The Lighthouse Labs Scholarship Program exists to support diversity and representation in the Canadian tech community. Each scholarship provides one student with $2000 towards their bootcamp tuition so that recipients can get a career-changing education in web development.
By empowering exceptional individuals through merit-based scholarships, the program aims to reduce barriers and foster talented, community-focused developers. Through inclusion and mentorship, our goal is to create a positive cycle of inclusion by encouraging scholarship recipients to inspire other individuals to pursue a career in technology.
Identity is complex and not easily defined, so our scholarship model is based on self-identification. The scholarship application is open to any potential student who self-identifies with some experience of underrepresentation in the tech industry, who wishes to make a difference and pave the way for others to engineer cultural change.
Through these scholarships, Lighthouse Labs hopes to lower barriers, provide greater access to coding education for underrepresented groups in technology, and alter perceptions of what it means to be a developer.
Futures in Innovation and Technology, a digital skills training initiative of the First Nations Technology Council, is open to all Indigenous peoples in British Columbia. Through a combination of over $150,000 in First Nations Technology Council funding and the new Lighthouse Labs Scholarship Fund, seats will be made immediately available in the Web Development bootcamp program. With the goal of reducing barriers and increasing access to the technology field, the First Nations Technology Council has additional funds available to support students’ living expenses. This scholarship is open to anyone who self-identifies as Indigenous (Status First Nations, non-status, Metis, Inuit) in British Columbia. No additional essay is required for applicants to be considered for this opportunity - simply confirm you self-identify as Indigenous on the first page of your Bootcamp application.More Info
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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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The First Nations Technology Council is an Indigenous-led not-for-profit organization that provides free digital skills training for Indigenous people and is working towards equitable access to technology for Indigenous communities in order to advance sovereignty in the digital age.
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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.
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.
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.