What is the AWS Machine Learning Scholarship Program?
AWS and Udacity are collaborating to educate developers of all skill levels on machine learning concepts. We invite students 18 years of age or older who are interested in expanding their machine learning skills and expertise to enroll in the AWS Machine Learning Scholarship Program. The goal for this program is to up-level machine learning skills to all, and to cultivate the next generation of ML leaders across the world, with a focus on underrepresented groups. Through its We Power Tech Program, AWS collaborates with professional organizations that are leading initiatives to increase the diversity and talent in technical roles, including organizations like Girls In Tech and the National Society of Black Engineers.
The scholarship is open to all for registration starting May 26, 2021, and your learning will begin on June 28, 2021. Participants will have up to 3.5 months to complete the AWS Machine Learning Foundations Course. The course covers the fundamentals of machine learning, steps in machine learning process, basics of computer vision, reinforcement learning, generative AI, software engineering best practices for data science, and how to build your own python package. The foundations course is intended to help developers of all skill levels get started with machine learning.
At the end of the AWS Machine Learning Foundations Course, learners will take an assessment from which top performers will be selected for one of 425 follow-up scholarships to one of Udacity’s most popular and recently refreshed Nanodegree programs: The AWS Machine Learning Engineer Nanodegree program.
How does this scholarship program work?
The AWS Machine Learning Scholarship program is for all developers interested in expanding their AWS machine learning skills and expertise. Applicants 18 years of age or older are invited to register for this program.
Phase 1: Scholarship Foundations Course
100% of applicants will gain access to the foundations course on June 28, 2021. Students can complete the foundations content at their own pace before the deadline of October 11, 2021. The course will help students develop object-oriented programming skills including writing clean and modularized code, understanding the fundamental aspects of machine learning, and also utilizing key AWS machine learning technologies, namely AWS AI Devices including AWS DeepRacer, AWS DeepLens, and AWS DeepComposer. At the completion of the course, learners will receive a certificate for having completed the foundations course. The first 150 to successfully complete the free course will receive an AWS DeepLens device. We’ll also give $35 AWS credits to the first 2,500 who enroll in the course, for use in training AWS DeepRacer, for competition in the AWS DeepRacer League. Finally, learners will receive instructions to take an online assessment quiz that will be used to select the top scorers who will receive a full scholarship for Udacity’s popular AWS Machine Learning Engineer Nanodegree program.
Phase 2: Full Scholarship for a Udacity Nanodegree program
425 Scholarship participants who complete all program content and receive top scores from the online assessment quiz from the foundational program will earn a scholarship to the AWS Machine Learning Engineer Nanodegree program. Nanodegree programs typically require several hours of work per week for the duration of the Nanodegree program, from October 25, 2021 through January 25, 2022. This program will offer world-class curriculum, a groundbreaking classroom experience, industry leading instructors, thorough project reviews and a full suite of career services.
Are there any non-technical prerequisites or costs associated with this program?
Both the foundations course and Nanodegree program will require performing tasks in the AWS console on an active AWS account. Learners will need to submit a credit card on file with AWS to create an AWS account. The required exercise can be completed using AWS Free Tier services. Learners may incur a cost if they complete the optional exercise.
What is the timeline for the program?
Below is the timeline for the Scholarship
- Application Open: May 26, 2021 - June 23, 2021
- Foundations Course: June 28, 2021 - October 11, 2021
- Nanodegree Scholarship Winners Announced: October 21, 2021
- Nanodegree Program (AWS Machine Learning Engineer Nanodegree) October 25, 2021 - January 25, 2022
Will there be a Certificate of completion provided?
Students who complete the foundations course will receive a certificate of completion from Udacity. Students selected for Phase 2 who complete the full Nanodegree program will be awarded a Nanodegree certificate.
What are the Terms & Conditions?
The full Terms and Conditions are posted here.