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PKA Technologies Establishes THEA Scholarship for Young Women Pursuing STEM Careers

Posted in Commentary with tags on August 15, 2019 by itnerd

The movement to get more women into science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) careers took a significant step forward today with the announcement from PKA Technologies of the first Technology Higher Education Achievement (THEA) Scholarships. PKA Technologies, the WBENC-certified, woman-owned, New York-based IT solutions company awarded three female students scholarships ranging from $500 to $1,500 in its quest to balance the gender scales in STEM-related fields. PKA co-founder and CEO Felise Katz named the THEA Scholarship in memory of her mother, Thea.

Erika Tan, a recent graduate of Freehold High School in New Jersey, will attend the University of Texas at Austin to study computer science. She received a $500 scholarship. Mariia Kerimova, a computer science major at Bergen Community College in Paramus, New Jersey, received a $1,000 scholarship and Anisha Shin, a sophomore studying computer engineering at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, New Jersey, received a $1,500 scholarship.

The THEA Scholarship is awarded in three categories: high school, community college, and a four-year college/university. Tan, Kerimova, and Shin were selected from 23 applicants based on their GPA, passion for technology, leadership qualities, and the persuasiveness of a 500-word essay.

THEA Scholarships will be awarded annually. Katz funded this inaugural round of scholarships with a personal contribution. PKA plans to grow the scholarship fund donations in the coming years – allowing the company to increase the award amounts and the number of female recipients.