Today, Udacity and Google are excited to announce a new scholarship program that will provide world-class learning opportunities to 50,000 people across the United States. The scholarship program is part of the Grow with Google initiative that Google CEO Sundar Pichai unveiled at a press event earlier this morning.
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.
“We’re excited to be part of Grow with Google. It’s through scholarship programs like this that we’re preparing students with the latest technical skills needed to succeed now and into the future.” —Sebastian Thrun, Founder, Udacity
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.
You can learn more, and apply for a scholarship here.
Grow with Google aims to help Americans with the skills they need to prepare for and find a job, and this new scholarship initiative will provide every recipient with the chance to learn new skills, launch or advance their career, and unlock their potential. In the past year alone, Udacity and Google have combined to offer 130K scholarships to people all over the world. We are very excited to significantly add to this number with this new offering.
We encourage you to apply today, we wish you good luck, and we can’t wait to greet you in the classroom!