Abigail Mercer of Creswell, Oregon is one of 3 $10,000 STEM Scholarship winners.

Navisite Announces Winners of Inaugural ‘Next Steminist’ Scholarship Program Supporting Young Women in STEM

Each of the three winners will receive a $10,000 award to use towards their undergraduate STEM education

 Sept. 1, 2021

Navisite today announced the three winners of its Navisite’s Next Steminist scholarship program. In its inaugural year, the program is designed to help close the gender gap in tech and encourage young women to pursue their dreams in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math). The three winners are Elizabeth Andraschko of Spring Park, Minnesota; Abigayle Mercer of Creswell, Oregon; and Vithya Srikumar of New York City. Each winner will receive a $10,000 scholarship towards their undergraduate education.

“We are honored to name the first-ever winners of Navisite’s Next Steminist Scholarship as these young women prepare to further their education, launch STEM careers and give back to their communities,” said Gina Murphy, president and COO of Navisite. “The three winners stood out among the many candidates from across the country. We were impressed with their vision and determination to make a difference with their STEM educations, and we’re thrilled to be able to support them.”

The winners plan to use their ‘Next Steminist’ scholarship to pursue careers in STEM fields that will enable them to contribute their talents for the betterment of society and human health.

Abigayle Mercer will attend California Polytechnic State University to pursue her dream career of working in a data science position at a research facility, using math, research and computer programming to solve problems. The COVID-19 pandemic has inspired Abigayle to help the world prepare for the potential of future infectious outbreaks. “Working with epidemiologists, I would like to analyze patterns in virus mutation and contact spreading to help predict, plan and prepare the world for the next pandemic,” says Mercer. “If I can use my STEM degree to make a positive impact, this is how I will do it.”


The Navisite Next Steminist program is administered by Navisite customer Scholarship America®, the nation’s largest designer and manager of scholarship, tuition assistance and other education support programs for corporations, foundations, associations and individuals.

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