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BYU student wins $10,000 Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship

Brigham Young University student Moriah McClanahan is one of 10 winners of the $10,000 Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship for 2005-2006.

"It's really an honor to win this scholarship. Anita Borg was an amazing woman who really had an impact on the difference women can make in the technology field," said McClanahan, a junior from Bowling Green, Ohio, majoring in computer science.

The scholarship was established to honor the legacy of Anita Borg and her efforts to encourage women to pursue careers in computer science and technology.

The Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology and Google Inc. received 115 applications from students at 80 universities across the country.

The selection process included academic performance, letters of recommendation, answers to essay questions and interviews with members of the review committee.

Borg, who lost her battle with cancer in April 2003, sought to revolutionize the way society thinks about technology and devoted much of her adult life to dismantling barriers that keep women and minorities from entering computing and technology fields.

In 1994 she co-founded the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing Conference to bring the research and career interests of women in computing to the forefront.

Borg founded the Institute for Women and Technology to further increase women's impact on technology and the positive impact of technology on women in 1977.

For more information on the scholarship, contact Eric Mason at the Anita Borg Institute, 650-236-4079, emason@anitaborg.org.

Writer: James McCoy

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