Future Leaders of IT
Congratulations to 2017's recipients!

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Caroline Anderson

Morgantown, Pennsylvania
Penn State University
Computer Science

Caroline Anderson is a first year computer science major at Pennsylvania State University Schreyers Honors College. Caroline’s interest in computer science sparked as a sophomore in high school while enrolled in an AP Computer Science class. Since then, her love for computer science has only continued to grow.

Caroline completed two summer internships at NASA’s Independent Verification and Validation facility creating a database to categorize potential hazards for critical NASA missions. During her junior and senior years of high school, she was a researcher at West Virginia University’s Human Computer Lab under Dr. Saiph Savage. In this lab, she volunteered for e-NABLE, a nonprofit organization that builds 3D printed prosthetic hands for children in need, where she guided high school campers to build 20 prosthetic devices. She also created the West Virginia University Statler College twitter bot @WVUStatlerBot that answers commonly asked questions for engineering students at West Virginia University.

In high school, Caroline served as the treasurer of both the National Honor Society and Interact Club, and has logged over 200 hours of community service. This summer (2018), she plans to research at Carnegie Mellon University's Human Computer Interaction Institute. Caroline is very excited to learn more about computer science and what area will allow her to best serve others. You can learn even more about Caroline at her website: carolineganderson.com.

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Afe Addeh

Greenbelt, Maryland
University of Maryland College Park
Computer Science

Afe Addeh is a first-generation, African American student who has achieved many goals and accomplishments since she began her exploration into the field of computer science. In high school, she led her school's Cyber Patriot team to the “Top Three” in state competition for two years in a row. Afe also participated in the Congressional App Challenge since 2014 and won 3rd place for her app, Career Finder, in 2017.
During high school, Afe sought to inspire other female minority students to excel in STEM courses and activities. In 2016, Afe launched the first girl-prioritized club and the first computer programing club in her school: Girls Who Code.  Afe will begin her first year in college at the University of Maryland at College Park, where she will major in computer science with a minor in computer graphics/animation.

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You have arrived here because you are taking the next step in becoming a future leader in technology. Through philanthropic contributions from its members, The Connect Worldwide Scholarship Fund offers scholarships on a competitive basis to help you offset your education costs.


Applications for this year are now being accepted. Deadline is Dec. 1st

Scholarships include $2,000 USD payable to your academic institution on your behalf.

There will also be an opportunity to receive other awards throughout the year just by staying engaged with Connect, one of the largest global IT communities. You can connect to HP as well as mentors who can assist you as you achieve your academic and professional goals.

Apply today and get connected to your future!

Submit your application via email to info@connect-community.org with subject line "FLIT Scholarship" or via this online form. Please note that if you use the online form, you will need to email supporting documents to us at info@connect-community.org. The required materials that must be submitted to be considered are below:

  1. Most recent high school or college transcripts.

  2. Three letters of recommendations from teachers and or counselors.

  3. High School seniors must provide proof of university or college acceptance.

  4. An essay (1000 word min) on why you are pursuing a career in information engineering, information management (or related academic discipline) and what you hope to accomplish in your career.