WSOS provides young women with the exposure, incentive and guidance to enter and succeed in STEM fields. This project supports young women pursuing degrees in computer science in Washington state.
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
STEM degrees build the economic strength of our state, yet many talented students have not had the support, incentive or guidance to enter and succeed in those fields. Females specifically are underrepresented in these fields, with just 0.3 percent of freshman girls naming computer science as their intended major in 2012. This shortage of talent results in male-dominated computer science industries and forces employers to hire from outside the state.
How will this project solve this problem?
The Opportunity Scholarship is an investment in girls, educational access, innovation and Washington's future all at once. In addition to financial support, the Opportunity Scholarship provides mentoring, career advice, internships and access to local leaders in high-demand fields. These relationships poise scholars to hit the ground running and work in Washington once they complete their degrees.The Opportunity Scholarship offers a win-win for girls, local businesses, and the state's economy.
Potential Long Term Impact
Supporting the Opportunity Scholarship will grow and enrich the local talent pool available to businesses and blaze the trail for the next generation of female leaders in computer science and other STEM fields.
This project has been retired and is no longer accepting donations.