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Udacity Blacks In Technology 2021 Award for Young People

Udacity and Blacks In Technology, in collaboration with corporate and government partners, will fund 1,000+ Nanodegree scholarships to members of the Black community interested in transitioning to or furthering their careers in tech in 2021.

Application Deadline: 13th April 2021

About the Award: Blacks In Technology and Udacity have teamed up to solve a critical problem: Black people are dramatically underrepresented in the tech industry, which comprises some of the highest growth, most in-demand careers. The statistics are sobering:

  • Black people make up only 3% of employees in the top 75 Silicon Valley tech companies, compared to 24% of the total workforce.
  • Black people hold less than 3% of cybersecurity jobs and are paid 33% less than White employees.
  • 20% of computer science graduates are Black and Latinx, but they only make up 6% of the tech industry overall.
  • The unemployment rate for Black individuals exceeds 10% and underemployment estimates exceed 30%.Blacks In Technology and Udacity have teamed up to solve a critical problem: Black people are dramatically underrepresented in the tech industry, which comprises some of the highest growth, most in-demand careers. The statistics are sobering:Black people make up only 3% of employees in the top 75 Silicon Valley tech companies, compared to 24% of the total workforce.
  • Black people hold less than 3% of cybersecurity jobs and are paid 33% less than White employees.
  • 20% of computer science graduates are Black and Latinx, but they only make up 6% of the tech industry overall.
  • The unemployment rate for Black individuals exceeds 10% and underemployment estimates exceed 30%.

 In the first cohort, we will be awarding 150 full Nanodegree scholarships to empower individuals to learn in-demand tech skills in Programming for Data Science with Python, Product Management or Cloud DevOps Engineering.

Scholarship recipients will complete a portfolio of real-world projects that demonstrate mastery of highly sought-after skills. Plus, they will have the opportunity to engage with Blacks In Technology’s network of Black tech professionals and participate in a vibrant Udacity student community.

Type: Training

Eligibility: Anyone 18 years of age and above is encouraged to apply. Scholarship recipients should be prepared to invest about 3-5 hours per week during the Challenge Course and about 5–10 hours per week during the Nanodegree programs.

Prerequisites

  • Programming for Data Science with Python: There are no prerequisites for this program, aside from basic computer skills. You should feel comfortable performing basic operations on your computer (e.g., opening files, folders, and applications, copying and pasting).
  • Product Manager: No prior experience with Product Management is required. You will need to be comfortable with basic computer skills, such as managing files, using third-party online programs, and navigating the Internet through an online browser. You will also need access to a video camera on a computer.
  • Cloud DevOps Engineer: In order to succeed in this program, you should have basic skills in any programming language. You should also feel comfortable with the command line and using Github.

Additional for Cloud DevOps Engineer:
In some programming language, you should feel comfortable doing the following:
Defining functions
Using loops and conditional statements
Working with various data structures

In the Command Line, you should feel comfortable:
Navigating through folders and files
Running scripts from the command line
Installing packages

In Github, you should feel comfortable:
Creating and cloning repositories
Making commits to a repository

Eligible Countries: Young, Black students of any nationality

To be Taken at (Country): Online

Number of Awards: 150

Value of Award: dacity and Blacks In Technology are committed to closing the divide between the numbers of tech jobs available and the number of Black people working in tech. That starts with ensuring a robust pipeline of trained, talented Black tech professionals. Together, we are offering:

  • 1,000+ Nanodegree program scholarships for Black individuals to build practical, in-demand, cutting-edge tech skills.
  • Exposure to the Blacks In Technology community and network of Black tech professionals.
  • Professional development and career resources support.
  • Subject matter experts and on-demand tutors.

Duration of Award: July 15th, 2021 – December 8th, 2021

How to Apply:

  • It is important to go through all application requirements in the Award Webpage (see Link below) before applying.
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