The First-Ever Virtual Leading Light Awards and Scholarship Gala (LLAs) was held on October 1, 2020. Read our recap of this event, including the list of 2020's award and scholarship recipients.
Photographs during the 2020 LLAs were captured by Faith Blackwell, owner of Faith Blackwell Photography.
See photos of the award recipients
See photos from behind-the-scenes of this virtual event
With special support from our Partners and Friends in the Indiana STEM community, we're pleased to announce that Women & Hi Tech has exceeded the $20,000 goal set for our #LLA20for20 campaign, and will be awarding over $50,000 in scholarships and grants to women and girls pursuing STEM Fields in Indiana!
At least the following Women & Hi Tech Scholarships/Grants will be awarded:
Additionally, the following Women & Hi Tech Partner Scholarships will be awarded:
(1) $10,000 Western Governors University (WGU) Scholarship will be awarded to the top undergraduate, pursuing a second undergraduate degree or graduate female STEM student that is accepted/applying to WGU as determined by the selection committee. This scholarship will be distributed by WGU in $2500 increments per term, and is renewable for up to 4 terms at WGU for a total of $10,000 in academic funding.
(2) $2,500 Ivy Tech Community College scholarships will be awarded to the overall top two female students pursuing STEM degrees at Ivy Tech Community College as determined by the selection committee.
(1) $2,500 Bell Techlogix scholarship will be awarded to the overall top female high school senior pursuing a STEM degree as determined by the selection committee.
Women & Hi Tech has several sponsorship opportunities, including becoming a corporate, collegiate, or non-profit sponsor of the organization. Alternatively or additionally, there are multiple opportunities to support a portion of the 2020 Leading Light Awards and Scholarship Gala event, as a Signature, Table, Candy, Bar, or Scholarship sponsor. With an expected attendance of over 700 guests, the 2020 LLAs is an outstanding opportunity for your organization to gain, maintain, and/or enhance brand recognition as an Indiana STEM trailblazer, to meet and/or connect with Indiana’s other leading STEM companies, organizations, and professionals, and to celebrate and inspire your employees, clients, or customers. Click HERE to review the 2020 Leading Light Awards sponsorship opportunities. For information or questions about LLA corporate or event sponsorships, please contact our Corporate Engagement Director, Joy Neely, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A Note to LLA Award and Scholarship/Grant Applicants, Nominees, and Sponsors: All awards, scholarships, and grants related to LLA will be awarded to recipients on October 1, 2020 during the first-ever Virtual LLA and Scholarship Gala. Scholarship/grant funds will be electronically or physically distributed to recipients in October, 2020 or thereabouts.
A Note to LLA Event Sponsors: Monetary LLA event sponsorships will not be refunded due to these pandemic related circumstances. However, any remaining LLA event sponsorship funds will be utilized to support women and girls in STEM via Women & Hi Tech’s annual flagship programs and events, such as its quarterly Executive Women’s Forums (EWFs), Passport to Hi-Tech, Ignite Your Superpower! (IYS), OperationALLTM, Spring and Holiday Networking events, Fall Retreat, and others as well as Women & Hi Tech's scholarship fund. We appreciate your continued support and understanding in this regard.
Our primary concern is to protect the health and safety of our membership, their families, and our local, statewide, national, and international community of human citizens during this challenging time. Our hearts go out to all those directly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, their friends, and family, along with all of those who are indirectly being affected or whose jobs, schools, and/or lives have been interrupted or disrupted. During these tumultuous times for the global business and STEM community and for each of us as well, we appreciate your continued support of Women & Hi Tech and our mission “to change the landscape of women represented in STEM to be equally inclusive to all.”
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