By Nancy Dahlberg
Facebook and Miami-based coding bootcamp Ironhack announced Tuesday they will be partnering up to offer the 2019 Facebook F8 Scholarship. Together, they will launch a Digital Creators Fund, a $250,000 scholarship program aimed at helping women and other underrepresented groups in the tech industry.
Full and partial scholarships will be offered to those who want to study web development, data analytics or UX/UI design at Ironhack’s Miami campus. Scholarships will be selected and distributed by Ironhack to 50 candidates, prioritizing minorities and women for web development. Ironhack will also subsidize scholarships for other courses and applicants.
“We all know the tech industry has a diversity problem and that it's not an easy one to fix,” said Ariel Quinones, co-founder of Ironhack. “Diversity and inclusion are not just buzzwords. They are crucial to our economic progress and should be a business imperative for all employers. We are honored to collaborate with a leading tech employer like Facebook to promote diversity in technical roles. Through these scholarships, many Ironhack students of diverse backgrounds will be able to take their first step towards a rewarding career in the tech industry.”
Ironhack has been on a growth spurt and now has 9 campuses, most of them in Latin America and Europe. Since its inception in 2013, Ironhack has graduated more than 3,000 students; of them, 31 percent are females and 66 percent are black or Hispanic, the company said.
“We have the unique opportunity and responsibility to ensure inclusion and diversity in our industry,” said Ime Archibong, Facebook’s vice president of product partnerships, in the announcement. “Removing the financial barrier to pursue a new career in tech is critical to these efforts.”
Applications will open today. To learn more about the scholarship program and application process, click here.