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Middlebury Student Wins Google ‘Women Techmakers’ Scholarship

October 3, 2017

Melanie Pascual ’19 (front row, fifth from left), who won a Women's Techmaker scholarship, attended a gathering of Google scholars this summer at the company's headquarters in Mountain View, California.

    MIDDLEBURY, Vt. – Google recognized the achievement and potential of Middlebury junior Melanie Pascual by designating her a Women Techmakers Scholar. The competitive program aimed at female computer science majors includes an academic scholarship, a retreat at Google’s Mountain View, California headquarters, and an online network of fellow scholars designed to share resources and provide support for women in tech. 

    A San Lorenzo Bay, California, native, Pascual has advocated for increasing diversity in underrepresented groups in technology since high school. During her first year at Middlebury, she founded a group called MIDDSTEAM, which as a computer science program aimed at middle school girls. She is also active in the Middlebury Women in Computer Science club.

    The Google scholarship will also fund Pascual’s trip to the upcoming Grace Hopper Celebration in Orlando, Florida, the world’s largest gathering of women technologists. Pascual is double majoring in computer science and psychology with a minor in education studies.