Progress announces the 2022 recipients of its Women in STEM grant series

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BURLINGTON, Mass., June 22, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Progress (Nasdaq: PRGS), the trusted provider of infrastructure software, today announced the recipients of the Mary Székely Scholarship for Women in STEM (US) and the Women in Tech Scholarship ( Bulgaria), both part of the larger Progress Women in STEM Scholarship series. Established in 2019, the scholarship series was created to increase global representation of women in computer science, software engineering, IT and/or computer information systems and to ease the burden of educational costs on deserving female students pursuing careers in STEM subjects.

“Each year we have the honor of speaking to a group of phenomenal young women, all pursuing a career in STEM because they want to make a difference,” said Yogesh Gupta, CEO of Progress. “This year’s candidates are no exception. They are incredibly smart, ambitious and socially responsible. We are confident that they will succeed in achieving their goals and we are so proud that we can do a small part to help them achieve that.”

Mary Székely Scholarship for Women in STEM Honoring Mary Székely, co-founder of Progress and creator of the Progress® OpenEdge® application development platform, Progress Software’s Mary Székely Scholarship for Women in STEM is a 4-year renewable scholarship for Massachusetts residents who qualify as Identify and plan to do women Computer Science, Software Engineering, IT and/or Computer Information Systems major.

This year’s awardee, Yiming Fang, is a graduate of the Massachusetts Academy of Math and Science, Worcester, MA, and will be studying computer science and business administration at Carnegie Mellon. A member of the National Honor Society, Yiming excelled academically and was the founder and captain of her school’s first all-girl robotics team during her high school years. She was also part of project teams creating a mobile app for the visually impaired and worked on developing a mobile app to help diabetic patients monitor their blood pressure and glucose levels.

Outside of school, Yiming founded a scratch coding club for third graders and later expanded the club’s scope into a formal non-profit organization – Free Urban Extracurricular Learning (FUEL). In addition, she participated in the VRC Robotics Community Service raising funds for the Malala Fund, mentored an elementary school VEX IQ team, the world’s largest robotics competition, and started a VEX mentoring series for middle school students.

Women in Tech Scholarship Program, Bulgaria The 2022 Expanded Women in Tech Scholarship Program in Bulgaria now includes two new annual scholarships for women in their second, third or fourth year at accredited universities studying Computer Science, Software Engineering, IT and/or Computer Information Systems or related disciplines. This year’s winners are both exemplary students and participants in the European youth exchange program Erasmus+.

Vasilena Krazheva studies computer science at St. Kliment Ohridski University Sofia and is a graduate of Plovdiv High School of Mathematics. She has completed internships at technology companies such as Europweb Group, Bisoft and Orak Engineering. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Vasilena also volunteered with her community to implement Google Suite for Education at Tsar Ivan Assen II Vocational Secondary School to ensure children could continue their education in a remote setting.

Tsvetelina Stefanova studies computer systems and technologies at Angel Kanchev University of Ruse. She is a member of the International Linguistics Olympiad Hall of Fame, winner of the National Student of the Year Award for 2021.

Akanksha Scholarship for Women in STEM, IndiaThe 2022 grantees also include Akhila Karanam, the first Progress Software Akanksha Scholarship for Women in STEM grantee in India. Akhila is a sophomore at Keshav Memorial Institute of Technology, where she is pursuing a degree in Computer Science and Engineering.

The second annual Akanksha Scholarship application process will open later this year and recipients will be announced in early 2023. Please visit the Progress Women in STEM Scholarship Series website for up-to-date information on the application process and schedule.

The Women in STEM Grant SeriesEmployee diversity inspires innovation. To further this ideal, Progress created the Progress Women in STEM scholarship series to increase global representation of those who identify as women in the fields of computer science, software engineering, IT and/or computer information systems. We offer three different grant programs in countries where we have our largest employee presence:

  • The Mary Székely Fellowship for Women in STEM (USA) was established in 2019
  • The Women in Tech Scholarship (Bulgaria) was launched in 2020
  • Akanksha Scholarship for Women in STEM (India) was launched in 2021

The Progress Women in STEM Scholarship Series is part of the Progress for Tomorrow Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) program: Learn more about Progress for Tomorrow on our website or read the company’s 2021 Corporate Social Responsibility Report.

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