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Student stories: From IT support to front end developer in under a year.

Tech scholarships that go beyond. 

Feeling stagnant in your career? You’re not alone. Shamena Smoot saw more for herself on the horizon and knew she had to take action to get there. So she applied for the OneTen Scholarship—built for Black job-seekers interested in tech but lacking the 4-year degree to reach their goals.

She was accepted into the program and hasn’t looked back since. Now she is a front end web developer. She not only has boosted her salary, but found fulfillment in her new job. In her new role, her innate creativity is truly able to shine through—the cherry on top. 

You’re next. 

OneTen, the Blacks In Technology Foundation, and Udacity are partnering to award more Black scholarships in 2023. Learners interested in the following topics are encouraged to apply:

The chance to fill tech talent gaps. 

The tech industry offers some of the fastest-growing and in-demand employment opportunities today. And there are plenty of open roles globally. But no one to fill them. Plus, people of color are underrepresented in these industries. 

That’s where the OneTen Scholarship comes in. The goal? To change the face of tech and disrupt the status quo. 

Career impact. For real. 

Learners, like Shamena, who have completed Nanodegree programs have enjoyed a number of positive career and life developments, including:

  • Beginning new, high-paying careers in tech
  • Winning promotions based on their new skills
  • Earning higher salaries
  • Working in flexible and/or remote positions
  • Having more options available when job hunting

Ready to take the next step in your career? Apply for the OneTen Scholarship program today. 

Kate Reardon
Kate Reardon
Kate Reardon is a copywriter on the Creative Team at Udacity. She came from an agency background, specializing in tech, before she made the jump to in-house. When she’s not promoting Udacity’s mission through the written word, she’s probably exploring San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park with her dog, Annie.