“Her capacity to mix technical expertise and a relentless vision inspired, motivated and moved women to embrace technology instead of avoiding or ignoring it.”
Anita Borg believed that technology affects all aspects of our economic, political, social and personal lives. A technology rebel with a cause, in her life she fought tirelessly to ensure that technology’s impact would be a positive one. It was this vision that inspired Anita in 1997 to found the Institute for Women and Technology. Today this organization continues on her legacy and bears her name, The Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology (www.anitaborg.org).
Dr. Anita Borg
Her capacity to mix technical expertise and a relentless vision inspired, motivated and moved women to embrace technology instead of avoiding or ignoring it. She has touched and changed the lives of countless women in the computing fields and beyond. Anita is responsible for including women in the technological revolution–not as bystanders, but as active participants and leaders. In 1987, prior to founding the Institute, She began an email online community called Systers which today has 3,000 members from all over the world. In 1994, Anita co-founded the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing Conference. The Grace Hopper Celebration has grown to become the largest gathering of women in computing in the world. The Anita Borg Institute is the umbrella organization for both of these ongoing programs as well as the Virtual Development Center, TechLeaders and a host of other dynamic partnerships and collaborations that embrace Anita’s ongoing vision.
During her life, Anita’s commitment to her vision and expertise in the field gained her significant recognition. In 1999, President Clinton appointed her to the Commission on the Advancement of Women and Minorities in Science, Engineering and Technology. In 2002, she received the Heinz Award for Technology, the Economy and Employment.
Born Anita Borg Naffz on January 17th, 1949 in Chicago, Illinois, she grew up in Palatine, Illinois, Kaneohe, Hawaii, and Mukilteo, Washington. Anita found her way to a computer keyboard in her mid-20s. She received a Ph.D. in computer science from the Courant Institute at New York University in 1981. She then embarked on a brilliant research career for some of industry’s commercial giants including Nixdorf, Digital/Compaq’s Western Research Lab and Xerox PARC.
Dr. Anita Borg proposed the "50/50 by 2020" initiative, an effort to increase the percentage of women among graduates earning computing degrees to 50% by the year 2020. However, the percentage of Computer Science degrees earned by women is still far from 50% throughout the world.
As part of Google’s ongoing commitment to furthering Anita’s vision, we are pleased to announce The Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship for Asia Pacific. Through the scholarship, we aim to encourage women to excel in computing and technology, and become active role models and leaders in these fields.
Recipients of the Google Anita Borg Scholarship: Asia Pacific will receive a scholarship amount specific to their local region in respect to tuition. A group of female undergraduate and graduate students will be chosen from the applicant pool across Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Korea, Southeast Asia and India. 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 an annual Google scholars’ retreat in a Google office in Asia Pacific in 2014.
Want to learn how the scholarship has impacted the lives of past scholars? Watch the video below:
To be eligible to apply, applicants must:
The Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship is a global program. If you are a student who will not be enrolled at a university in Asia Pacific for the 2015 academic year, please visit the Anita Borg Scholarships Homepage to learn more about our Anita Borg Scholarship opportunities around the world.
Please complete the online application which includes:
* For students studying at a university in Greater China, we have a scholars’ retreat in China Mainland. Please submit your application based on your university location: China Mainland, Hong Kong, and Taiwan.