The Michigan Council of Women in Technology Foundation Thursday awarded nine women in various stages of their academic or professional careers with laptop stipends and scholarships at the Birmingham Country Club. MCWT’s corporate and media sponsors who make the annual scholarship program possible and support events throughout the year also were thanked for their dedication.

This year’s scholarship winners are:
* Rasmeet Singh (Sterling Heights)
* Beth Hadley (Novi)
* Erica Green (Detroit)
* Kristen Gliniecki (Shelby Township)
* Tasha Candela (Washington Township)
* Tamara Grzebyk (Plymouth)

Additionally, the following women received laptop stipends:
* Hannah Robertson (Plainwell)
* Meredith Monticello (Northville)
* Amber Briggs (Pontiac)

Through the scholarship program, the MCWT Foundation helps women pursue educational goals and become leaders in Michigan’s technology industry. Now in its ninth year, the competition received 86 applications.

“With the help of our generous corporate partners, we’re able to spark girls’ interest in technology through programs like our summer technology camp and host scholarship competitions to encourage continuing education in the field,” said Donna Cheesebrough, MCWT president and process information officer of global business services for General Motors. “Together, we’re helping more women consider, advance and stay in Michigan’s technology community. Not only do the women recognized today have the drive to accomplish great things, but I’m confident they’ll inspire others along the way.”

MCWT sponsors and community partners include: Accenture, Acro Services, Airfoil Public Relations, AT&T, Blue Care Network of Michigan, BMC Software, Booz & Co., CapGemini, CDW, Cisco, Comerica, Compuware, Consumers Energy, Covisint, CSC, Dell, Deloitte, EMC, Ernst & Young, Fast Switch Ltd., Ford Motor Company, Fujitsu, Lakes IT Report, HP, IBM, Information Builders, Internet Advisor Show, Lawrence Technological University, Mercedes Benz Financial, Microsoft,, MRM Worldwide, Netarx, Oracle, Plante Moran, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLC, Quicken Loans,  Ricoh, Satyam, Serena Software, SIM Detroit, Symantec, Tata Consultancy Services, The Epitec Group, T-Systems, Valassis, Verizon, VisionIT, Wipro and X-Ology.

The MCWT Foundation’s annual Camp Infinity technology camp at Lawrence Technological University, occurring July 11 to 15, enables fourth- through seventh-grade girls to design web pages, take apart computers, build and program robots, and learn about digital photography. Other MCWT Foundation programs include sponsoring robotics teams as well as student technology interest groups at the high school and university level.

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