Hacking for Women- Scholarship Fund

$10,726 of $25,000 goal

Raised by 25 people in 74 months
There's a problem with women in tech: there aren't many.
And for many women looking to make an entrance in the world of software development it may seem like a daunting path filled with many challenges.
With all the negative press about misogyny, sexism and gender discrimination I've realized that we need to utilize the innovative spirit of the world of technology to solve this problem. And we are the solution.

I'm a 24 year old female from a low-income background making the career change and by my 25th birthday I will be a software developer. And I want to fix the girl-to-dave ratio by donating 10% of my first year's salary to help fund tuition for a coding intensive program for another woman like me. The catch? She will be required to do the same. And so on and so forth.
And I need your help.

Fund me so I can fund it forward and together we can change the industry one woman at a time.
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Be the solution to the gender gap in tech. Fund Project W.i.T.

Have you ever had the feeling that you were supposed to be doing something? Not like you forgot to pick up the kids from school... some entirely different purpose for your life, but you just didn't know what it was yet?

I spent the last 10 years feeling like that. I'd ask strangers what they wanted to be when they grew up, what their hopes and dreams were, hoping that one day among a sea of other people's passions I would find mine.

The first program I ever wrote changed me. Something clicked and suddenly a world of opportunity I had never even considered opened up. I stopped asking other people what I should do with my life and started teaching myself coding.

My mother taught me from a young age that if I wanted something enough there would be a way to make it happen. Being from a large low-income family, getting what I wanted did not come often and certainly not without serious effort. I made college a reality for me despite having no way to pay for it because I wanted it so badly. I worked part time in high-school to pay for applications and sometimes two or three jobs during school to support myself and my ex-boyfriend. On my graduation day I finally silenced all those nagging voices telling me I couldn't do it.

It's a beautiful thing to find where you belong and I know there's a way to make this journey a possibility for me. Without a savings, a cosigner or credit, a lack of available scholarship and government aid, I still know what my mom taught me so long ago is still true. There's got to be a way.

Next time you're in line to get that grande pumpkin-spiced latte consider saving yourself those calories and donating to make someone's dream come true. Skipping your first cup of coffee could change not only my life, but together we can pave the way for others to find their passion.

With your help, I'll be able to launch Project Women in Tech (W.i.T.)- a fund-it-forward scholarship program to enable those who identify as women to be the solution to the gender gap in technology.
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Here's what you get for your wonderful donation! More memes coming soon!!
Meme-ory -Mike D
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Built my first web-server named "YourMom"! I've also decided that once I raise the funds needed to pay for school, I will donate 10% of my first year's salary to start a scholarship fund-it-forward project to enable more women like me to make the career transition.

I've been so moved by all my wonderful supporters during this journey and I can't wait to help other women actualize their dreams with your help.

I'll be posting more information as the story develops so if you'd like to see the work in progress along the way feel free to check out my website www.codeshannon.com

Also exciting, I learned how to accept bitcoin for donations as well! Hackbright, here I come!
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$10,726 of $25,000 goal

Raised by 25 people in 74 months
Created June 20, 2013
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Michelle Pinto
64 months ago

Hi Shannon, I am like you, a young woman trying to get into the tech field. I am applying for the Hackbright program this summer and came across your page on their blog. I hope you realize your goal and encourage more women to pay it forward! Good luck!

Morgan Polotan
66 months ago

Your story is inspiring and I love the Fund-It-Forward scholarship. I'm going to share your profile with my followers. Good luck!

Marc Haumann
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Daniela Sirkin
67 months ago (Offline Donation)

"I'm betting on you." http://bit.ly/1gIlokp

Chris McCarthy
67 months ago

I'm happy to join Amber in supporting you. Go Shannon! Good luck with your new career!

Mitzirubi Martinez
67 months ago

This is honestly great! I myself am very interested in Hackbright Academy and am considering applying for their next cohort (Summer 2014). I am right there with you in regards to being able to fund myself if/when I do apply/if I get in, yet I know its a life long investment, and its something I really want and know its worth it! Nonetheless, its great to see that people like you are willing to support others goals and making attending these programs achievable! People can definitely surprise us! Hope you reach your goal! Who knows, if I do decide to apply and have the opportunity to get in, I maybe the next person helping someone else out! -Rubi

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