ITWomen created its Virtual Role Model Mentoring Program in 2013 for ITWomen scholarship awardees currently enrolled and attending colleges throughout the U.S. The students are paired one-to-one with a female mentor who is a professional employed in Information Technology or Engineering with a minimum of 5 years’ work experience.
The Virtual Mentor program complements our Scholarship program by ensuring that our college scholarship awardees get the invaluable support of a another career woman throughout their college journey to their IT or Engineering degree.
Dear ITWomen members and community supporters,
I invite you to become a Virtual Mentor.
There is a need for mentors from the Technology and Engineering sectors who will be paired with ITWomen scholarship recipients, all of whom are high-potential, ambitious young women.
Virtual Mentors are paired with one Mentee and the goal is to maintain the relationship for the duration of the student's four years while in University.
My Mentee, Rachel Hill, graduated from university, got married and is now working at Lockheed Martin. Our match was truly by chance and guided by a great matching process. Rachel and I communicated via email, texting and phone calls. We discuss everything from school, family, challenges, internships, nothing is off limits. We developed an engaging relationship of trust and growth and I keep in touch and try to see her when I am in Orlando.
Here is what she wrote about the value of our mentoring relationship:
"...I find it remarkable how one action could change your entire life. This ITWomen scholarship is one of my greatest accomplishments so far. Through the scholarship I met Margaret, one of the best mentors I know. I also found something that I have been searching long and hard for”.
You can find the Virtual Mentor Profile application below for your convenience.
We can all help Mentees realize their college and career ambitions and this is incredibly rewarding.
Please consider being a part of the ITWomen Virtual Mentoring Program and helping the next generation of students succeed.
I personally encourage you to become a mentor. There are many young ladies who need someone in their life to help them succeed.
YOU CAN BE THAT MENTOR!
ITWomen Board, Virtual Mentor Chair