We are excited to announce today the launch of the DBC Access Fund, a new and self-funded scholarship program that will extend an inaugural 24 full-tuition scholarships for members of underrepresented communities; four scholarships will be awarded for each of our six campus locations.
We’re launching the DBC Access Fund to further our commitment to improving access to technology skills training for people of all backgrounds. At the end of 2016, Dev Bootcamp pledged to set aside $2,000 into a fund for every student who enrolled prior to the end of the year. As a result, we set aside $300K to dedicate to the 24 scholarships for students from underrepresented racial, ethnic and/or gender groups in technology. Eligible applicants must apply by April 30, 2017 to be considered for the DBC Access Fund program.
Through our own efforts and through initiatives with corporate and community partners such as Facebook, Adobe, Braintree, Lesbians Who Tech and #YesWeCode, we have helped to expand access to technical training and career development for hundreds of women and people from communities underrepresented in technology. Since 2012, Dev Bootcamp and its partners have committed over $2M in scholarships, and the DBC Access Fund will continue to build on our commitment to increasing diversity in the tech sector.
In 2016, 28% of our students identified as women or part of the gender-diverse community, and 22% identified as members of racial or ethnic communities that are underrepresented in technology, including Black or African American, Latinx, Native American or Pacific Islander. Comparatively, the gender and racial composition of the tech teams at some of the world’s most prominent tech companies was, on average, about 19% women* and less than 10% from the underrepresented communities listed above**.
In our ideal future, our student community will reflect the proportion of women and minorities reflected in the broader US population. While we have a long way to go to get to that point, we are pleased to see that we are making progress. Between Q1 and Q4 2016, the percentage of students we served who identified as a member of a group underrepresented in tech grew from 19% to 31%.
But, we know we can’t stop here. And, that’s why we’re launching the first round of the DBC Access Fund scholarships to continue delivering on our commitment to diversity.
Learn more about the DBC Access Fund and start your application or spread the word to your friends and family who might be interested.
* Currently, none of the tech companies officially report on non-binary genders.
** Data collected from most recent, published diversity reports from Apple, Cisco, Facebook, Google, PayPal, Twitter, and Uber.