Facebook Donates $250,000 for Bootcamp Scholarships

 

SAN FRANCISCOFacebook and the immersive coding bootcamp, Dev Bootcamp, have created a scholarship aimed at improving access to fulfilling technology careers for underrepresented communities.

The Facebook F8 Scholarship is available to prospective Dev Bootcamp students. Created with a $250K donation from Facebook and combined with an additional contribution from Dev Bootcamp, the scholarships will cover the full tuition for 20 women and underrepresented minority students to join the Dev Bootcamp San Francisco program this year.

“This type of collaboration, with a global technology leader like Facebook, instills confidence in the efficacy of our program focused on creating job-ready developers eager to start a life-long career in the tech community,” said Tarlin Ray, Vice President of Business Development and Corporate Strategy for Dev Bootcamp. “Facebook’s generous donation makes a real impact on Dev Bootcamp’s goal to achieve proportional representation of the U.S. population with our student base of women and minorities.”

The donation is linked to Facebook’s annual F8 developer conference, which seeks to bring developers together to learn how they can leverage the suite of Facebook tools and products to build great experiences.

“I am excited that this donation from Facebook will enable others who might not otherwise have the chance learn how to code,” said Laura Mead, Media Solutions Partner Engineer at Facebook, “As someone who went through Dev Bootcamp and now works at Facebook, I saw first-hand the opportunities that a program like this provides.”

Dev Bootcamp is managing the application process and selection of the 20 scholarship recipients. Eligibility for the Facebook F8 Scholarship is open to California residents and anyone who identifies as a woman and/or anyone who identifies as a racial minority group underrepresented in tech (Black/African American, Chicano/Latino, Native American, Pacific Islander). Applications open April 11 and close on May 2, 2016. Enrollment of the selected Facebook F8 Scholars starts in early June.

From 2013-2014, Dev Bootcamp averaged approximately 15-17% women, trans and non-binary students. In 2015, the same student population grew to nearly 33% (compared to 18% graduates who are women in a typical four-year Computer Science program). Dev Bootcamp currently offers a scholarship to students who identify as a gender or racial minority who is underrepresented in technology.