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Did you know that women account for only 20% of Canada’s tech workforce, while members of the BIPOC (black, indigenous and people-of-color) community account for only 31.4%?
Lighthouse is committed to increasing diversity in Canadian tech.
That’s why we’ve partnered with BC Tech to bring you a $650,000 pool of scholarships, available immediately, for women, BIPOC communities, and rural communities in British Columbia.
These full scholarships cover 100% of the cost of tuition. Through web development bootcamps, you’re only 12 weeks away from a new career in tech.
There’s no separate application, or essay required for this scholarship. Please indicate your self-identified gender and bipoc status in the bootcamp application. Our scholarship committee will contact you 5 weeks prior to the course start date.
This initiative is funded in part by British Columbia Technology Industry Association
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Please note that the admissions process takes 1-2 weeks to complete, please apply at least 2 weeks before the scholarship deadline to allow enough time to complete the criteria.
While our goal is to help as many people as we can, this scholarship is not guaranteed. We recommend you apply as soon as possible.
Empowering our students with the skills they need to launch new careers is what we do best. We hope that this scholarship fund will allow us to bring new career opportunities to those who need it most.
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Scholarships are awarded 3 weeks before your cohort start date.
For more details about the application and selection process, check out the FAQs.
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How are recipients selected?
Scholarship recipients are chosen by a selection committee, who review applicant essays independently and collate their findings to decide on successful recipients. This rotating committee is made up of staff members from across Lighthouse Labs who are passionate about education, representation, and mentorship.
Our scholarships are merit-based, and recipients are evaluated based on their work ethic, academic record, and likelihood to succeed in the rigorous bootcamp program.
How does self-identification work?
We believe that representation and identity are complex, and self-identification is the key to inclusion. That’s why we use this model, where students who self-identify with some experience of underrepresentation can apply for one of our scholarships. Scholarship applicants aren’t bound to pre-set groups, instead have the freedom to identify however they feel best represents them.
Through a set of eligibility essay questions, applicants have the opportunity to share with us their experience of underrepresentation. These essay questions help the selection committee to choose the applicants who most closely align with our goal: to promote representation and intersectionality, and establish inclusive role models in the developer community.
What if I cannot attend bootcamp without a scholarship?
Lighthouse Labs recognizes that bootcamp is a big financial commitment and we encourage you check out this round-up of options to finance your bootcamp or this FAQ post about financing. The scholarships are not set up to be grants or bursaries and are awarded based on merit and social championing as opposed to financial need.
Why do I have to pay my deposit to meet the scholarship criteria?
Lighthouse Labs’ Scholarship Program is a merit-based program, set up to further encourage and support those who are already committed to coming to bootcamp, regardless of whether they are scholarship recipients.
How do we identify which groups we work with?
Lighthouse Labs recognizes that “underrepresented” is difficult to define. We approach partnerships with curiosity, and with a goal of learning more about these underserved communities and how to best provide opportunities to them. Lighthouse Labs is open to partnering with companies and organizations with a genuine interest in reducing barriers for underrepresented groups in technology in Canada.
How early should I apply for a scholarship?
As soon as possible! When you submit your bootcamp application, you’ll automatically receive a personal scholarship application link via email so you can get started on your essay questions straight away. Scholarship recipients are notified 3 weeks before the start of bootcamp.
What is the essay question?
We share the essay questions with you once you’ve initiated the scholarship application process. They are short essay responses, designed to help you share your thoughts around representation, mentorship, and professional development.