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The Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship, USA


Dr. Anita Borg devoted her adult life to revolutionizing the way we think about technology and dismantling barriers that keep women and minorities from entering computing and technology fields. Her combination of technical expertise and fearless vision continues to inspire and motivate countless women to become active participants and leaders in creating technology.

In her honor, Google is proud to honor Anita's memory and support women in technology with the Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship. Google hopes to encourage women to excel in computing and technology and become active role models and leaders in the field.

Google Anita Borg Scholarship recipients will each receive a $10,000 award for the 2016-2017 academic year. A group of female undergraduate and graduate students will be chosen from the applicant pool, and scholarships will be awarded based on the strength of each candidate's academic background and demonstrated leadership. All scholarship recipients will be invited to attend the Annual Google Scholars' Retreat in Mountain View, California in 2016. As a Google Anita Borg Scholar, you will participate in a unique program that includes professional development as well as outreach in your community which kicks off at the Scholars' Retreat.

You can hear from some previous Google Anita Borg Scholars on how receiving the scholarship has impacted them:

The Annual Google Scholars' Retreat at the Googleplex

We know how important a supportive peer network can be for a student's success. Google's scholarship recipients from North America will be invited to visit Google headquarters in Mountain View, California for the Google Scholars' Retreat. The retreat will include workshops, speakers, panelists, breakout sessions and social activities scheduled over a 3-day period. Students will have the opportunity to explore the Googleplex and enjoy the San Francisco Bay Area as they get to know other talented computer science students from across the country.

The Google Anita Borg Scholars will be joined by other undergraduate and graduate scholarship recipients from North America. For more information about our other scholarships, please see here.

Who can apply?

Applicants must satisfy all of the following criteria to be eligible:

  • be a female student currently enrolled as an undergraduate or graduate student at a university for the 2015-2016 academic year
  • intend to be enrolled in or accepted as a full-time undergraduate or graduate student at a university in the United States for the 2016-2017 academic year
  • majoring in computer science, computer engineering, or a closely related technical field
  • maintain a strong academic record
  • exemplify leadership and demonstrate passion for increasing the involvement of women in computer science

Citizens, permanent residents, and international students are eligible to apply. Past applicants and finalists are also encouraged to re-apply. If you have any questions, please email

The Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship is a global program. If you are a student who will not be enrolled at a university in the United States for the 2016-2017 academic year, please visit the Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholarships Homepage to learn more about our Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship around the world.

Application process

Please complete the online application which must include:

  • General background information (includes contact information and information about your current and intended institutions)
  • Current resume
  • Academic transcripts from your current and prior institutions (if you have earned a prior degree)
  • Two letters of reference from a professor, instructor, adviser or supervisor
  • Responses to four essay questions

Deadline to apply: Apply here by Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Recipients will be selected based on the overall strength of their essays and application materials compared to the entire applicant pool.

If you are a high school senior, the application for the Generation Google Scholarship (for current high school seniors) entering a university in 2016-2017 will open in early 2016.

Further Information

Application Deadline : 1 December 2015

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