SAN FRANCISCO – THURS., DEC. 1, 2016 — Committed to empowering the next generation of female computer scientists, software engineers, and developers, Toptal, today, announced two winners of the Toptal STEM Scholarships for Women, a program that supports women in science, engineering, technology, and mathematics through financial support and mentorship.
The tenth and eleventh winners of the scholarship are Laura García Casadiego, a web developer from Colombia with aspirations to become a software architect, and Glòria Masià Muñoz, a biomedical engineer and graduate student from Spain who aspires to become a healthcare innovator.
Toptal STEM Scholarships, launched in 2015, are a series of 12 scholarships for women awarded monthly over the course of one year. Winners receive $5,000, which many put toward furthering their education and a year of weekly one-on-one technical training and mentorship from a Toptal senior technologist. While the program is no longer accepting applications, women from around the world and of any education level were eligible to apply.
Casadiego plans on putting the scholarship winnings towards saving for a Masters Degree in Software Architecture, and, in the short-term, towards online classes that can help her improve her programming skills. Through her work with local organizations such as Ruby Meetup and Rails Girls, Casadiego hopes to share the information she learns from her Toptal mentor with the wider Colombian female technology community.
“Laura strongly believes in spreading knowledge, in learning, and helping other people learn,” said Anna Chiara-Bellini, director of engineering at Toptal. “This aligns perfectly with our goals of giving to people that will give back to their community.”
Muñoz, who volunteers with worldwide 3-D printing initiative E-nabling the Future, plans on putting the scholarship winnings towards a 3-D printer and a new computer that can better handle data analytics tasks. “Using technology to solve real-life problems and finding as many solutions to major challenges worldwide, that is what being an engineer is all about,” said Muñoz.
“Gloria impressed us with the volunteer work she’s doing on 3-D printed prosthetics for children,” said Chiara-Bellini. “She devotes her time and her positive energy for something that directly affects people and makes the world better.”
For more information on the Toptal STEM Scholarship for Women, including past winners, please visit: https://www.toptal.com/scholarships.
Founded in 2010, Toptal is an exclusive service to connect innovative companies with the world’s best technical and design talent. Toptal serves thousands of clients, including Fortune 500 companies J.P. Morgan and Pfizer and startups Airbnb and Zendesk, delivering expertise and world-class solutions at an unparalleled success rate. Toptal investors include Andreessen Horowitz, Adam D’Angelo, Ryan Rockefeller, among others. For more information, please visit www.toptal.com.