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, computer information systems, software engineering and/or IT.
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 is the Progress Software Akanksha Scholarship for Women in STEM in India.
Mary Székely Scholarship for Women in STEM
Established in 2019 to honor Progress 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 someone who identifies as a woman, that plan to major in computer science, computer information systems, software engineering, and/or IT.
Our 2021 Recipient
Gavriela Tejedor Meyers is a recent graduate of Brookline High School in Massachusetts. A National Honor Society student, Gavriela founded a Brookline High Technovation team for young women to compete in a worldwide app-making competition. She was also part of the Computer Science Innovation Fund, a group established to incorporate computer science into the math curriculum at her school. Beyond that, she was also a student teacher in two areas: calculus and algebra II.
“Diversity drives innovation...It’s important to have diverse perspectives. Something that might work for certain people will not work for other people. I’ve worked in diverse groups before in STEM projects, and I’ve worked in non-diverse groups. It’s powerful to see the difference.”
Gavriela is studying computer science at Wesleyan University.
Learn more about Gavriela here.
Women in Tech Scholarship at American University in Bulgaria
The Women in Tech Scholarship at American University is an annual donation of $12,500 from Progress to be distributed to Bulgarian female full-time students that 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
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 women pursuing an undergraduate degree in computer science, computer information
systems, software engineering, and/or IT. “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.
The application process is now open. Click here to learn more.