Capella University and global analytics leader SAS are proud to announce the winners of the first-ever Capella Women in Analytics Scholarships.
Created to encourage more women to enter and rise in the in-demand analytics and big data field, the awards provide two women with full scholarships for Capella’s Bachelor of Science in Information Technology, Data Analytics program and two women with full scholarships for Capella’s Master of Science in Analytics program.
SAS also offers mentoring and networking opportunities for the scholarship recipients, including the opportunity to attend the upcoming Analytics Experience 2016 in Las Vegas and to visit SAS corporate headquarters in Cary, NC, where they will network with other analytics professionals, such as the SAS Women’s Initiatives Network (WIN). WIN is a group of more than 600 female SAS employees who foster leadership and professional excellence at SAS and reach into communities to encourage women to pursue STEM-related careers.
These scholarships will help recipients Tammy Barber, Molly Smith, Julianne Lewis, and Chante’ Moy achieve their career goals—and may help them open doors for other women as well.
Bachelor of Science in Information Technology, Data Analytics Scholarship Winners
Tammy Barber has spent the past 12 years collecting data and running reports for her employer, so she is keenly aware of the importance of good data and detailed analytics. She developed a passion for this type of work over the years but knew she needed to complete a bachelor’s degree to further her career. Being able to pursue that degree without financial constraints means she can focus on the outcomes of earning her degree.
“My career goals are divided into several different steps, some short-term and some long-term,” Barber says. “My initial goal is to earn a bachelor’s degree to make myself more marketable for professional positions. The next step is to apply that degree to become a data analyst and gain the experience needed to be top in my field.” A master’s degree may be in her future as well.
Molly Smith grew up in a small town where the only career options for women were teaching, nursing, or manual labor at a power plant. Technology always fascinated her, and she found work in positions that gave her a bit of tech experience and introduced her to data analytics. She wanted to pursue her bachelor’s degree, but trying to manage the two jobs she’d need to pay for it while going to school was daunting.
“I’ve always been interested in tech,” Smith says. “It’s my passion. But it upsets me that the field is dominated by men. I want to be a successful woman in this field. This scholarship and this degree will open doors for me. Someday I hope to get a master’s degree, which is unheard of in my family.”
Master of Science in Analytics Scholarship Winners
Julianne Lewis grew up homeless. At an early age, she understood the value of education and how it could improve her life. As an undergraduate, she earned two bachelor’s degrees in Social Relations and Psychology with a minor in Mathematics. While working on those degrees, she realized she had a strong interest in statistics and data analysis. She’s on track to receive a master’s in Educational Psychology from Capella in September 2016, and in October will begin a master’s in Analytics with her scholarship.
Lewis views the scholarship as not only enabling her to continue her education but to help other women succeed as she has done. “The scholarship will free up some of my time to go back to my undergraduate alma mater [Cheyney University] and mentor other young women in the field of analytics,” she says. “I want to develop outreach programs for women who are unsure about this career path, to encourage them to jump in.”
Chante’ Moy has a successful career working with data in the health care field, but she wants to expand her opportunities in ways that require an advanced degree. “My goal is to oversee all medically-oriented data analysis by becoming the director of Enterprise Medical Informatics,” she says. “I believe that I can create initiatives to help develop new paradigms in the health insurance industry.”
Moy sees this scholarship as a validation of her goals. “I can continue learning without the distractions of financial hardship,” she explains. “I want to be the top performer in my line of work, and higher education is an important step for my career. Winning the scholarship is not just a milestone marking what I can accomplish, but it also encourages my sisters, co-workers, friends, and a small group of girls I mentor.”
Capella University congratulates these extraordinary women on their pioneering achievements and exemplary dedication to the field of analytics.
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