With the death of marriage-equality trailblazer Edie Windsor in September, the Edie Windsor Coding Scholarship is all the more timely: Launched in 2016 by Lesbians Who Tech (LWT), the fund honors Windsor’s pioneering spirit, as well as her 16-year tenure at IBM, by covering 50% of tuition costs for queer and gender-nonconforming women learning how to code.
Thanks to a successful Kickstarter campaign, LWT was able to awarded scholarships to 40 recipients last year. Now the group is hoping to help even more in 2018.
Twilio, a cloud communications platform, has challenged LWT to raise $100,000 for the scholarship, which it will then match with a $150,000 grant.
“We have an incredible community of over 25,000 queer women and allies,” LWT writes on its Generosity fundraising page, “and we know you know how to step up to support our leaders and future leaders.”
There’s a detailed breakdown of how funds will be used, as well as numerous testimonials from alumni.
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