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Newest Cecilia Galvin Scholarship Winner Combines Passion for Tech with Commitment to Diversity: Page 2 of 2

Maryann Nwude (pictured), the 2022 winner of an award from CompTIA and ChannelPro for young women starting a career in IT, aspires to introduce more people of color like herself to the worlds of hackathons and AI research. By Rich Freeman

2022 marks the fourth time ChannelPro and CompTIA have collaborated on the Cecilia Galvin Scholarship. “This was our largest year with over 60 nominations submitted. That was more than a 300% increase,” says Kathleen Martin, CompTIA’s senior manager of member communities. “It was a tough time to get to our final winner.”

Cecilia Galvin, ChannelPro’s first executive editor, passed away in 2017. Galvin was previously the first female editor-in-chief of Popular Science back when women rarely helmed anything but fashion publications and never led technology magazines. Having seen herself exactly how hard it can be for young women to enter IT, which remains an overwhelmingly male dominated field, she was enthusiastic about making it easier for others to follow in her footsteps.  

Nwude plans to continue pursuing her twin interests in technology and equity at Virginia Tech. “My major is going to be computer science, but I’ve been looking into the diversity and community engagement minor,” she says. “I want to be able to use my technology foundation to do positive social work, whether that be in one career or several.”

The goal, she continues, is “to really help cultivate a diverse and innovative environment for all of us to thrive in.”

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