Announcing Our Fall 2019 Academic Scholarship Winner

We are thrilled to announce the winner of our national scholarship contest for Fall 2019: Alexa Grabell. Alexa studied Engineering at Vanderbilt University and is now pursuing her MBA at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business. 

Alexa’s essay about the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives in the workplace was chosen out of more than 300 submissions. Her piece was personal and compelling, and her founding of the Woman’s Group at Dataminr serves as an actionable roadmap for other tech workers who want to be change agents within their organizations: 

I brought in external speakers, organized a women’s shelter volunteer event, spoke at a Women in Software Engineering event and facilitated “lean-in circles” (modeled off of Sheryl Sandberg’s book). However, the most impactful experience was a monthly meeting where I interviewed a senior leader at Dataminr on topics ranging from gender equality to building confidence as a woman in tech to work-life balance as a mother and more. These leaders consistently opened my eyes to new strategies that motivate women to be authentic and take risks in order to become leaders in their organizations.

In the tech industry, where men are offered more money than women for the same role at the same company 60% of the time, we need ambitious young leaders like Alexa who are committed to creating a more equitable workforce. You can read her full essay on Hired’s blog here.

Congratulations to Alexa for her impressive application and thank you to all of our Fall 2019 applicants. 

Contest Details

In fall and summer semesters, a $5,000 Hired scholarship is awarded to the student who writes and submits the most stand-out application and thought-provoking essay. The Hired scholarship is available to all undergraduate and graduate students, regardless of their area of study. As an ongoing scholarship, it will be awarded twice each year for fall and spring semester. To enter, students must submit their application in an email to by November 15, 2019 for spring semester of 2020.

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