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The Progress Women in STEM Scholarship Series

Supporting a new global generation of
women in technology.

Launched in 2019 with the Progress Mary Székely Scholarship for Women in STEM, the Progress Scholarship Series continues to expand its support for women interested in studying computer science, software engineering, IT and/or computer information systems.

In 2021, the company renewed its commitment to the Progress Mary Székely Scholarship for Women in STEM and the Women in Tech Scholarship at American University in Bulgaria. New in 2021 was the Progress Software Akanksha Scholarship for Women in STEM in India.

Mary Székely Scholarship for Women in STEM

Established in 2019 to honor Progress co-founder Mary Székely (pronounced: “See-kay”), the Progress Software Mary Székely Scholarship for Women in STEM is a $10,000 four-year renewable scholarship for a Massachusetts woman, including those identifying as a woman, who plan to major in computer science, software engineering, IT and/or computer information systems.

The 2022 application process for the third annual Mary Székely Scholarship has closed. Please check back in the spring to learn about our 2022 recipient.

Meet our 2021 recipient, Gavriela Tejedor Meyers, currently studying computer science at Wesleyan University.


Women in Tech Scholarship program in Bulgaria

We have established three scholarships in Bulgaria to support women in their educational pursuits.

The Women in Tech Scholarship at American University is an annual donation of $12,500 from Progress to be distributed to select Bulgarian female full-time students who have a financial need, with preference given to those studying computer science, information systems or mathematics and who maintain a GPA of 3.00 or above. Learn more here.

New in 2022: We have expanded our Women in Tech scholarship program to include two new scholarships worth BGN 3,000 each. Girls in their second, third and fourth years studying computer science, software engineering, informatics, information systems or applied mathematics from accredited universities in Bulgaria are eligible to apply. Deadline to apply is April 22, 2022. Apply here.


Akanksha Scholarship for Women in STEM

The Progress Software Akanksha Scholarship for Women in STEM in India is a four‐year, $2,000 per-year renewable scholarship to cover tuition, fees and educational expenses for an Indian woman pursuing an undergraduate degree in computer science, software engineering, IT and/or computer information systems. “Akanksha” is a Sanskrit word that translates to “aspire”—which is a state of mind and spirit to seek progress and accomplish challenges with grit. These are qualities we look for in our annual recipient, the latest of whom is Akhila Karanam, a second-year student at Keshav Memorial Institute of Technology.