Category Archives: Organizations

Million Women Mentors Reaches Out to STEM Girls

MWMFINAL_(3)smThere is a lot written about the disparity of women in the STEM fields. Only 19.1% of engineering graduates are women, but even worse, according to an NSF study only 11% of practicing engineers are women. Enter Million Women Mentors, a new initiative to provide women interested in STEM fields with mentorship throughout middle school, high school, and beyond. Continue reading

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarships

The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program offers grants for U.S. citizen undergraduate students of limited financial means to pursue academic studies or credit-bearing, career-oriented internships abroad. Such international exchange is intended to better prepare U.S. students to assume significant roles in an increasingly global economy and interdependent world.

International experience is critically important in the educational and career development of American students, but it can also require a substantial financial investment. The Gilman Scholarship Program broadens the student population that studies and interns abroad by supporting undergraduates who might not otherwise participate due to financial constraints. The program aims to encourage students to choose non-traditional study and intern destinations, especially those outside of Western Europe, Australia and New Zealand. The Gilman Scholarship Program aims to support students who have been traditionally under-represented in education abroad, including but not limited to, students with high financial need, community college students, students in underrepresented fields such as the sciences and engineering, students with diverse ethnic backgrounds, and students with disabilities. The program seeks to assist students from a diverse range of public and private institutions from all 50 states, Washington, DC and Puerto Rico.

Award recipients are chosen by a competitive selection process and must use the award to defray eligible study or intern abroad costs. These costs include program tuition, room and board, books, local transportation, insurance and international airfare.

This congressionally funded program is sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State and is administered by the Institute of International Education through its office in Houston, TX.

Touch of Genius Prize


The Touch of Genius Prize for Innovation is a $20,000 prize that recognizes software, apps, educational tools, or games that promote braille learning or braille-related hardware. The prize is offered through the National Braille Press and the Gibney Family Foundation, and attracts participants from around the world in fields such as education, technology, engineering, and general literacy.

Stay tuned to the National Braille Press website for details on the 2015 competition. Although applications have not yet been released, the deadline for registration is expected to be January 7, 2015.

Code for Progress Fellowship


The year-long Code for Progress Fellowship aims to train people to build digital tools to communicate, organize, and mobilize in their communities. The fellowship specifically is looking for applicants from low-income backgrounds, or who are LGBTQ, people of color, and women.

The program starts with an 18-week residency in Washington, DC to learn how to code and navigate the professional and social justice environment. Participants receive a monthly housing allowance and stipend during their time in DC, and will then be placed in social justice organizations to work for the remainder of the year. Applications have already closed for the 2014 year, but those who wish to apply for the 2015 class can sign up for the Code for Progress listserv to receive updates.