The year 2020 will be remembered as one of the toughest in recent history. As countries worked to fight against the deadly COVID-19 pandemic, global economies started to dwindle. This led to rampant unemployment and an immediate need for instant reskilling and upskilling.
We’re proud to say that we helped more than 60,000 aspiring students globally through various scholarship programs this year. Out of these students, around 4,000 have been offered a full scholarship to our Nanodegree programs.
As a students-first organization, we strive to transform our learners’ lives every day. All of our Nanodegree programs and scholarships are guided by this one mission: To train the workforce in the careers of the future.
To celebrate our learners, we selected a handful of empowering stories from students who participated in the first phase of the scholarship program. And as you read these testimonials, we hope that you’re inspired to further your education — regardless of the program.
Udacity is excited to announce that we are launching 15,000 scholarships in Cloud Computing, Data Science, and Artificial Intelligence with Bertelsmann for the second year! The scholarship program is part of a three-year commitment by Bertelsmann to fund 50,000 tech scholarships for students to learn with Udacity.
The year 2020 has been illuminating. Social unrest and the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement shined a light on the inequity that minority communities face in their daily lives, or in getting access to jobs in industries like tech.
Udacity wants to stamp out this inequity, and we believe that the path to better careers for underrepresented communities is paved with education. Our mission is to power careers — for everyone — through tech education. And, we pledge to increase educational and professional opportunities for underrepresented communities.
I have been working as a Software Engineer for most of my 15-year career in technology. I progressed from embedded software development, to full-stack web and database development, to cloud-native application development and DevOps. Currently, my work focuses on cloud AI development and data engineering.
In 2015, I was searching for cost-effective ways to advance my career. I firmly believed that machine learning and AI skills were the most coveted and critical digital skills – in addition to cloud and software development. Since I already had extensive software development experience, I focused my development plan on expanding my skillset in data science, machine learning (ML) and AI.
Today, we are proud to announce our new Hybrid Cloud Nanodegree program, developed in collaboration with Nutanix to expand cloud and engineering skills. Our partnership with cloud computing software leader Nutanix has enabled us to thoughtfully produce a Nanodegree program that will enhance learning opportunities in the emerging cloud technologies — essential to any organization upleveling its IT infrastructure. To ensure this Nanodegree program is accessible to all interested participants, we are also opening 10,000 applications to a Hybrid Cloud Scholarship Program.
Today, we are proud to announce our newest scholarship to expand students’ AI skills: the Intel® Edge AI Scholarship Program.
This new scholarship program, announced at the Intel AI Summit and the Future of Education and Workforce Summit in San Francisco, will empower professional developers interested in advanced learning, specifically deep learning and computer vision, to accelerate the development and deployment of high-performance computer vision and deep learning solutions. Computer vision and AI at the edge are becoming instrumental in powering everything from factory assembly lines and retail inventory management to hospital urgent care medical imaging equipment like X-ray and CAT scans. This program will teach fluency in some of the most cutting-edge technologies.