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
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, 2013. This includes submission of your Common Application, high school transcript, and standardized test score results.
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?
- Describe your experiences and/or interests related to information technology, engineering, or related areas.
- Identify some issues important to CWIT's mission to encourage the participation and leadership of women in information technology and engineering.
- Why are you interested in becoming a CWIT Scholar?
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.
You will be required to submit two letters of recommendation addressing your suitability for this program. The letters should speak to your commitment to engineering, information technology, or a related field and your effectiveness at mentoring middle school girls. Recommendations should be from a science or technology teacher and one from someone familiar with your academic work and leadership qualities.
Please provide each recommender with this cover sheet. It should be completed and sent along with the letter of recommendation. Please allow these individuals with enough time to complete and submit the letters before the January 15th deadline.
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 check off the appropriate box within the application and complete a 600 word essay on one of the topics listed below and submit it as an additional document.
- Describe a work of art (a movie, a novel or poem, a piece of art or music) that had a profound effect on you, and explain why it had this effect.
- Many of the problems of the 21st century will require interdisciplinary solutions. That is, to solve these problems it will be necessary to integrate knowledge and ways of thinking from different fields, such as from biology and public policy or automotive engineering and ergonomics, literature and neuroscience. The Honors College tries to foster such interdisciplinary thinking. Discuss a problem you have studied or know about that needs an interdisciplinary solution.