Code Fellows Launches $250,000 Scholarship for Women, Minorities and Veterans
Tuesday, May 19, 2015
During the first year, the scholarship money will fund forty scholarships for women, underrepresented minorities, and veterans.
The launch arrives after an increasing amount of attention has been placed on who is being hired in the tech business field.
USA Today reports that only 2% of workers at tech companies are black, while only 3% are Hispanic.
Additionally, only 20% of the workforce are women, according to NPR.
With these statistics in mind, the launch of scholarship program should make a big impact on the diversity of the work force.
“This diversity scholarship program builds on one of our core beliefs: everyone should have the opportunity to develop. For employers, increasing diversity, including the perspectives of women, minorities and veterans, leads to more effective teams building better products. And big picture, expanding the talent pool to meet the tremendous demand for qualified software developers will drive broad economic growth. We’re fortunate to have partners like Tag Creative putting their support behind these scholarships,” said Kristin Smith, CEO of Code Fellows.
Code Fellows is headquartered in Seattle with locations in both Portland and Chicago. For more information, or to apply for a scholarship, click HERE.
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