Two members of the South West Inner City Network (SWICN) Computer Clubhouse in Dublin were recently announced as recipients of a 2011 Clubhouse to College (C2C) Scholarship from the Intel Computer Clubhouse Network. Richard Okare is the recipient of a General Scholarship whilst Abdul Hassan is the recipient of a special Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) scholarship.
The C2C Scholarship amounts range from $2,500 – $10,000 and are funded by the Intel Foundation with the intention of providing resources to selected Computer Clubhouse members or alumni as they transition to post-secondary education. C2C is a key component of the Clubhouse program, encouraging Clubhouse youth to pursue studies beyond high school and realize their full potential.
The Clubhouse Network received 54 applications from youth in 25 Clubhouses located around the globe. Richard and Abdul were selected based on their commitment to the Clubhouse, community involvement, academic achievements and future goals. Both described their experiences in the Clubhouse and opportunities that the program has brought to them. Highlights included peer mentoring, the development of college and career preparation skills, and projects collaborating with members from around the world through the Computer Clubhouse Village, the Clubhouse Network’s social network application, as well as face-to-face at the Computer Clubhouse Network’s biennial Teen Summit.
Intel’s Pia Wilson-Body, Manager of Diversity Education, says, “We hope the scholarships will allow the Network to provide greater financial support and expand the number of scholarships to members and alumni who are pursuing post-secondary education.”
About the Computer Clubhouse Model
Founded in 1993 by the Museum of Science in collaboration with the MIT Media Lab, the first Computer Clubhouse has served as a model for many community organizations around the world. Intel became the title sponsor of the program in 2000 and the Intel Computer Clubhouse Network has now grown to 100 Clubhouses serving 25,000 young people in 20 countries a year. For more information visit: www.computerclubhouse.org.
About the Dublin SWICN Computer Clubhouse
The Dublin SWICN Computer Clubhouse provides a creative and safe after-school learning environment for young people from under-served communities in the south west inner city area of Dublin. Unlike a standard computer classroom, the Computer Clubhouse is a vibrant environment, with elements of an artist’s studio, inventor’s workshop, TV newsroom, architects’ office, robotics lab, and music studio. The Clubhouse Coordinator is Ciaran McGuinness, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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