Applied Computing student awarded Women in Technology Scholarship from Intel Shannon

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Pictured at the award ceremony is Veronika and a WIT graduate Intel Shannon General Manager Brian Aherne

Pictured at the award ceremony is Veronika and a WIT graduate Intel Shannon General Manager Brian Aherne

The Women in Technology Scholarship gives Veronika the opportunity to do an 8 month work placement at Intel as part of her BSC in Applied Computing

A third year BSc Applied Computing student at WIT is one of eight students to receive a Women in Technology Scholarship from Intel Shannon.

The Women in Technology scholarship program aims to encourage a new generation of high-achieving women to take up the challenge of a career in science and technology. The program forms part of a wider focus by Intel on empowering girls and women by fostering educational opportunities and encouraging women to participate, prosper, and lead in the global economy.

Veronika Karpenko, is from New Ross, Wexford and attended St Mary's Secondary School.

“It is a huge honor to be presented with this scholarship and I'm very excited to spread the word about it. It really motivates me to get involved in STEM activities to encourage more girls to pursue careers in computing. This scholarship gives me the opportunity to do an 8 month work placement at Intel as part of my course,” she says.

On 16 November Intel Shannon celebrated its annual Scholarship awards event. This year a total of 24 scholarships were awarded, including 9 new scholarships, to first year students beginning third level studies.

Speaking at the ceremony, Dana Madigan, Shannon Women in Technology Coordinator, remarked on the high standard of the applicants this year and encouraged the “students and innovators of tomorrow to keep exploring; keep asking questions and keep pushing boundaries”. Dana also credited the role of schools and parents in fostering inquisitiveness and curiosity, important attributes for any career in STEM.”

Also speaking at the event was Intel Shannon General Manager Brian Aherne, a WIT graduate who added “Intel’s success in Ireland has been built on the quality of highly skilled and educated people available in the country. We pioneered the Intel Women in Technology Scholarships here in Shannon as far back as 2006, we wanted to raise awareness of the benefits of a career in engineering. With talent being such a core ingredient to our success it is clear to see why we are passionate about encouraging and inspiring the next generation of tech innovators.”

The Women in Technology Scholarships and Paul Whelan memorial scholarship continue to be very important programs to Intel in Shannon. Since first being offered in 2006 over €1 million of funding has been invested in the program. The scholarship program offers a monetary grant valued at €3,000 per annum as well as opportunities for work placements at Intel Shannon. Each scholar is also assigned a mentor who is an Intel employee to assist and provide advice on managing their academic career. The program is open to school leavers entering undergraduate degrees in relevant courses.

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