A YOUNG IT guru from Watsonia North is one of the first students in Victoria to be awarded a Westpac Young Technologists scholarship.
Gabriella Makridis is studying for a Bachelor of Information Technology at RMIT University.
“I’ve grown up around IT,” Ms Makridis said.
“I’ve always been interested in video games and computers, and I have a really tech-savvy family.”
As part of the scholarship, Ms Makridis will receive up to $25,000 across the duration of her degree, as well as the opportunity to go to a Westpac summit each year.
Ms Makridis said the money would help limit her HECS debt, as well as buy textbooks, computer programs and a laptop.
As a young woman going into the industry, Ms Makridis said IT was often portrayed as an unviable career path for girls.
“I went to an all-girls high school and IT was not an available option,” she said.
“I thought ‘it doesn’t matter if you don’t offer it, I’m still going to do it anyway’.”
(First published online and in the Diamond Valley Leader on June 28th 2017)