The Connect Future Leaders in Technology (FLIT) is a non-profit organization dedicated to fostering and supporting the next generation of IT leaders.
Established in 2010, Connect FLIT is a separate US 501 (c)(3) corporation supported by the generous donations of the Connect community. All donations go directly to scholarship awards for current students pursuing undergraduate degrees in STEM disciplines.
Applications are accepted from around the world, and winners are chosen by a committee based upon criteria established by the FLIT Board of Directors, including: GPA, standardized test scores, letters of recommendation, and a compelling essay about future goals. The competition for this award is intense; more than 30 extremely qualified and talented students applied for the scholarship in 2021.
To apply to the Future Leaders in Technology scholarship fund, visit us online at www.connect-community.org/philanthropy
The Connect FLIT Scholarship fund is funded by generous donations from the Connect Worldwide member community. You can make a donation to the FLIT scholarship fund here.
The University of Texas at Austin
Raquel is working toward a BS in Computer Science at the University of Texas at Austin. She is an active member of Women in Computer Science, STRONG, and the Hispanic Association of Computer Scientists.
The University of Texas at Austin
Sonya is working toward her Computer Science degree at the University of Texas at Austin. While completing her studies, she has interned at Vectra AI, Renzoe Box, HashiCorp, and is an Undergraduate Research Assistant for Energy Analytics at the University of Texas.
Dylan is currently working toward a BS in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at The University of California at Berkeley. He is currently the CEO and Founder of Electrasound Modular.
Morgantown, West Virginia
Penn State University, Computer Science
While working toward her Computer Science degree at Penn State, Caroline interned at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in 2016 and 2017. In 2018, she was an undergraduate researcher at the Human-Computer Interaction Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. She is currently a Software Engineer Intern at Microsoft.
University of Maryland College Park, Computer Science
Afe is a senior at the University of Maryland double-majoring in Computer Science and Studio Art. She was the recipient of the University of Maryland College Park Honor Roll in Computer Science. She is currently in the Technology Internship Program at Capital One.
University of Nebraska-Lincoln, ‘20
Brooke is currently working as a Software Engineer at Cisco in Lincoln, Nebraska. Brooke’s favorite college memory is the 2019 Senior Design Showcase, where she was able to demonstrate augmented reality (AR) Android app her team had worked on all year. The app allows users to measure lines, areas, and pitches (angles) of objects and surfacing with nothing more than the phone’s camera and internal sensors. Brooke’s family came to see her at the showcase, and she was excited to show off her work to them.
The University of North Carolina at Charlotte, ‘20
In 2017, while studying at UNC Charlotte, Natalie was awarded a “Recognition of Leadership” by the National Center for Women in Information Technology and was the Regional winner of the NCWIT Aspirations in Computing Award. Natalie is currently working as an Engineering Analyst at Wells Fargo.
Iowa State University, ‘19
Ann was the winner of “Most Ethical Hack and Most Innovative Hack“ in 2019, and received second place in a CS-GSO Hackathon with her submission “Long May You Run,” an application that creates routes that help avert users from heavy crime areas to a safer route.
Ann is currently working as a Software Engineer at Apple.
Virginia Commonwealth University, ‘20
Erwin captained the 3rd place scoring team at the North Eastern Regional Collegiate Penetration Testing Competition with the VCU Cybersecurity Club at Virginia Commonwealth University in 2019. Teams work to detect, triage and mitigate critical security vulnerabilities to improve the security position of a fictitious company. This exercise is similar to real-world penetration testing conducted by organizations around the world.
West Chester University, ‘18
Paden is currently working as Shadowbase Marketing Specialist at Gravic, Inc., and was awarded the “Gravic Business Builder Award” in 2019.
Harvard University, ‘17
Marcus is currently working as a Teaching Fellow at Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Northeastern University, ‘17
After completing his BS and MS in Electrical and Computer Engineering at Northeastern University, Neel went to work as a SoC Security Architect at Intel Corporation securing architecture/standards for Intel’s current and next generation products. Neel has authored many publications and presented at national conferences, and is the owner of six patents.
University of Wisconsin- Madison, ‘15
Business Information and Operations Technology Management
Joshua currently works as a Senior DevOps Architect at GitHub in Madison, Wisconsin. He holds a Microsoft Certification in Azure Fundamentals and a Profession SCRUM Developer 1 certification.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, ‘16
B.S., Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Mathematics
MEng, Computer Science and Electrical Engineering
Bianca earned a Masters of Engineering degree in the Distributed Robotics Lab at MIT CSAIL. She also holds a BS from MIT in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, and Mathematics. After graduation in January 2016, she joined Google Robotics as a software engineer. She now works as a Senior Robotics Engineer at Iron Ox.
Georgia Institute of Technology, ’12, ‘13
B.S., Electrical Engineering
M.S., Electrical and Computer Engineering
Samrat is currently employed at Qualcom as a senior engineer. He is the owner of four patents related to his work.