Marymount University is encouraging a new generation of women to pursue their passions in STEM by supporting a scholarship awarded by the Northern Virginia Technology Council (NVTC) Foundation.
Marymount has signed an agreement in which the University pledges to match the NVTC Foundation Kilberg Scholarship Fund award of $5,000, for a total of $10,000 granted to high school and community college recipients who attend the institution.
The scholarship is awarded to female students who demonstrate leadership and potential in the technology field. It is named in honor of former NVTC President and CEO Bobbie Kilberg, who retired in 2020 after 22 years leading and growing the trade organization that represents the technology community in Northern Virginia.
The NVTC Foundation was established to support under-served members in the Greater Washington area, including students facing financial challenges on their path to higher education.
“Bobby Kilberg has been and continues to be an inspiration to young women, and it’s our honor and pleasure to support this scholarship at Marymount,” said Dr. Irma Becerra, President of Marymount University. “As a female engineer, I understand how it feels to be a minority in a male-dominated field. I am also a member of the Board of NVTC, so when the idea of contributing to the Kilberg Scholarship Fund was brought to my attention, I knew we wanted to play a role in uplifting women who will reach great heights thanks to this financial support.”
“We’re grateful for Marymount University’s support of the scholarship’s mission to promote a diverse and robust talent pipeline in our region’s tech community,” said Jennifer Taylor, President and CEO of NVTC. “Marymount is an excellent school for students to learn necessary skills for in-demand technology careers.”