The tech industry is largely dominated by white men and Asians, leaving Latino and African-Americans way out of the picture. Statistics show that blacks and Latinos are still in the single digits when it comes being employed at tech companies. What’s more, the odds for minority women are slim to none, because of the minimal opportunities for the majority of people of color in the world of Silicon Valley.
Facebook seems to want to change that. The company has recently donated $250,000 for scholarships to Dev Bootcamp, which is a 19-week immersive coding program. The donation will be used to cover the cost of tuition for 20 minority or female students, but it’s only available to California residents, according to USA Today .
Facebook’s annual F8 developers conference, which took place Tuesday (Apr. 12), would help fund the scholarship. Each ticket cost $595.
“Facebook’s generous donation makes a real impact on Dev Bootcamp’s goal to achieve proportional representation of the U.S. population with our student base of women and minorities,” said Dev Bootcamp’s Vice President of Business Development and Corporate Strategy, Tarlin Ray.
The deadline for applications is May 2. Please apply here.