I was awarded the Kim Parsell Memorial Scholarship 2018 for WordCamp US. Here I am going to explain that what is the Kim Parsell scholarship and how I got this scholarship.
What is Kim Parsell Memorial Scholarship?
The Kim Parsell Memorial Scholarship provides funding annually for a women of any assigned sex who contributes to WordPress to attend WordCamp US, a flagship event for the WordPress community.
Kim Parsell was a valued and committed contributor to the WordPress open source project, and this is the WordPress Foundation’s way of honoring her. This scholarship will be awarded to a woman-identifying WordPress contributor who has never attended WordCamp US before, and requires financial assistance to attend.
The Kim Parsell Memorial Scholarship is awarded to one recipient every year, and covers travel to WordCamp US from the recipient’s home city, hotel stay for the duration of the event, and a ticket to WordCamp US.
About Kim Parsell
Kim Parsell was an active member of the WordPress community until her untimely passing in 2015. She was given the nickname “WPMom” because of the care she took in making sure any member of the community that she encountered felt welcomed and valued.
Kim actively participated in WordPress Meetups in her native Ohio, often driving over 90 minutes each way to do so. She also attended multiple WordCamps from Ohio to San Francisco and everywhere in-between. As a contributor, she contributed to every release of WordPress from 3.7 to 4.2.
In 2015, she passed away and after her death to remember her, WordPress Foundation started this scholarship specially for a women.
How I got this Scholarship?
I had already heard about this scholarship but when my brother Abdullah Ramzan from Lahore, Pakistan shared details about the scholarship and encouraged me that I should apply because I always do which is good for the community so, in 2018 I decided to apply for this scholarship. Because when I read about Kim Parsell, I was very inspired by her journey in WordPress community. She is really an inspiring lady for whole WordPress Women community. Every year WordCamp US announce for this scholarship form, so I applied for this scholarship because I have never attended WordCamp US before.
I still remember that day when I woke up in the morning andI was checking my mails everyday and I saw a mail that you’ve been selected as the recipient of Kim Parsell Scholarship to attend WordCamp Us 2018. It was really a memorable morning for me.
And then WordCamp Us officially announced the winner on their website.
I really feel an honored and proud to get this scholarship. Hope, I’ll get a lot of new experiences and sweet memories from WordCamp Us.