Author : Colleen Dixon

Udacity and Google Announce 50,000 New Scholarships

We are excited to share that Udacity and Google recently announced a new scholarship program that will provide learning opportunities to 50,000 people across the United States. The scholarship program is part of the Grow with Google initiativeand diverse candidates are encouraged to apply—no prior experience necessary.

As we move further into a transformative age that brings with it significant changes to the hiring landscape, Udacity and Google are committed to providing meaningful opportunities to help people master the most important skills they need to be successful in the modern economy. We are now past the era where technical skills only apply “in tech.” In today’s world, skills such as web and mobile development are relevant to every industry—not just Silicon Valley.

In fact, nearly 90% of software developers in the US live outside Silicon Valley, and there are a number of open software development jobs—more than 220K across the country as of  2016. The average salary for one of those jobs is $104K, and you don’t need a computer science degree to get hired. What you do need, are skills, experience, and guidance—all of which you’ll gain through this scholarship challenge.

Scholarships are available for learners at all levels—from beginners who’ve never written a line of code, to experienced developers. The scholarships are focused on software development for mobile (Android) and web, which represent a big portion of the open roles in today’s job market.

There are two phases to this new scholarship program:

Phase 1: 50,000 Challenge Scholarships

The first phase of this scholarship provides three months of access to one of four Udacity courses: Intro to HTML + CSS, Offline Web Applications, Android Basics, and Developing Android Apps. Scholarship recipients in these courses will receive a robust community experience supported by Udacity mentors and dedicated Community Managers; they will also have a chance to qualify for a full Nanodegree scholarship.

Phase 2: 5,000 Nanodegree Scholarships

The top 5,000 students in the program will earn an additional 6-month scholarship to one of four Nanodegree programs: Front-End Web Developer, Mobile Web Specialist, Android Basics, and Android Developer. These programs offer world-class curriculum, a groundbreaking classroom experience, industry-leading instructors, expert project reviews, and a full suite of career services.
Applicants must apply by November, 30th—learn more and apply for a scholarship here.