Atlanta, GA – June 25, 2015 – For the very first time, three branded scholarships were awarded at the recent 21st annual WIT Connect 2015 (06/11/15) to three deserving young women from Women in Technology’s (WIT’s) Girls Get IT and WIT on Campus programs.  The companies providing the funds included CareerBuilder®, Edge Solutions and NCR Corporation.

WIT Connect Presented by Dell brings technology leaders together with up-and-coming professionals for an entertaining evening of networking and competitive bidding. Companies bid on “time” with executives from top Georgia corporations. This year, over 100 senior executives from 50-plus companies participated and raised over $300K in support of WIT programs and initiatives.

WIT on Campus CareerBuildHER Scholarship by CareerBuilder® for $5,000

WIT awarded Sarina Bell the 2015 WIT on Campus CareerBuildHER Scholarship by CareerBuilder®.

Sarina Bell is a HOPE Scholarship recipient and senior at Clayton State University, obtaining a B.S. in Information Technology with a minor in Computer Science. Sarina already has over seven years of experience within the IT field as an assistant to a project manager.  She serves on the executive board of Women Interested in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (Wi2STEM), and is an active member of WIT on Campus.

At WIT Connect, Sarina shared, “I am honored to receive the CareerBuildHER scholarship by CareerBuilder® and to be part of a support system for women having a passion for STEM.”

“CareerBuilder and CareerBuildHER, a women’s alliance group within CareerBuilder, are proud to sponsor a $5,000 scholarship, awarded to Sarina Bell, to promote and support women pursuing careers in technology,” said Leslie Martin, Senior Director of Corporate Applications at CareerBuilder. “We admire Sarina’s desire to mentor other women entering the technology field and look forward to seeing her career evolve.”  

WIT on Campus Edge Solutions Scholarship for $5,000

WIT awarded Shayla Ellington the 2015 WIT on Campus Edge Solutions Scholarship.

Shayla Ellington, a 2015 Regent’s Engineering Transfer Program (RETP) participant and sophomore at Clayton State University, has identified a career in biomedical engineering and pediatric hematology as her goal. Shayla is a member of the Wi2STEM group on campus, and is a Student Ambassador for WIT on Campus initiatives.  She works closely with friends and mentors at Dayton Children’s Medical Center in order to advocate for sickle cell patients like herself.  Shayla is preparing to transition to Georgia Institute of Technology where she will realize her dream of being an amazing engineer.

According to Shayla, “The Women in Technology program at Clayton State University has allowed me to network with women who strive to make a lasting impact in the STEM field. Through such programs as Campus Chat, Job Shadowing and Career Exploration, WIT on Campus has exposed me to companies and people that inspire me to do my very best.”

“We are proud to be a sustaining sponsor of WIT, and especially to support amazing women like Shayla Ellington,” says Edge Solutions CEO Julie Haley.   “Not only is fostering diversity in the workforce the right thing to do, but we also believe this is a cornerstone of our success that has contributed to our exceptional growth in our industry.” 

Girls Get IT NCR Scholarship for $20,000

WIT awarded Kayla U. Evans the 2015 Girls Get IT NCR Scholarship.

The future looks bright resting in the hands of WIT’s GGIT participant, Kayla Evans! A 2015 International Baccalaureate graduate of Douglas County High School, Kayla will be a member of the Harvard University Class of 2019.  At Harvard, she plans to concentrate in neurobiology and later pursue a career in the field of biotechnology.

Kayla reflected, “I would like to thank NCR for so generously funding this award. I truly appreciate (NCR) investing in the future of young women like me in such a “huge way.” The NCR scholarship sends a message that NCR is serious about making certain women have every opportunity to lead in the area of STEM. Thank you, WIT, for making this scholarship opportunity available through the Girls Get IT program, and thank you to the many companies and organizations that have hosted Girls Get IT events.”

“NCR is a proud supporter of WIT, and we’re honored to sponsor the 2015 Girls Get IT scholarship,” affirmed NCR IT Vice President Julie Untener. “As a global technology company, increasing opportunities for incredible young women like Kayla Evans who combine technical aptitude with personal drive and character is more than a responsibility – it’s an investment in the future as we look to the next generation of technology leaders.”   

About CareerBuilder®

CareerBuilder is the global leader in human capital solutions, helping companies target and attract great talent. Its online career site, CareerBuilder.com®, is the largest in the United States with more than 24 million unique visitors and 1 million jobs. CareerBuilder works with the world’s top employers, providing everything from labor market intelligence to talent management software and other recruitment solutions. Owned by Gannett Co., Inc. (NYSE:GCI), Tribune Company and The McClatchy Company (NYSE:MNI), CareerBuilder and its subsidiaries operate in the United States, Europe, South America, Canada and Asia. For more information, visit www.careerbuilder.com.

About Edge Solutions

Alpharetta-based Edge Solutions delivers proactive technology solutions – including data center infrastructure and cloud services – that provide a competitive advantage to customers across the Southeast. A certified majority-women owned company, Edge Solutions “lives its values” of diversity by consciously including women at every level of its workforce, including its management team.

About NCR Corporation

NCR Corporation (NYSE: NCR) is the global leader in consumer transaction technologies, turning everyday interactions with businesses into exceptional experiences. With its software, hardware, and portfolio of services, NCR enables more than 550 million transactions daily across retail, financial, travel, hospitality, telecom and technology, and small business. NCR solutions run the everyday transactions that make your life easier.

NCR is headquartered in Duluth, Georgia with over 30,000 employees and does business in 180 countries. NCR is a trademark of NCR Corporation in the United States and other countries.

About Women in Technology

Women in Technology, an Atlanta-based organization, passionately supports women at every stage of their STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) careers — from the classroom to the boardroom. WIT enables women to build strong networks, develop leadership skills and advance their careers. WIT is the largest, most active female-centered STEM organization in the metro Atlanta region. WIT has set a goal of making Georgia the state with the highest percentage of women in the STEM workforce by the year 2020.