Last week, 12 Udacity students got the opportunity of a lifetime. Google flew them out to Google I/O in California as recognition for their amazing work in the Grow with Google initiative’s Developer Scholarship Challenge! This massive three-day event is Google’s flagship annual developer conference, famous for its announcements of incredible new technology, and a unique chance to network with the tech industry’s movers and shakers.
This Google Developer Scholarship recipient challenged convention, embarked on a new career journey, and built a new life for herself and her family!
If you’re of working age, then you’ve probably heard the question before: “So, what do you do for a living?” There was a time when, for most working people, this was pretty easy to answer. But in a changing world informed with increasingly rapid change, this has become a more complicated question.
For a long time, our world was one in which “conventional” backgrounds were the overwhelming norm. But over the course of several decades, we’ve witnessed the emergence of “unconventional” paths to success. These increasing viability of these paths has been both exciting, and necessary. “Convention” has too often equated to a rarefied educational pedigree available only to a small percentage of the population that are either born to it, or can afford it.
Coming from an “unconventional” background isn’t always easy, and there is still progress to be made as we pursue a genuinely inclusive world. Today, we’re hopefully approaching a future in which the binary of conventional vs. unconventional no longer prevails—a world in which multiple varieties of education and training can be considered “legitimate.”
Initiatives such as Google and Udacity’s Developer Scholarship are providing well-deserved opportunities for career advancement to lifelong learners who have experienced firsthand what it means to come from “unconventional” backgrounds. These individuals—through their skills, dedication, and grit—have persevered, and built rewarding lives and careers for themselves, even as they’ve had to continually explain and justify their seemingly unorthodox career paths to recruiters and hiring managers—not to mention friends and family!
Anne-Christine is one such remarkable individual.
Udacity is honored to support women across the globe empowering themselves through learning, and we join the world in celebrating International Women’s Day! Today, we share the stories of five exceptional women who have mastered new skills, and advanced their lives and careers.
The Grow with Google Developer Scholarship—a US-focused program offering learning opportunities to tens of thousands of aspiring developers—has given rise to a wealth of powerful stories from amazing individuals who are using their scholarships to pursue their goals and achieve their dreams. Some are creating new beginnings in new places. Others are reinventing their paths and transforming their futures. Still others are advancing their careers and growing their businesses.
Rei Blanco, Paul Koutroulakis, and Mary Weidner exemplify what the scholarship program is all about.
Apply today for an opportunity to master valuable Data Science skills with a Udacity scholarship from Bertelsmann!
Lifelong learners across the globe interested in pursuing careers in Data Science have a fantastic new opportunity to achieve their dreams. Today, Bertelsmann formally announced 15,000 new Data Science scholarships for study with Udacity. Following on the 60,000 scholarships announced by Udacity and Google in September 2017, this brings to 75,000 the total number of scholarships offered through the partnership of Bertelsmann, Google, and Udacity.
In 2017, Udacity launched a new series of Economic Opportunity initiatives. These include our scholarship programs and workforce development efforts. Together with our amazing partners, we are working to connect deserving individuals across the world with learning opportunities and career support from Udacity. Our goal is to ensure that every student is able to create a better economic future for themselves through the acquisition of valuable, job-ready skills.
Today, Udacity and Google are excited to announce a new scholarship program that will provide world-class learning opportunities to 50,000 people across the United States. The scholarship program is part of the Grow with Google initiative that Google CEO Sundar Pichai unveiled at a press event earlier this morning.