An Arizona technology firm is committing $1 million in scholarships to help 100 women pursue careers in information technology during the next decade.
Steve Leavitt, founder and CEO of vCore Technology Partners in Scottsdale, said his company expects to hire a number of the Women in Technology scholarship recipients to increase his company’s diversity.
“Like everyone else in technology, we’re challenged with creating a diverse workforce,” said Leavitt, whose company has regularly given back to the community in its Force for Good program. “There aren’t a lot of women in the candidate pool. That’s a huge hindrance when you want to hire the best and the brightest. We feel like we can do our small part to inspire change in the business.”
VCore is an IT solutions and services provider with offices in seven states and Canada. The 110-employee company, which has 62 people in Scottsdale, counts women as 12 percent of its staff.
Leavitt is hoping the scholarship will inspire other local companies to commit to the same.
“A few clients and tech partners have asked what they can do to help,” he said. “We’re figuring out how we can include others to expand the funding pool. If bigger companies did something like this, it would make a big difference. We don’t care where the change comes from, as long as the change comes.”
Ashley Bruner, a 17-year-old graduate from Xavier College Preparatory, is the scholarship’s first recipient. Bruner will attend Barrett Honors College at Arizona State University in the fall and plans to major in computer systems engineering with an emphasis in information assurance.