Pledges $150,000 in Scholarships to Jumpstart the Careers of Underrepresented Minority Computer Science Students

The nonprofit to bolster computer science education at minority-serving institutions with scholarships worth up to $10,000, a nonprofit bridging the gap between colleges and employers to boost diversity in high tech jobs, today launched a scholarship program designed to financially empower students pursuing technology careers at minority-serving institutions. CodePath’s Tech Fellow Scholarship will support 20 computer science student leaders in covering unexpected costs arising from the pandemic with grants worth between $5,000 and $10,000 each. 

Scholarships will be available for current CodePath “Tech Fellows”—students who lead CodePath’s engineering courses at their own colleges—and for students looking to launch CodePath courses at minority-serving institutions next Spring. The funds can be used to cover any educational, living, or career building expenses. 

“While our courses are always free to every student, we know that the pandemic has imposed incredible hardship on many in our community. We want to help ensure that surprise costs—from rent, early travel home, lost jobs, and more—don’t take our students off course,” said Michael Ellison, founder and CEO of CodePath. “Tech Fellows have already shown their dedication to creating learning opportunities for their fellow students. We’re so glad we’re able to ease some of their challenges.”

Tech Fellows are undergraduate or graduate students who operate CodePath’s industry-backed courses on their campuses—recruiting fellow students to participate, facilitating class meetings, and guiding students through CodePath’s curriculum.  Tech Fellows who bring CodePath’s no-cost courses to their campuses receive extensive training and gain full access to CodePath’s curriculum. While CodePath provides grading, homework help, mentorship, video lectures, networking events, and more, Tech Fellows play a key role in keeping their campus’s students engaged in the program. 

The Fall 2020 scholarship will award $5,000 scholarships to 10 current Tech Fellows. To learn more about how to apply for the Fall 2020 Tech Fellow scholarship, click here

The Spring 2021 scholarship will award $10,000 to 10 teams of Tech Fellows who bring CodePath’s courses to their minority-serving institutions. To learn more about how to apply for the Spring 2021 Tech Fellow scholarship, click here