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Center for Women in Technology Scholars Application

Thank you for your interest in the Center for Women in Technology (CWIT) Scholars Program. In addition to the information you supplied on the UMBC Common Application, you will need to complete the CWIT application to be considered as a candidate for the program. When completing the application you will not have the option to save and return at a later time. You will need to complete and submit your application in one sitting. The application and all supplemental materials must be received by January 15, 2016.

Please refer to the information below in preparation for completing the CWIT Scholars application.

UMBC Campus ID

The CWIT application will require that you have your UMBC Campus ID. Your Campus ID will be sent beginning in late October approximately five to seven business days after you have submitted your Common Application to UMBC. We strongly encourage you to complete your undergraduate admissions package before November 1. This includes submission of your Common Application, high school transcript, and standardized test score results.

Short Answers

You should prepare short essay answers of 300 words or less. The application will allow you to cut and paste your answers from your word processing software into the form. The questions you will need to answer are:

  • What are your educational and career goals?
  • Discuss any extracurricular or community service activities that have been particularly meaningful to you.
  • How have you been a leader in the past, and how would you continue being a leader at UMBC and within CWIT?
  • Describe your experiences and/or interests related to computing, engineering, or related areas.
  • The CWIT mission is to encourage the participation and leadership of women in computing and engineering. How could you help us achieve this mission?
  • Why are you interested in becoming a CWIT Scholar?
  • How did you hear about the CWIT Scholars Program?

Additional Documents

You are also free to submit any relevant documents that you believe strengthen your application. These documents can be submitted as attachments to the application. The documents must be either in an Adobe PDF format or a Microsoft Word document.


Your CWIT Scholars application will require two letters of recommendation addressing your suitability for this program. Applicants are able to use their general UMBC recommendation letters to apply for the CWIT Scholars Program, however preference will be given to applicants who submit two additional letters. These two additional letters should address your commitment to engineering, computing, or a related field and your interest in contributing to the CWIT mission. These two recommendations should be from a science or technology teacher and someone else familiar with your academic work and leadership qualities.

You have the option to upload and attach an electronic version of your recommendation letters (jpeg, pdf, doc) using the online application or you may provide each recommender with this cover sheet. In lieu of the online recommendation upload, the Recommendation Form should be completed and sent along with the letter of recommendation by mail or via our contact form. Please allow your recommenders enough time to complete and submit the letters before the January 15th deadline.

Honors College

You may also use this application to apply for the UMBC Honors College. Admission decisions for the Honors College are determined by a separate committee. For consideration, applicants should have a minimum high school grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.00 scale in a strong college preparatory curriculum that includes honors, Advancement Placement or International Baccalaureate coursework.

If interested in pursuing this option, please complete a 600 word essay answering one of the six previous CWIT short answer questions and submit it as an additional document.