A scholarship supporting the future female technology workforce!

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Kathleen Mito Scholarship Applicants Should

Have resided in San Diego County for at least one year

Plan to major in science, technology, or engineering

Be graduating high school seniors who plan to enroll full-time at UC San Diego, San Diego State University, or University of San Diego in the fall of 2021 and attend full-time

Have a cumulative GPA of 3.4 or higher on a 4.0 scale

Financial need may be a consideration but is not a requirement for application

Consideration will be given to students who have participated in extra curricular activities, community service or work experience

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Kathleen Mito

God-fearing, tenacious, kind, humble, funny.

Born on July 20, 1973, in Alexandria, Egypt, Kathleen Mito immigrated to the U.S. as a young girl, embracing the opportunities before her and never letting go of her heritage. A genuinely good person, Kathleen invested in relationships and cultivated a vast and meaningful network of colleagues and customers throughout the industry that became lifelong friends.  

Being solution-oriented and collaborative propelled her success. Kathleen interpreted rejection as an opportunity to be creative. Even as a kid, selling chocolate for a school fundraiser, she would use the presumptive close in asking “how many” bars someone wanted and if they didn’t have small bills, she simply sold them more chocolate.

After graduating from Los Angeles Baptist High School, Kathleen began attending California State University Northridge (CSUN) because, in true immigrant fashion, her parents insisted she not leave home for college. But Kathleen wanted to explore and be near the ocean. After being told by Admissions at University of California Irvine (UCI) that a transfer from a 4-year university was virtually impossible, she left CSUN, simultaneously took classes at 3 different junior colleges in order to get her required transfer units, and was a student at UCI, living in Newport Beach by the next Fall.  Kathleen obtained her BA in Criminology, Law and Society in 1995 and spent the following summer stamping her passport.

At a family party during this season of searching for the next phase of life, a relative was talking about his recent trip to Greece; paid by his work for making “CLUB.” Not knowing what that meant, or even what “IT” meant, she blurted “I want to work with you.” Calling her bluff, he said he could get her an internship but she would need an MBA to be considered for a full-time position. Within months, Kathleen moved to the Bay Area for her internship at SUN Microsystems (SUN) and commuted to Southern California on the weekends to attend Pepperdine University’s Graziadio Business school where she obtained her MBA. Kathleen secured a full-time position at SUN and, not only learned the business, but thrived, earning many accolades, consistently making CLUB, and proving herself as a force in the industry. After growing her accounts exponentially, Kathleen moved on to the software side and made her mark at various companies, including OnX, CA, HP, HPE, and MicroFocus.

A generous portion of every single check she ever earned would anonymously go to families in need. Kathleen’s love for scuba diving is unparalleled and she traveled around the globe seeking new underwater adventures. DiveHeart Foundation was a natural fit for her; sharing the scuba diving experience with people of varying “abilities” as a type of therapy.

Otherwise in great health, Kathleen was suddenly diagnosed with Aplastic Anemia (bone marrow fails to properly make blood) in February of 2019; so severe they called it “empty marrow syndrome.” She began receiving blood transfusions on a nearly daily basis and unabashedly asked that people donate blood to fill up the blood banks for everyone in need, refusing the offer of direct donations. Kathleen continued working and closing deals while receiving treatment at Hoag Newport Hospital and UCLA. She most likely would have needed a bone marrow transplant and encouraged people to sign up with Be The Match (Kathleen had been in the Be The Match registry for about 20 years). During her treatment, Kathleen was incredibly immunocompromised and caught mucormycosis rhinosinusitis (mucor) – a fungal infection that an average person with a “normal” immune system would be able to fight off without likely even knowing they ever had it.

Kathleen held fast to her faith; throughout her life and her illness which she aptly called her “hurricane.” She went to be with the Lord on May 8, 2019.

The Kathleen Mito Scholarship

$3,000

DEC 2020

FEB 2021

At EVOTEK, we believe that a diverse workforce is a stronger workforce and that gender parity in tech can be a reality. That is why we established a scholarship to provide support for women to join the tech industry. Through this platform we seek to honor women in technology that have paved the way for upcoming talent.

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