The time is finally here – DMA’s Made By Girls Scholarship recipients have been chosen! From over 80 entries from across the U.S. and Canada, we’ve narrowed it down to just five Made By Girls Scholars.

Over 80 girls responded to the Made By Girls Scholarship prompt, “I want to join Made By Girls because…” until just five recipients were ultimately chosen.

Applicants for the Made By Girls Scholarship were asked to answer this prompt, “I want to join Made By Girls because…” by submitting an essay or short video. The Made By Girls Scholarship allows each student to enroll in any Made By Girls course, tuition-free.

“We at Made By Girls were so honored to review the entries from so many inspiring, brave and fantastically creative girls. We were very moved by their stories and their enthusiasm to learn,” says Made By Girls Program Director Peggy Lee.

Here’s a profile of some of the recipients, with more to come!

The 2016 Made By Girls Scholars!

“These girls were engaged in their communities, reflected on how tech and education has impacted their lives and how it would impact their futures, wanted to bring their new skills to helping others, and were often young leaders,” Lee says, regarding the selection process.

Enobong A. of Brocktown, Mass. is interested in Adventures in Programming at our Harvard University location.

“I would love to have this opportunity not only to learn how to create games but to inspire girls all around the world to learn about science, technology, engineering and math,” she said. Enobong has already inspired us with her essay; we can only imagine what she’ll be capable of after learning how to code!

Kaylee T. of Sherman Oak, Calif. has her eyes on Programming with Java at our UCLA location.

“I’m a girl who is hungry to learn, eager to share what I learn with others and willing to do what it takes to succeed if given this huge opportunity,” she said in her entry essay. We love Kaylee’s attitude, and can’t wait to meet her!

We all know that coding girls rule!
– Landri D., Made By Girls Scholar

Kimora O. of Hayward, Calif. is interested in Wearable Tech & Fashion Design at our Stanford University location.

“One of my main goals is to fully understand, and be able to code in as many programming languages as I possibly can (HTML, CSS, Javascript, Python, SQL, etc.)” wrote Kimora in her entry essay. We’re glad to help Kimora achieve this goal!

Landri D. of Dyer, Ind. hopes to take Adventures in Programming at our University of Chicago location.

“I would really appreciate this opportunity to make cool programs with other girls – because we all know that coding girls rule!” she said in her entry video. And Landri’s right, coding girls do rule!

A Special Message from Divinity Roxx!

“We are all winners. We are all Made By Girls!” Divinity Roxx congratulates this year’s Made By Girls Scholarship recipients all the way from Atlanta!

As the official role model and spokeswoman for DMA’s Made By Girls initiative, Divinity Roxx is most recognized for her time spent as Music Director and bassist for Beyoncé Knowles’ all-girl band.

Her single “We Are” from her latest solo album ImPossible (pronounced “I’m Possible”), is even the Made By Girls program anthem, and inspired our new hashtag #WeAreMBG!

More From Made By Girls

Made By Girls is more than just a summer tech camp program. It’s a community built to empower girls, giving them a safe learning environment to express their ideas and reach their full tech potential!

Made by Girls is dedicated to empowering girls through technology, and providing a safe learning environment designed to increase confidence in coding and computer science. Classes are led by female mentors dedicated to serving as role models and building a supportive community for girls learning STEM.

Made By Girls aims to make an impact on the global community by helping girls realize their potential, and encouraging them to express their creativity and personality every step of the way.

“Many girls also emphasized how much they wanted to learn coding or app design or wearable tech so that they could inspire and help others. The applicants exemplified what Made By Girls is about,” Lee adds.

Each week, we’ll feature one of these girls in a special Made By Girls Scholar Success Story series.

“We know that they will change the face of technology and use their skills to make the world a better place,” says Lee. Stay tuned to learn more about the incredible Made By Girls Scholars of 2016!