KINBER Diversity Scholarship

KINBER Diversity Scholarship   
Promoting IT Diversity Through KINBERCON 2017 Attendance

KINBER is pleased to announce the 2017 Diversity Scholarship. The Diversity Scholarship initiative is aimed at broadening participation in the field of advanced networking technology to encourage diverse and new attendance at KINBERCON 2017, the organization’s annual conference.

KINBER is offering up to six diversity scholarships for participation in KINBERCON 2017, taking place April 3-5 in Pittsburgh, PA. Each scholarship includes participation in one technical workshop on Wednesday, April 5, and admission to the full conference program, including all meals and receptions on Tuesday, April 4.

The KINBERCON annual conference provides a valuable opportunity for participants to exchange information on best practices for the advancement of research and education networks and applications. The conference also provides a unique opportunity for mentorship and networking with statewide and national leadership in the areas of IT infrastructure, services, research and education.

Applications for the scholarship are encouraged from women and minority applicants as well as from individuals who have never previously attended a KINBER annual conference.

As Pennsylvania’s statewide research, education, and community networking organization KINBER is committed to fostering diversity in future IT leaders for the advancement of the next generation of advanced networking technology leadership in Pennsylvania.

KINBER Diversity Scholarship Application Guidelines

Deadline:
Scholarship applications for the KINBERCON 2017 annual conference will be accepted through Friday March 3, 2017 (EXTENDED). Applications should be sent to Jennifer Oxenford, Director of Community Engagement at joxenford@kinber.org with the subject line “KINBER Diversity Scholarship.” Applications will be reviewed by the KINBER Diversity Scholarship Committee comprised of representatives from the KINBER staff, board, and member community. Scholarship awardees will be notified at least 14 days prior to the annual conference. Any applications received after the deadline will be considered only if funding remains available after evaluating the applications received by the due date.

Scholarship Review Criteria:
Scholarships will be awarded based on application merit. Priority will be given to applications from diverse and/or underrepresented populations. Priority will be given to applicants from an education or non-profit organization. Applicants who have never attended a KINBER annual conference previously are strongly encouraged to submit.

Contents of Application:
Biography: A brief description of the applicant, including name, title, organization affiliation, address, and contact information.
Application: A brief letter describing the applicant’s interest in attending KINBERCON and why the applicant feels the experience would be beneficial to his/her professional path.
Indication of Management Support: The application should also include an indication that the applicant’s manager supports the applicant’s request to attend the conference and technical training.
Restrictions: Scholarships are available to members of the KINBER community in Pennsylvania with strong preference for applications from the non-profit, educational community. For-profit applications are permitted but are asked to include a more detailed description of why the scholarship assistance is being requested.
Conditions of Scholarship: Scholarship awardees are expected to attend the conference and technical workshop and to prepare a brief (no more than one page) report highlighting any particular discussions or sessions attended of most interest/benefit that may apply to current roles and responsibilities. Conference reports should be submitted within 30 days of attending the annual KINBER Conference and should be sent to joxenford@kinber.org.