com.


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