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Traditional education is still very much alive and well, but a growing number of students are known for finding new ways to learn. Today, over 7 million people are taking at least, one online course. That means that the digital or virtual classroom, is the next big thing; this is where the khan Academy comes into play.

Khan Academy offers training exercises, course videos and a learning platform that allows students to learn at their own pace, within and outside the classroom. The subjects, various and varied, ranging from Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics, Biology to Art History. The Mathematics and a part of Sciences are already available in a number of languages already. In Mathematics, the program goes from kindergarten to university and the missions we propose guide students according to their needs, using state-of-the-art algorithms that can identify the strengths and weaknesses of each student.

The academy is a virtual classroom that provides its teachings through the aid of free Youtube videos. This has indeed revolutionized the educational sector world over, as the videos make learning easier and convenient; learners do not have to be constrained to a physical classroom, and that is what makes the Khan Academy truly special.

About the founder

From a purely legal point of view, the Khan Academy is a non-profit organization. Sal Khan, it’s the founder is an American entrepreneur and educator of Indian and Bangladesh parents. He graduated from the prestigious MIT, with a degree in Computer Science. His passion lies with imparting knowledge to as many people for free.

How the Academy works

As you now know, Khan Academy offers courses in different fields, including more technological subjects. To start using the tools offered by the academy website, simply register by visiting the website.

Once you have done this, you just have to select the course or courses that you want to follow, and then you catch up on them.

You can also check out their YouTube channel by searching Khan Academy on YouTube.

Khan Academy Funding and Scholarship

Khan Academy continues as a non-profit organization and is funded by donations from its users and notable big names. Among those who have donated the most are Bank of America, Comcast, Google, and its first donors, Ann and John Doerr and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation amongst others.

In recent times, the Academy has collaborated with the College Board Opportunity Scholarships in order to help students fund their academic dreams.

Since 2018, high school students from the United States, Puerto Rico, and other U.S. territories, now participate in the College Board Opportunity Scholarships. This scholarship program, unique in its class, guides the student in the process of university planning and rewards his initiative and efforts aimed at applying for admission to the institutions of interest.

About the Scholarship Program

College Board Opportunity Scholarships are not a typical scholarship program. It does not require the student to write an essay or complete an application and does not take into consideration the grade point average (GPA) or the scores obtained on the SAT. Instead, the student must complete the following steps while in the eleventh or twelfth grade of high school:

1) Create a list of the universities that interest you. (600 scholarships valued at $ 500 each will be awarded).

2) Practice for the SAT. To prepare for the test, the student must complete the practices available on the Khan Academy portal. (1500 scholarships valued at $ 1000 each will be awarded).

3) Improve your performance on the SAT. The practice will help you improve test scores. (150 scholarships valued at $ 2000 each will be offered).

4) Optimize your list of universities. The student must ensure that the institutions offer the academic program and the university environment they are looking for. (400 scholarships valued at $ 500 each will be awarded).

5) Complete the application for federal aid known as Free Application for Federal Aid (FAFSA). (800 scholarships valued at $ 1000 each will be awarded).

6) Apply for university admission. The student must send admission applications to the institutions that really interest him. (500 scholarships valued at $ 1000 each will be awarded).

Scholarships will be awarded through monthly draws to participants who complete each step. Students who complete the six steps will be eligible to receive a $ 40,000 scholarship (25 scholarships available).

Scholarship Funding

The College Board’s commitment is to award $ 5 million in scholarships each year over the next five years, beginning with the class of 2020. This amount is broken down into about 4000 scholarships per year ranging from $ 500 to $ 40,000. In addition, students may register to receive notifications and reminders from the College Board.

Conclusion  

In conclusion, the Sal Khan project, remains an interesting complement to classical education, without trying to change its foundations. It is also a good example of how well-used technology can help spread knowledge to any corner of the world without turning it into a business, and we can hope for the continuity of this project.