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Microsoft Cloud & Data Scholarship

Join us in creating a pipeline of Microsoft-skilled talent.

Career goals, within reach.

Udacity and Microsoft have teamed up to offer 310 fully-funded scholarships to achieve two big goals. First, we want to increase the number of professionals with Microsoft Azure AI engineering skills and prepare them to pass the Microsoft Certification. More importantly, we hope to expand diversity of individuals with Microsoft skills, particularly women and people identifying as Black or Hispanic. We have two separate tracks for this program—a foundational program for beginners and a more advanced practitioner program—so learners at all levels are encouraged to apply.
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Scholarship Process

APPLICATION PERIOD
Submit your application between March 15, 2022 through April 18, 2022.

NANODEGREE PROGRAM
Those selected as one of 310 scholarship recipients will begin their chosen Nanodegree program. During your learning journey, you will have the opportunity to participate in networking and mentoring sessions to learn industry best practices and more.

GRADUATION
Upon successful completion, Microsoft is offering graduates of both tracks certification codes so that they can sign up for their respective certifications ($165 value) at no cost. Build an impressive resume and portfolio with the certification and real-world projects from the program.

Program Schedule

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    Application Start Date:

    March 15, 2022

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    Application End Date:

    April 18, 2022

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    Learner Start Date:

    April 26, 2022

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    Learner End Date:

    July 26, 2022

Foundational Track: Data Analysis and Visualization using Microsoft Power BI

An opportunity to break into the tech-industry and meet the growing demand for data analysis and visualization professionals by gaining the Power BI skills that top companies want. Women and individuals who identify as Black or Hispanic are encouraged to apply.

Projects for this track include:
  • Create an efficient data model for a small brewing company that will help them better understand what products are popular and profitable.
  • Design a detailed Power BI report with many data visuals that tell the story of how two products at a startup compare to each other.
  • Use population statistics from the US Census Bureau to determine whether there is a correlation between sales and income for a national clothing chain.

Graduates have the opportunity to take the related Microsoft Certification exam at no cost, earning a certification that shows they are keeping up with today's technical requirements.

Practitioner Track: AI Engineer using Microsoft Azure

Your chance to level up your employable digital skills—advance your career with Microsoft Azure.

Projects for this track include:
  • Building an automated passenger boarding kiosk to collect passenger and flight info through face recognition, digital ID, boarding pass, etc.
  • Create a customer support chatbot for a dentist website using the Azure platform, a Node.js bot application, LUIS model, and QnA knowledge base.
  • Build a knowledge-mining solution to help employees of a company gain insights into training materials made available by their company.

Graduates have the opportunity to take the related Microsoft Certification exam at no cost, earning a certification that shows they are keeping up with today's technical requirements.

Frequently Asked Questions
  • How can I benefit from this program?
    You will work on real-world projects with the most up-to-date content, co-created with top industry experts to build your portfolio. Throughout your journey, you will have access to a supportive online community, where you will get support from mentors and fellow learners, along with building a strong industry network. Graduates from both tracks have the opportunity to take the related Microsoft Certification exam at no cost.
  • How many spots will be available?
    There are 310 scholarships available. Winners will be announced on April 22, 2022 and will have full access to the Nanodegree program content on April 26, 2022. Scholarship recipients must begin and make progress in their course by the 4th week of the program, or they will be removed.
  • What does the learner journey look like as part of this program?
    Students will have access to the course material through their classroom and will have regular virtual touchpoints with a Udacity Tutor to check on their progress, work through case studies and solve their technical blockers. In order to graduate, students must complete a set of projects within the specified timeframe.
  • What support is offered to me as a student?
    Students take part in live webinars led by our Udacity tutors who are content experts. There are 1-2 webinars per project, where Udacity tutors track progress, work through technical blockers, and work on relevant case studies togethers. Additionally, students join an online Slack community at the start of the program, where they can reach out to Udacity tutors at any point in their journey with questions, network with their peers and find motivation.
  • What are the eligibility criteria to enroll?
    Applicants must be 18 years of age or older. We encourage individuals at any skill level to apply.
  • Are there any fees for enrollment?
    No, this is a free scholarship opportunity.
  • Are there any prerequisites for enrollment?
    Data Analysis and Visualization using Microsoft Power BI prerequsities include:
    • Basics for Microsoft Excel
    • Must pass a short examination to be considered.
    • Learners will need a Windows operating system, and will need to download and install free Power BI Desktop software.

    AI Engineer using Microsoft Azure prerequsities include:
    • Python programming skills
    • Knowledge of Microsoft Azure
    • Ability to navigate Azure portal
    • Familiarity with Azure data sources
    • Knowledge of JSON REST
    • Ability to use APIs in application development
    • Must pass a technical examination to be considered.
  • 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.
  • 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 10-15 hours/week of self-study (including attending virtual project webinars led by Udacity tutors) will enable Nanodegree program learners to proceed through the curriculum at a successful pace.

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