A scholarship program is being offered by Udacity, an online learning platform that trains the world’s workforce for the careers of the future.

The company reports it will offer 1,000 Nanodegree program scholarships to members of the black community to create a more diverse talent pipeline for in-demand skills like machine learning, artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, data analysis, and more under the Pledge to Equality Scholarship Program.

As part of this program, the top five graduates will be eligible to participate in Udacity’s 2021 Internship program that is currently under development. Additionally, top-performing recipients will receive Udacity’s career services support, which includes career counseling and interview guidance, free for one year. Udacity is also open to partnering with corporations to provide scholarship opportunities to deserving individuals.

“At Udacity, we strive to do more than pay lip service to the ideals of equality and justice. With this scholarship, and hopefully having the grads in internship positions, our goal is to make an impact and ensure that we are improving representation in tech — starting with our own company,” said Gabe Dalporto, CEO of Udacity in a news release. “This scholarship program is only one part of our larger pledge to provide individuals the training and skills they need for secure futures, and we’re ready to help in any way we can.”

Scholarship applications opened Aug. 19, by clicking here and will close on Sept. 17, 2020. Recipients will learn of their acceptance and begin the program on Oct. 6, 2020. The program will then end in spring 2021.

Eligibility and Requirments

Scholarship eligibility will be open to adults in the U.S. over the age of 18 with a passion for technology. Scholarship recipients must be U.S citizens, be able to commit 10-15 hours per week to the program, participate in the student community, and have access to a laptop or computer.

As part of its larger goal to train one million workers by 2025, Udacity has launched several other scholarship programs this year in partnership with leading technology employers like Amazon, Intel, Microsoft, and Alteryx. Furthermore, Udacity has already awarded 7,000 challenge scholarships and 1,175 Nanodegree scholarships, with an ultimate goal of 20,000 this year, to those who have been laid off due to the COVID-19 pandemic it said in the news release.

Udacity has also partnered with the Egyptian government to upskill the country’s emerging workforce. To find out more about the scholarship programs the company offers, please visit Udacity’s website here.

Udacity programs provide industry-created practitioner skills through a series of “Nanodegree” programs consisting of online courses and real-world projects in artificial intelligence, machine learning, data science, autonomous systems, and cloud computing, among other disciplines.

Udacity collaborates with expert instructors and over 200 global industry partners including AT&T, Google, Facebook, Mercedes-Benz, and NVIDIA to power technical education. Headquartered in Mountain View, Calif., the private company has operations in the United KingdomEgyptGermanyIndia, and the United Arab Emirates. Udacity has raised $163 million in funding to date from investors including Bertelsmann, Andreessen Horowitz, Charles River Ventures, and Drive Capital.

Source:  Udacity