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Google Anita Borg Scholarship Winners Essays

“Let me Google that.”

We’ve all said that many times. After all, Google is synonymous with finding information and gaining knowledge. And an even better way to do that is to pursue an education.

Google offers many scholarships to students to further encourage learning. The company is looking for future leaders in the fields of computer science, computer engineering, and technology. A Google scholarship would grant you tuition money and access to an educational and professional community.

Learn all about the best Google scholarships for aspiring computer scientists and find out how you can apply.

The Generation Google Scholarship

The Generation Google Scholarship is for students of computer science, engineering, or a related technical field. Selected students win $10,000 for tuition and other college costs.

To be eligible, you must be African American, Hispanic, American Indian, Filipino, Hawaiian, or a Pacific Islander. You must also be enrolled as an undergraduate or graduate student.

Successful applicants should have a passion for computer science and technology. To apply for the Generation Google Scholarship, you’ll need to send your transcript, two references, and four essays.

Women Techmakers Scholars Program

The Women Techmakers Scholars Program, inspired by influential computer scientist Dr. Anita Borg, is a scholarship for women in tech.

This scholarship encourages gender equality in computer science, offering female students $10,000 for tuition and college expenses. The scholarship also offers a summer retreat, professional development, and outreach opportunities.

Winners of this scholarship for women join a global community of women in tech.

Google SVA Scholarship

Google partners with the Student Veterans of America organization for this scholarship to help student veterans.

To be eligible for this $10,000 scholarship, you must be a student veteran or student on active duty. You must be either enrolled or about to enter college or graduate school.

To apply, you’ll respond to three essay questions and submit two letters of reference.

The Google Lime Scholarship

Google partners with non-profit organization Lime Connect for the Google Lime Scholarship. This scholarship helps support students with disabilities as they pursue study in the field of computer science.

The Google Lime Scholarship awards $10,000 for tuition and other educational expenses.

To apply, you must be planning to pursue or already studying for a degree in computer science. You must also show leadership and passion for computer science and technology.

Google Europe Scholarship for Students with Disabilities

The Google Europe Scholarship awards €7,000 (about $7,400) to students with disabilities studying computer science in Europe.

Google partners with the nonprofit, EmployAbility, to bring students this scholarship. They look for students with leadership skills, a strong academic record, and a passion for computer science and technology.

You must currently be enrolled at a university in Europe to apply.

Venkat Panchapakesan Memorial Scholarship

The Venkat Panchapakesan Memorial Scholarship honors Venkat Panchapakesan. Panchapakesan was an engineer who taught generosity, optimism, and always looked the best in people.

Google invites applicants who are optimistic about making the world a more sustainable place. They want people who view challenges as opportunities for innovation.

To be eligible for this scholarship, students must be enrolled in college or graduate school in India. Besides essays and references, applicants need to create and upload a video on YouTube. Winners of the scholarship will receive $750 and a visit to YouTube’s headquarters in San Bruno, Calif.

How to win Google scholarships for college

If you’re a student of computer science and technology, then you might be eligible to win one of these Google scholarships.

To put your best foot forward, make sure to communicate your passion for computer science. Show that you’re committed to your studies and aspire to use technology to make the world a better place.

Where else can you find scholarship money for college? Check out this guide for eight full ride scholarships that completely cover the cost of tuition.

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Google Women Techmakers Scholarship — Interview and Beyond

This is a continuation of my previous medium story, Google Women Techmakers Scholarship Program. If you haven’t read that here is the link.

Google Women Techmakers Scholarship Program (a.k.a Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship)
Last week Sri Lankan Women Techmakers with the collaboration of Anita Borg Memorial Scholars from Sri Lanka opened…

After submitting your essay answers, application, CV and recommendations (if needed) Google Women Techmakers Scholarship Committee decides on a set of worthy candidates for the scholarship. Curious about who judges the scholarship? Read the answer to the following question by a Googler.

Who judges the Google Anita Borg Scholarships?
Answer: A group of Googlers volunteer to serve in the Anita Borg scholarship committees. They get sharded (partitioned…

After they select these candidates, they will let the candidates know that they are shortlisted for the interview round. The candidates and the scholarship committee can decide on a mutual agreeable time for the interview. This will be a very short interview of 20–30 minutes, following a conversational style.

Interview Preparation

Don’t panic. Congratulate your self on a job well done. You are better than the most of the applicants. But a little bit of preparation won’t hurt. Here is my top three tips for the interview preparation.

  1. Prepare a short introduction about yourself. Usually, in every interview, be it a job interview or another, this acts as an ice breaker between you and your interviewer. This is also your chance to make a good first impression.
  2. Know your CV and essay answers inside out. You should be prepared to answer any question about what you have included in your CV or essay answers. Specially about the technical and extra curricular projects you claimed that you did. If the project is technical, you have to be prepared for the questions like what are the technologies used, why you use a specific technology over another, what are the challenges you faced, how did you overcame these challenges, what have you done better, what went wrong, if you are doing it again, what will you change, etc. If the project is non technical/outreach, the questions will be in the same format except for the technology part. But there can be questions linking your project to technology, like how can technology help you in your initiative, etc.
  3. Prepare for general behavioral questions. They might give you a scenario and ask how you act to achieve a certain goal. Questions like what are the challenges you faced while studying or leading a group of people, how to lead a group of diverse people, how do you encourage women to pursue technology, etc. These will check your leadership skills, passion for tech and passion for improve women in tech.

At the end of the interview, you will be given a chance to ask questions from your interviewer. Your interviewer might not always be a technical person. So prepare few questions that you hope to ask from Google. If you have no questions, do some research on the new initiatives the Google office which is holding the interview and ask about them. This will show that you are up-to-date with what is happening around you and have an interest in Google.

Here are some more general interview tips for preparation.

  1. Be confident.
  2. Try to answer the questions with your own examples if possible.
  3. If they as ask a yes/no question, do not stop your answer at simple yes or no. Give your rationale behind your choice.
  4. Do not be silent if you cannot think of an answer. Let the interviewer know your thought process. He/she might interfere and change the cause if you are wandering off the question.
  5. Show your passion and enthusiasm.
  6. Be yourself

I am done with the interview, what’s next?

Wait for Google to inform about their decision. If your are selected, they will call you and follow up with an email with the instructions on how to proceed.

The next step would be the retreat. You will be invited to an retreat at one of the Google regional offices where you get the chance to meet the fellow scholars and Googlers.

What about the monetary award?

The scholarship amount is decided on the country you study in and it’s living + educational expenses. After the retreat Google will start the process of transferring the money in to your accounts.

Is that all?

Nope. After the retreat you will be introduced to a global community of past scholars from around the world. You can connect with them, listen to their stories, share your story with them, get to know about the awesome initiatives they are doing, and get help and feedback about the initiatives you plan to do.