Progress, the leading provider of application development and digital experience technologies, announced that it has established a Women in Technology Fund of USD 12,000 annually at the American University in Bulgaria (AUBG). The fund will be allocated for scholarships for women majoring in Computer Science, Information Systems and Mathematics. The initiative is part of Progress’ global inclusion and diversity strategy, Progress for Tomorrow, supporting the diversity of talent in business and attracting more women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
“Although Bulgaria is one of the leading countries in Europe in terms of women in IT, we are still far from achieving a balance,” said Maria Atanasova, Human Capital Director for EMEA and part of the Progress leadership team in Bulgaria. “To be successful, companies need diverse talent – people from different backgrounds, with different points of view and skillsets. With the launch of the Women in Technology Fund and our partnership with AUBG, we aim to contribute to the expansion of this talent pool by motivating more young women to choose a career in IT. “
The Progress scholarship fund is open to second-, third- and fourth-year female students at AUBG with outstanding academic achievements and extracurricular activities in the fields of technology, math, and programming. The fund is a continuation of the stand-alone women in tech scholarships which Progress launched in 2019 at AUBG. Diana Radkova, a third-year student majoring in Computer Science, is one of the first recipients.
“The Progress scholarship has shown me that the IT industry values women’s talent and there is a place for me in it,” Diana said. “The opportunity that Progress has given me is close to a dream come true. Thanks to it, I can now fully dedicate myself to developing my skills and planning my future career development.”
Progress’s partnership with AUBG dates back to 2013. Since then, the company has invested nearly USD 100,000 in scholarships, which have benefited 24 students.
For more information about the Women in Tech Scholarship Fund, visit AUBG’s website.