Nominations are now open for the fifth annual Cecilia Galvin Scholarship Award. Co-sponsored by CompTIA and ChannelPro, the program grants $5,000 each year to a young woman interested in starting a career in technology.
Applicants for the award must be a high school senior and have 2.0 GPA or better. They must also be a recognized leader in their school and community, and have a demonstrated early interest in technology. The winner can use the scholarship toward tuition costs at a four-year college or trade school within the United States, or to earn CompTIA technical certifications.
The CompTIA ChannelPro Cecilia Galvin Scholarship is named in memory of former ChannelPro Network Executive Editor Cecilia Galvin, who was a passionate supporter of women in IT before her death in 2017. Galvin was the first female editor-in-chief of Popular Science magazine, and helped launch that publication’s coverage of the then still young IT industry.
“CompTIA is proud to continue our partnership with ChannelPro to honor the memory of Cecilia Galvin with this scholarship,” says MJ Shoer, chief community officer for CompTIA. “Cecilia was a trailblazer in the technology industry, and it is important to keep her memory alive through this program. Cecilia was committed to championing women getting into tech and excelling in their careers. It's an honor to keep her name at the forefront of these ongoing efforts.”
Nominations for the scholarship are being accepted through April 28 and the nomination form can be found here. The winner will be announced during CompTIA’s 2023 ChannelCon event, which will take place August 1-3 at The Venetian Resort in Las Vegas.
Here are profiles of the previous scholarship winners: Maryann Nwude, Sarah Johnson, Destiny Adams, and Isabella Ledet
“Cecilia Galvin left an indelible legacy at ChannelPro and remains a cornerstone of who we are today,” says Michael Siggins, president and publisher of The ChannelPro Network. “A valued and beloved colleague, Cecilia was a role model for all journalists and a strong advocate for women and women in IT in particular. ChannelPro is privileged to continue to honor her memory.”