I did a scholarship thing, here’s how it went

Why?

  1. It made me more confident about the things I did know. Whenever I was taught something I was already familiar with it helped alleviate my imposter syndrome, being a completely self-taught developer.
  2. It made me more aware of the things I didn’t know. When you feel like an imposter, you’re in constant fear that there are things that everyone knows that you have no idea about. Having a general “overview” of modern frontend development helped me understand those blind spots.

How?

  • 👩🏾‍💼 Women. You would think this would be obvious, but 6 men applied to this female-only scholarship 🙃
  • 🇳🇬 Living in Nigeria. Although some Nigerians in the diaspora applied, I wanted to restrict this to only Nigerian women living in Nigeria, because they are the most likely to need a scholarship. If you live in London, you can probably afford to pay for this Nanodegree.
  • 🗣 Good English and at least secondary school education. All the Udacity courses are taught in English, and the short time frame of the scholarship isn’t enough time to also be learning English.
  • 👩🏾‍💻 Some amount of experience in the field. Besides the Intro to Programming Nanodegree, the other Nanodegrees have some prerequisite for knowledge of programming.
  • 💛 A great desire/interest in the field. This is hard to determine, but we tried to infer this by seeing if the candidates had already played around with the field before. E.g. if they wanted to do the Android Developer Nanodegree, have they every attempted to build an Android app?

Results: the good & the bad

The good 👍🏾

The bad 👎🏾

What’s next?

  • A 57% success rate is pretty poor. Maybe I was naive — and I have been advised that I was — but I fully expected everyone to complete the Nanodegrees. I also paid for the programs up front and in full, so I lost quite a bit of $$$.
  • The selection process takes a lot of time, and it’s still not perfect. In an ideal world, I would want the selection process to be even more thorough, but myself & my volunteers all have day jobs and we can’t take off a week to dedicate all our time to doing this.
  • There are many Udacity scholarships now available through Google. Although restricted to certain Nanodegrees, Google has offered hundreds of scholarships specifically to people living in Africa and to women.

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