The inaugural Endace Women in Technology Scholarship has been awarded to two University of Waikato students: software engineering student Abbie Reid and computer science student Emily McCullagh.
This academic-based scholarship, established by tech company Endace in 2022, is part of ongoing efforts to encourage women in the tech industry, with recipients chosen based on their outstanding grades and commitment to supporting future generations of women in technology.
“Endace recognises the need to help empower under-represented groups through education, we are proud to be working with Waikato University to help these talented young women to succeed” says Endace CEO, Stuart Wilson.
Abbie, who in her third year of a Bachelor of Engineering (Hons), has always been interested in coding and software. She eagerly embraced the role of lab assistant to foster an inclusive environment and expresses gratitude for the scholarship's potential, saying, “Support like this will go a long way to encouraging more women in technology.”
Emily, who is her third year of a Bachelor of Computer Science, previously worked in administration, supporting departments like Finance, Marketing, and Retail. Her fascination with systems and problem-solving led her to choose to study at Waikato. As a lab demonstrator, she is passionate about supporting women in technology, mentoring younger students, and showcasing their potential. Emily expresses gratitude to Endace for their support: "Scholarships like this help financially but it also helps encourage students to stick out their degrees.”
Stephen Donnelly, Endace CTO was very impressed with the number and high calibre of all the applicants for this scholarship. “Abbie and Emily especially stood out with both their academic excellence and their dedication to furthering Women in Technology."
As part of the scholarship, Abbie and Emily have the opportunity to secure a work placement with Endace.