Below are frequently asked questions for the 2021-2022 Bertelsmann Scholarship Program.
What is the Bertelsmann Scholarship?
- Bertelsmann’s media, services, and educational offerings make it a leader in many areas of the digital world. Accordingly, the company wants to empower as many people as possible to be successful in the digital world. Bertelsmann and Udacity are joining forces to offer 1,600 fully-funded scholarships.
How can I benefit from this program?
- Through this program, you will be taking a step towards your future and gaining skills that will open up new opportunities for you to become part of the growing digital economy. This challenge is relevant to anyone with an interest and drive. This program will introduce you to fundamental skills of the future: Front-End web development and Predictive Analytics. No matter which track you choose, you are equipping yourself with the digital literacy skills needed to achieve your potential in the exciting future of work. You have the opportunity to shape your future, right here, right now. And become part of a powerful and vibrant community that will transform the digital ecosystem around you.
How does the learner journey look like as part of this program?
- As a student in one of the three tracks offered in this Scholarship program, you will have the opportunity to be a part of two phases of this program: The first phase, which is the Challenge phase and the second phase which is a full Udacity Nanodegree program. As part of the first phase, you will learn about the foundational elements of the track you've selected. After completing the first phase, you will get the chance to assess what you’ve learned through a Final Assessment. To be eligible for consideration as a winner for Phase 2, you must complete the Final Assessment, which is set at a predefined date, and will test your skills further in your chosen ND track. This is a selective process, so make sure you're ready for that Final Assessment when the date approaches! Furthermore, during your journey in the Challenge phase, you will have access to an online community platform, where you will get to ask other students and tutors for support to help you through any learning difficulties, as well as network with each other!
What are the eligibility criteria to enroll?
- Anyone 18 years of age and above is encouraged to apply. This includes any Bertelsmann employee or general student, who wants to expand their Cloud Architecture, Business Analytics or Marchine Learning skillset.
- Please note, there are certain prerequisites for each track. Scholarship recipients should be prepared to invest about 2-4 hours per week during the Challenge Course and about 5–10 hours per week during the Nanodegree programs.
Are there any fees for enrollment?
- No, this is a free scholarship.
What is the duration program?
- The program is completed in two phases. Phase 1 is designed to run from December 14, 2021 until February 14, 2022. Phase 2 is designed to run from May 1, 2022 until August 13, 2022. However, it is important to note that the program is self-paced, and you can finish it in less than the designed duration if you wish.
What are the prerequisites for enrollment?
- Cloud Track: Experience with Cloud Computing, Programming, and Azure.
- 2+ years experience in developing apps or managing cloud infrastructure that have been deployed using Microsoft Azure
- Familiarity with network concepts, such as IP addressing and routing
- Familiarity with network connectivity methods, such as VPN
- Familiarity with Azure CLI commands
- Ability to read JSON
- Understanding of DevOps including container orchestration, CI/CD
- Azure Application Development and Deployment knowledge
- Data Track: This is an introductory program and has no prerequisites. In order to succeed, we recommend having experience using a computer and being able to download and install applications.
- AI Track: To optimize your chances of success in this program, we recommend intermediate Python programming knowledge and basic knowledge of probability and statistics."
Is this program online, in-person, or a combination of both?
- The program takes place 100% online. Students can work from wherever they want to, as long as they have a working internet connection.
How can I take the Final Assessment?
- On the day of the Final Assessment, before it starts, you will receive an email from Udacity with a link to the assessment that you are required to complete. Final Assessment details and instructions are found in the "Final Assessment" section in your classroom. Once the assessment is available on February 16th at 10 am PT, the link to take the assessment will be sent through email only to all Challenge phase students. You will need to complete the Final Assessment by February 18th at 10 am PT. Udacity will leave the link open to the Filtration Assessment for 48 hours, allowing you two full days to complete it.
How can I know if I have been qualified for Phase 2?
- All Challenge phase participants will receive an email from the Udacity team on February 25, 2022 notifying whether you have been selected for Phase 2.
When does Phase 2 start?
- Phase 2 will launch on March 1, 2022. Learners will be invited to join a live webinar "Kickoff" event to cover the details of the program and join a cohort of students to start their Nanodegree that day. Kindly note that a lot of valuable details will be mentioned in the kick-off! This is why it is mandatory to attend to know all info about your learning journey in phase 2!
What are the criteria to be selected for Phase 2?
- Of the 15,000 original scholarship recipients, 1,600 will be selected for the follow-on Nanodegree program based on:
- Successful completion of lessons, videos and quizzes in the Challenge Course
- Completion of a final assessment at the end of the Challenge Course"
Can I compete for the Nanodegree program more than once?
- Students will only be eligible for one attempt at passing the Final Assessment, per Nanodegree track over the 48-hour period when the Final Assessment is live.
Can I change the email address that I have used to sign-up?
- You should maintain the same email address you used to apply for the Technology Scholarship Program for the duration of your entire course in order to maintain eligibility for this Nanodegree program.
Can I withdraw/postpone studying after I am enrolled?
- If you need to withdraw, please write to us at email@example.com as soon as possible to let us know. Please note that postponing study is not allowed in this program.
How many assessments should I expect as part of this journey?
- As part of Phase 1, you must pass a Final Assessment prior to being enrolled in phase 2 of the program.
When will the Final Assessment be available?
- The Final Assessment will be made available via email to all Challenge phase students on February 16th before 10 am PT.
Can I take Assessments more than once?
- You will have only one chance to pass the Final Assessment in order to qualify for Phase 2.