WordPress Designer News – WordPress Foundation Creates Scholarship in Kim Parsell’s Memory
The first WordCamp Kim Parsell attended was in 2014 in San Fransisco, although she was unemployed and had very little money, she was still able to attend thanks to the financial assistance she received from the WordPress Foundation.
The WordPress foundation have realised how much it meant to her and have now launched a Scholarship to provide women in the WordPress community the same opprtunity.
Kim died in the first few days of 2015, so tragically, my heart goes out to her friends and family.
Scholarship details are as follows:
- It will be a scholarship for a woman contributor with financial need who has never attended the event before
- It will be limited to WCSF’s replacement event rather than available for any WordCamp
- When travel scholarships are announced for the event, this specific memorial scholarship will be mentioned in the post.
It will cover the ticket cost, flight, and lodging
- It will be awarded once per year
- It will be funded by the Foundation
- It will be awarded by the community team (or whoever within the project is overseeing travel scholarships that year) to the recipient 3 months in advance of the event
The reasoning behind only allowing women onto the scholarship that have never been before is to encourage more women to get involved with the project.
Jen Mylo, who was deeply involved in turning the idea into a reality, said ‘the program will likely live inside of a broader scholarship program’
‘The assumption is that it will live within a broader travel scholarship program that can be worked on this year (SF was a test of the idea, but not intended to be the only WC that would offer assistance in the future if it worked well, which we haven’t yet worked out)’.
She then explained why the foundation is designed this way ‘As a Kim memorial, we wanted this to be very Kim-specific, and that first-time experience is what we want to provide someone in her memory’.
Although naming a WordPress release in her memory, I think this is much more fitting; as Kim will always be remembered in this way.
- WordPress Foundation