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SIM Provides Scholarships to Students Pursuing IT Degrees

SIM San Diego, the local chapter of the Society for Information Management, is again helping to develop the next generation of IT specialists by providing scholarships.

Since its founding in 2011, SIM San Diego has donated more than $250,000 to local university students majoring in technology.

This year, the local chapter is helping the college careers of:

  • Katrina Baha of University of San Diego;
  • Josue Barragan of Point Loma Nazarene University;
  • Joey Campbell of PLNU;
  • Kevin He of the University of California, San Diego;
  • Cristian Hernandez of California State University San Marcos;
  • Elizabeth Hopkins of CSUSM;
  • Quinyang Hu of UC San Diego;
  • Ruilin Hu of UC San Diego;
  • Cole Jager of CUSM;
  • Joey Kettle of San Diego State University;
  • Mara Sovde of PLNU;
  • Bruce Tukuafu of USD.

Scholarship awards were worth $2,500 to $4,000. Students received their checks at SIM San Diego’s Technology Executive Leadership Summit.

Students were able to attend the all-day event and hear tech leaders discuss how they are responding to real-world challenges and opportunities.

During the event, SIM members walk students around the conference and introduce them to tech industry leaders in attendance.

To be eligible, students must be studying technology at a local university. The scholarship winners attend Cal State University San Marcos, Point Loma Nazarene University, San Diego State University, UC San Diego and the University of San Diego. Students were nominated by faculty at the universities and are then interviewed by a SIM committee.

Scholarship funds come from dues paid by SIM members as well as sponsorships from technology vendors.

Chapter Supports IT Leaders

SIM consists of senior executives in the IT space, and includes members from the region’s biggest and most prominent companies. Steve Phillpott of Solidigm is president of SIM San Diego. The chapter was founded in 2010 by Barb Munro of The Carrera Agency and Yasmin Shah of Seenager Inc., who is the chapter’s marketing chair. The San Diego chapter has about 200 members.

SIM offers networking opportunities at the local and national levels, access to research, and leadership training and development programs.

SIM has more than 30 chapters across the United States as well as a chapter in Toronto, Canada.

For the past several years, the San Diego chapter has maintained a Women in Technology mentorship group, which has about 35 members.

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