In a world driven by technological advancements, the demand for skilled professionals in artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) continues to soar. Recognizing the need for a diverse and inclusive tech landscape, Amazon Web Services (AWS) introduced the Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning Scholarship program. This initiative, tailored for high school and college students over the age of 16, aims to equip underserved and underrepresented in technology with foundational knowledge in AI and ML, opening doors to promising careers in one of today’s most dynamic fields.
AWS is teaming up with us at Udacity to award 2,500 students with scholarships in 2024. All applicants can access 20 hours of free training modules and tutorials on the basics of machine learning with AWS DeepRacer Student. Then students will receive scholarships for the 3-month AI Programming with Python Nanodegree program through Udacity.
Scholarship Program Overview
Let’s dive into the impact of the program through some statistics:
- A staggering 5,807 applications were submitted, indicating a robust interest and eagerness among students to explore the realms of AI and ML from 2022 to 2023.
- Out of the numerous applicants, 1,671 emerged as proud graduates, showcasing the effectiveness of the program in nurturing talent and building a skilled workforce.
- A significant 64% of participants fall within the age bracket of 18-24, emphasizing the program’s appeal to the younger generation, shaping their career paths early on.
- More than half of the students (55%) currently enrolled in 4-year universities or colleges participated, underlining the program’s compatibility with traditional educational pathways.
- The top five countries contributing to the program’s success are India, Egypt, Nigeria, the United States, and Pakistan. This global outreach highlights the program’s inclusive nature, transcending geographical boundaries.
Impact on Student Careers
The AWS AI & ML Scholarship Program has not only been a catalyst for learning but has also yielded tangible career outcomes for its graduates:
- An impressive 67% of students reported direct career outcomes whether it be starting a new job, getting a promotion, or starting their own business. This underscores the program’s effectiveness in bridging the gap between education and industry demands.
- At graduation we find our learners ready and excited to enter the job market with 69% feeling more confidence in their interviews and landing internships. This confidence boost speaks volumes about the program’s ability to prepare students not just academically but also professionally.
- Student Spotlight:
- Join us in celebrating Betty Kamande who is a shining star from the program. Betty envisions a career where she can actively contribute to AI and ML. Her academic excellence, leadership, and dedication to completing the scholarship led her to a full time role as a Data Scientist at Xetova Ltd.
As we reflect on the success of the AWS AI & ML Scholarship Program, it becomes evident that initiatives like these play a crucial role in shaping the future of technology. By providing opportunities to underrepresented and underserved individuals, AWS has not only contributed to the diversification of the tech industry but has also created a ripple effect of positive change in the lives of aspiring AI and ML professionals. The statistics speak for themselves, painting a picture of empowerment, skill development, and a promising future for the graduates of this groundbreaking scholarship program. Learn more about the program here.