Challenging stereotypes in the digital industry

A year ago, Alaa Abuellif was spending 15 hours a week on the bus, travelling from Tokoroa to university and back each day. Now she’s living on campus at the University of Waikato, making her dream of becoming a software engineer a whole lot easier.

Alaa is the recipient of a Spark Scholarship, worth $10,000 and offered to only five New Zealand students each year. The scholarship is designed to foster a more diverse talent pool in the digital technology sector, a cause Alaa is particularly passionate about.

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