What is the Blacks In Technology Scholarship Program
The Blacks In Technology Foundation & Udacity are partnering to provide thousands of Free Scholarships to help increase educational and professional opportunities for the Black community. The first cohort of 2021 is for 150 free Scholarships with applications opening March 1st, 2021. We want to help close the skills gap for the Black community and increase diversity in tech roles by creating a pipeline of qualified candidates in desirable fields such as Programming for Data Science, Product Management & Cloud DevOps Engineer. The Blacks In Technology (BIT) Foundation’s goal and mission is to “stomp the divide” between Black workers and the greater tech industry. The intent is to fundamentally influence and effect change at both an individual and systemic level.
For more information or to apply to the program go to https://www.udacity.com/scholarships/blacks-in-technology
How does this scholarship program work?
The scholarship program is structured in two parts:
Phase 1: 1,000 Blacks In Technology Scholarship applicants will be selected to participate in a Challenge Course. During this first phase of this scholarship, students work through one of the 3 initial Challenge Courses that comprise of course text, content and quizzes (no projects) for the Programming for Data Science, Product Management & Cloud DevOps Engineer Nanodegrees over the course of 2 months. Applicants should be prepared to invest about 3–5 hours per week during this period. Challenge course recipients participating in this initial phase of the program will engage with classmates in a robust, actively managed, student community.
Phase 2: Full Nanodegree programs: 150 students from the first phase will earn a follow-up scholarship to either the Programming for Data Science, Product Management or Cloud DevOps Engineer Nanodegrees Programs. Access to these Nanodegree programs includes expert project reviews, mentorship and community support. These full Nanodegree program scholarships will be awarded in July 2021. Applicants should be prepared to invest about 5–10 hours per week for the 5 months of the program. Scholarship recipients participating in this initial phase of the program will engage with classmates in a robust, actively managed, student community.
Do scholarship recipients have to pay anything to participate?
No! The program is completely free to all scholarship recipients. Blacks In Technology pays the costs from a central budget.
What is the timeline for the program?
Below is the timeline for the first cohort
- Applications Accepted: March 1st, 2021 - April 13th, 2021
- Challenge Winners Announced: April 21st, 2021
- Challenge Course: April 26th, 2021 - June 25th, 2021
- Scholarship Winners Announced: July 12th, 2021
- Scholarship: July 15th, 2021 - December 8th, 2021
What are the Terms & Conditions?
The full Terms and Conditions are posted here.