Women In Technical Careers (WITC)

NOTE: The WITC scholarship application is now closed for fall 2024; the application will open for fall 2025 on Oct. 1.

Women in Technical Careers is a scholarship program designed to help women students succeed in a technical degree program at Dunwoody College of Technology and launch into a great career.

Most careers requiring a technical degree are non-traditional for women (defined by federal law as employing fewer than 25 percent women nationwide). Those same careers deliver higher median wages, greater job security, and more opportunities for advancement than historically female-dominated professions.

Our mission is to empower women to earn technical degrees from Dunwoody College of Technology and eliminate barriers for women to enter and succeed in technical industries.

 

Program benefits

  • A scholarship of up to $10,000/year for two years
  • A child care stipend of up to $1,500/year for two years (if eligible)
  • Stipends for textbooks and program participation
  • Formal mentoring by women professionals from the technical sector
  • A cohort experience, including monthly professional development workshops
  • One-on-one advising from WITC staff and additional wrap-around support
  • Access to internships and part-time job opportunities starting your first year
  • A summer orientation exclusively for women in the cohort

The College also provides additional benefits to all students, including: support from Women’s Initiatives Office, tutoring, career counseling, job placement services, industry field trips, and guest speakers.

INFORMATION SESSIONS

Want to learn more about the Women in Technical Careers program and how to apply?

Dunwoody is hosting several online info sessions throughout the school year. RSVP by clicking the button below and filling out the form.

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About the Scholarship Program

Scholarship Qualifications

You must meet all of the following criteria to be considered for this scholarship program:

  • Must self-identify as a woman or a non-binary individual
  • Must apply and be accepted into a degree or certificate program at Dunwoody College of Technology that leads to a non-traditional career for women. The following academic areas are considered non-traditional for women: Architecture, AutomotiveComputer TechnologyConstruction Sciences & Building Technology, Robotics & Manufacturing, School of Design, and the School of Engineering
    (Students in Dunwoody’s Radiologic Technology program are not eligible for the WITC Scholarship.)
  • Must complete the FAFSA or be part of the MN Dream Act program and be able to demonstrate a high financial need

 

Application Process

Applications for the 2025-26 academic year will open Oct. 1, 2024.

Your essay can be submitted in doc, docx, rtf, or pdf form and uploaded via the application.

Note that you can choose to submit your essay to witc@dunwoody.edu if you don’t have them ready when you fill out the online form.

Selection of Recipients

A holistic review of all completed applications is conducted by a committee of Dunwoody College faculty and staff. Scholarship recipients are selected on the basis of demonstrated need and anticipated success in the program. Work experience, goals and aspirations, challenging personal or family circumstances, strength of letters of reference, and the scholarship interview will also be considered. Recipients will be selected from a pool of qualified applicants with consideration given to those who demonstrate the greatest financial need.

Not all applicants to the program will be guaranteed acceptance.

Awarding Process

If selected as a recipient, you will receive up to a $10,000 scholarship award per year in financial aid assistance. Awards are renewable up to two years or until a degree is earned, whichever occurs first, as long as you maintain scholarship eligibility.

Contact Program Managers

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Bayza Weeks

Executive Director of Community Partnerships

Phone: 612.381.8153

witc@dunwoody.edu

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Ashley Van Lieshout

WITC Program Director

Phone: 612.381.8177

avanlieshout@dunwoody.edu