New-to-market Prime Digital Academy underwrites $20,000 in scholarships in response to lack of inclusion in the local tech industry
Scholarships are available exclusively to demographics underrepresented in Kansas City’s coding industry
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (April 17, 2019) – Prime Digital Academy, an accelerated, full-time immersion coding boot camp that recently entered the market, will underwrite $20,000 in scholarships specifically for individuals who are part of demographics underrepresented in the coding profession. Ten scholarships of $2,000 each will be available to students entering Prime Digital Academy in one its upcoming 2019 cohorts. The scholarship applicants will be vetted by a review panel consisting of members from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, KC Tech Council and Kansas City Women in Technology.
The scholarships are a response to the significant lack of inclusion in Kansas City’s tech industry. According to the KC Tech Council’s “KC Tech Specs 2018” report, white men fill 79.25% of all tech jobs across the metro area. Furthermore, non-white women account for just 7.3% of those same jobs.
Eligibility for the scholarship begins once students are accepted into a Prime Digital Academy boot camp cohort and meet a minimum of one of the following criteria:
- An annual household income of $28,000 or below (or dependent of a family meeting this criteria)
- Identifies as a woman
- African American, Asian American/Pacific Islander, Hispanic/Latino, and/or Native American/Alaska Native descent
- Member of the LGBTQ community
Additionally, applicants must be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident or a recipient of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals administrative program, as well as a resident of either Missouri or Kansas at the time of application.
The scholarship can be combined with Prime Digital Academy’s existing diversity scholarship, which is a total of $500 granted to each person of color accepted into a boot camp.
About Prime Digital Academy
Prime Digital Academy is an accelerated, full-time immersion coding boot camp. The academy’s 20-week “Full Stack Engineering” program helps people change their career paths and land high-paying, in-demand tech jobs. Prime was founded in Minneapolis in 2014 as a response to the talent gap in the local community and since then, has helped more than 700 students launch their careers in tech. Prime Digital Academy has two campuses at 301 4th Avenue South in Minneapolis, Minnesota and 1301 Oak Street in Kansas City, Missouri. For more information, visit https://primeacademy.io/.