Announcing the Reverend Jesse Jackson Scholarship in #DataScience http://t.co/f7bwHm3kEE pic.twitter.com/BtYBIV6TGL
— Galvanize (@galvanize) February 27, 2015
We’re pleased to announce that we’ve partnered with Reverend Jesse Jackson and The Rainbow PUSH Coalition to provide data science scholarships for African Americans in tech. One student per cohort at GalvanizeU – Galvanize’s accredited data science program – will attend on a full scholarship. RainbowPush’s mission is to empower African Americans and people of color in technology, pursue economic justice, civil rights and racial equality, and we are honored to play a small part in their mission by making education more accessible.
There’s still a massive diversity gap in the tech industry – on average, only about 2% of their workers are African American, but more than 4% of all new computer science or computer engineering degrees were held by African Americans. We’ll work together with the Rainbow PUSH Coalition to address this disconnect by providing more scholarships for industry-integrated educational programs such as GalvanizeU.
At Galvanize, our goal is for all our students to receive an amazing job offer after graduation. Our gSchool programs currently have a 96% placement rate, and we’ll work closely with industry partners to ensure that recipients of this scholarship get placed at great companies after they’ve finished the program.
Galvanize will work together with Reverend Jesse Jackson, the RainbowPUSH Coalition, and other diversity advocates such as BUILDUP and the East Oakland Youth Development Center (EOYDC) to select students for this scholarship. Applications are being accepted on a rolling basis, and interested candidates can apply here.
To learn more about GalvanizeU and other scholarships that are available, head to GalvanizeU.com.