Digital Career Transformation: Columbus


Build your digital marketing, business analytics or UX design skills with Udacity and start advancing your career today.

About the Program

We at Udacity have teamed up with the Workforce Development Board of Central Ohio to offer 500 free-tuition scholarships to residents of Franklin County. We think you’d be a great fit and encourage you to apply!


Program Details

This program offers the most cutting edge content in technology, aimed to give Ohioans practical skills to kick start their journey to be ready for the jobs of the future.

What does this program entail?
This program consists of a 3 month self-learning and guided learning journey with Udacity. Students have the opportunity to enroll in one of three Nanodegree programs: Business Analytics, Digital Marketing, or UX Designer.

Benefits of the Digital Career Transformation: Columbus:

  • Students will have the opportunity to meet hiring employers and managers around Ohio.
  • Work on real-world projects designed by industry experts to build their portfolio of skills.
  • Learn from the most up-to-date content, co-created with top industry experts.


Program Eligibility

Applicants for the Digital Career Transformation: Columbus must meet the below criteria:

  • US citizen
  • 18 years of age or older
  • Resident of Franklin County and surrounding area
Applicants must be prepared to commit to:
  • Dedicate 10 hours per week to learning online.
  • Attend mandatory 2-hour weekly virtual sessions led by a Udacity Session Lead.
  • Meet the prerequisite criteria of the Nanodegree program in which you enroll.

Udacity's Nanodegree Programs

Udacity's Nanodegree programs are the world’s fastest, most efficient way to master the skills tech companies want. Students learn by doing with real-world projects and other hands-on exercises that lead to real skills mastery. As a participant in the Digital Career Transformation: Columbus, students can choose to build skills with one the following three Nanodegree programs:

Digital Marketing Nanodegree Program

Gain real-world experience running live campaigns as you learn from top experts in the field. Launch your career with a 360-degree understanding of digital marketing.

Projects include:

  • Create, execute, and monitor a search engine marketing campaign on the Ads platform for a B2C or a B2B product.
  • Audit a Udacity website or your company’s website and recommend actions to optimize its SEO ranking.
  • Evaluate the results of a display advertising campaign and create a presentation of the results for management.

Learn more from our program syllabus, or submit your application for the Digital Marketing track today!

Business Analytics Nanodegree Program

Gain foundational data skills applicable to any industry. Collect and analyze data, model business scenarios, and communicate your findings with SQL, Excel, and Tableau.

Projects include:

  • Use statistics and spreadsheet programs like Excel to analyze data from over 500 companies on the New York Stock Exchange.
  • Query a digital music store database which holds information regarding the store’s media, employees, and customers.
  • Build interactive dashboards with Tableau and use them to discover and communicate insights from data.

Learn more from our program syllabus, or submit your application for the Business Analytics track today.

UX Designer Nanodegree Program

Design impactful user experiences for products in today’s digital world. Build a portfolio that showcases your ability to transform user research to high-fidelity interactive designs

Projects include:

  • Develop a discussion guide, recruit research participants, and synthesize findings in the form of a research report.
  • Take a product idea through the design sprint process to come up with a user-tested low-fidelity prototype of your solution.
  • Enhance a low-fidelity prototype through the application of a data-enhanced high-fidelity design by submitting a midterm and a final project.

Learn more from our program syllabus, or submit your application for the UX Designer track today!

Important Dates

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    Applications Open

    Thursday, November 19, 2020

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    Applications Close

    Tuesday, January 05, 2021

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    Scholarship Recipients Notified

    By mid-January, 2021

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    Program Kickoff

    Tuesday, January 19, 2021

All interested applicants must submit an application for their chosen Nanodegree program by the Application Close date indicated above. There is no opportunity to submit applications outside that window.
    Frequently Asked Questions
  • How does this scholarship program work?

    The Digital Career Transformation: Columbus scholarship program offers the most cutting edge content in technology, aimed to give Ohioans practical skills to kick start their journey to be ready for the jobs of the future. The top 500 students will be selected to join in one of the three learning paths available in this program: Business Analytics, Digital Marketing or UX Designer.

    Students will have access to the course material through their online classroom and will have weekly virtual Connect Sessions with a Udacity Session Lead. Connect sessions are mandatory, where students work through technical blockers and work on relevant case studies together. These sessions are a great opportunity to network, build connections and stay on track to graduate on time.

    In order to graduate, students must complete a set of projects within the specified timeframe. Throughout the cohort, students will also have career support touchpoints to support their professional career post graduation.

  • Who is eligible to apply?

    Applicants for the Digital Career Transformation: Columbus scholarship must meet the below criteria:

    • US citizen
    • 18 years of age or older
    • Resident of Franklin County and surrounding area
  • Are there any fees for enrollment?

    No, this is a free scholarship opportunity for eligible candidates.

  • How many hours a week should I expect to spend on my coursework, in order to finish on time?

    Between instructional content, quizzes, projects, and other course-related activity, we estimate that investing from 10 to 15 hours/week of self-study including attending weekly 60-90 minute virtual connect session will enable Nanodegree program learners to proceed through the curriculum at a successful pace.

  • Is this program online, in-person, or combination of both?

    The program takes place 100% online. You can work from wherever you want to, as long as you have a working internet connection.

  • What are the Terms and Conditions?

    Anyone 18 years of age and older is encouraged to apply. You must complete the application in full to be considered. This scholarship is exclusively for residents of the Ohio Franklin-Columbus, Ohio area. Please visit for more terms and conditions. "Nanodegree" is a registered trademark of Udacity. © 2011–2020 Udacity, Inc. Udacity is not an accredited university and we don't confer traditional degrees. Udacity Nanodegree programs represent collaborations with our industry partners who help us develop our content and who hire many of our program graduates.

  • How will you contact me?

    Should you be shortlisted, a member of the Scholarship Team from the Workforce Development Board of Central Ohio will contact you to verify the information provided in the application. Upon confirmation, you should be notified of your acceptence to the program from Udacity on the email you provided upon applying to the program. Make sure to always check your emails for updates from Udacity!

  • What if I have additional questions?

    Should you have any questions at all, you can reach out to the program’s dedicated support email