BridgeUP STEM Scholars

The BridgeUP STEM Scholars program provides girls, women, and gender non-conforming students who have had minimal or limited access to coding education with an introduction to programming and research methodology. The two-year program commitment consists of a non-credit computer science course, a research internship, a research faculty and undergraduate fellow mentorship, and a support community.

Current Location

View details for BridgeUP STEM at Georgia Tech, including the two-step application process, online.

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Applicants who are enrolled in 9th-11th grade by the program start date and who also meet the eligibility requirements listed below are welcome to apply.


  • Participation is free.
  • Receive a $2,000 stipend over the course of the program.
  • Learn from college computer science research professors.
  • Work alongside undergraduate research fellows, graduate students, and professors on a real world research project.
  • Find a community of peers interested in STEM.
  • Participate in community building and life-skill activities, such as resume writing, preparing college applications, and interviewing skills.
  • Apply for the Award for Aspirations in Computing online.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Are 13 years of age or older at the time of application submission.
  • Identify as a girl, woman, or gender non-conforming individual.
  • Enrolled in 9th, 10th, or 11th grade as of September 1, 2021.
  • Be able to commute to the Georgia Tech campus approximately once or twice per week after school.
  • Have minimal or limited coding experience.
  • Willing to commit to a two-year program.
    • Year 1: Attend Computer Science programming course approximately 120 hours total from mid-October to mid-May on Georgia Tech campus.
    • Year 2: Participate in research internship at Georgia Tech approximately 120 hours total for the entire 2022-2023 school year.
    • Years 1 and 2: Participate in periodic events to connect with Georgia Tech faculty, administrators, and students and engage in workshops to prepare for the college application process.
  • Are a U.S. citizen, permanent resident, or individual who meets the requirements of the substantial presence test.
  • Have a U.S. Tax Identification or Social Security Number.
  • Are not an NCWIT or Georgia Institute of Technology employee and have no immediate family relationship with employees, extended staff, contractors, or board members of NCWIT or Georgia Institute of Technology (including spouses, siblings, children, grandchildren, and persons residing in the same household).
If you are unable to participate in Cohort 1, applications for Cohort 2 will be available in Spring 2022. The programming course will be taught during a five week bootcamp in Summer 2022. Cohort 2 Scholars will join Cohort 1 in the research internship during the 2022-2023 school year as well as participate in community activities.

Additional Rules

Scholars that are selected to participate in the program are required to submit additional paperwork, including tax ID information. Failure by Scholars and/or her parent(s) or guardian(s) to return required paperwork within the allotted time may result in forfeiture of all stipends hereunder. To the extent required by law, NCWIT will report the value of the stipend to the IRS on Form 1099. NCWIT may require additional hard-copy, notarized paperwork, at its discretion. Applications are reviewed by representatives from Georgia Tech, University of Colorado Boulder, and NCWIT. Selection of the Scholars is made by NCWIT and Georgia Tech representatives at their sole discretion.
Funding for the BridgeUP STEM program is provided by a generous grant from the Helen Gurley Brown Foundation to the National Center for Women & Information Technology.
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