WIT Foundation accepting applications for FIRST Robotics Competition Grants through Nov. 15

Atlanta – November 4, 2010 – Women in Technology Foundation (WIT Foundation) recently awarded $15,000 in grant money to Girls Incorporated of Greater Atlanta, YWCA of Greater Atlanta Teen Girls in Technology and Cool Girls, Inc. Each organization is receiving $5,000 to support their programs focusing on young girls considering pursuing careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

WIT Foundation’s formalized application process allows the WIT Foundation to focus on providing funds to organizations closely aligned with WIT Foundation’s mission, says Margot King, president, WIT Foundation.

“This is the first year we initiated a specific grant application process, and we were amazed at the high-caliber applications we received.  It was an incredibly difficult decision making our selection, but certain areas of focus seemed to resonate with the overall WIT mission and our criteria for alignment with that mission.  We are looking forward to a fulfilling relationship with all our grant recipients,” said King.

In 2010, WIT Foundation is awarding more than $50,000 in grant money to local non-profits focusing on pre-career programs and non-profits focusing on girls and STEM.

WIT Foundation is accepting applications from local high schools for FIRST Robotics Competition grants through Nov. 15, 2010. FIRSTdesigns accessible, innovative programs to build self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills while motivating young people to pursue opportunities in science, technology, and engineering. The Peachtree Regional FIRST Robotics Competition will be held in March 2011.

More information on the WIT Foundation FIRST Robotics Competition grants and applications are available at http://www.mywit.org/system/contents/17/original/FIRST_Team_Grant_Application_2010.pdf.

About WIT Foundation

Founded in 2004, the WIT Foundation is a 501c3 non-profit organization that supports the philanthropic aims of WIT, Inc. The WIT Foundation focuses on pre-career programs, awarding cash grants to area organizations and non-profits focusing on girls and STEM.

WIT starts early guiding women in technology toward success, and the WIT Foundation-created Girls Get IT program is a perfect example. WIT creates a community of middle and high school girls, partners them with local professional women in technology, then helps them make informed decisions about careers in science, technology, engineering and math.

About Women in Technology (WIT)

WIT’s mission is to serve as passionate advocates for advancing women in Georgia’s technology community. Each year, more than 1,000 thought leaders and professionals attend WIT Forums, WIT’s leadership and networking series.  WIT delivers professional development programs, such as WIT Executive Coaching and WIT Careers in Action, to enable members to hone their leadership skills and achieve visibility within the business community.

WIT’s philanthropic and educational programs, such as Girls Get IT, provide outreach to educate and encourage girls and young women to pursue careers in science and technology. WIT has two annual premier events, WIT Connect, WIT’s annual fundraiser event, and WIT’s Women of the Year in Technology Awards honoring the women who lead Georgia’s technology community. WIT is a founding society of the Technology Association of Georgia, an umbrella membership organization that serves the Georgia technology community. For more information on WIT and the WIT Foundation, WIT’s philanthropic arm, visit www.mywit.org

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