According to UNESCO, women account for just 35% of students enrolled in higher-education STEM subjects, worldwide. Additionally, women constitute only 3% of graduates in ICT, 5% in natural science, mathematics, and statistics, and 8% in engineering, manufacturing, and construction. With the Women in STEM Scholarship, Plaksha aims to bridge the gender gap in the field to enable equal participation of women in the STEM workforce across industries, research, and entrepreneurship.
Plaksha believes that offering scholarships to deserving women students will have a positive impact on retention and their success rate as well as, and it will inspire future generations of women to pursue careers in STEM. Women candidates selected for this prestigious scholarship will receive financial support and will also have the opportunity to participate in a transformational experience that will assist them in growing academically and professionally. Mentoring support, capstone projects for real world experiences, and peer learning will collectively add to the financial aid offered. This will ensure that, upon graduation, these women succeed in the chosen STEM and allied fields.