General Assembly Announces Expansion of Opportunity Fund

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As General Assembly continues to grow, one of the initiatives that I’m most excited about is Opportunity Fund, which offers scholarships to underrepresented groups in the tech industry to participate in GA’s Web Development Immersive. GA is a global community of individuals empowered to pursue the work they love, and I am passionate about finding new ways to open our doors to diverse individuals around the world.

Today, we’re announcing our Opportunity Fund’s expansion to Los Angeles and San Francisco. This expansion is coupled with two new program sponsors—Paypal and Alexis Ohanian—who will join the ranks of current program sponsors Google, Microsoft and the recording artist Nas. Our sponsors are at the front lines of diversifying tech, and we’re thrilled to have their support. This is the first incremental expansion of a program which we plan to continue to grow for many, many years to come.

PayPal will provide scholarships for women and has agreed to host recipients at the PayPal HQ for meetings with engineers and an interview with a hiring manager. Alexis Ohanian will provide a scholarships supporting African-American women and will provide a year of personal mentorship and an interviews at one or more of his portfolio companies.

Increasing diversity in tech is a major goal for us at General Assembly. We see Opportunity Fund as one small part of a commitment to a sustained long-term effort, and it’s in that light that we get excited about the future of Opportunity Fund and thrilled to watch the progress of its recipients. Take a look at this video, featuring some of our early recipients, and I think you’ll be excited, too.

-Jake

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About Jake Schwartz

Jake Schwartz is the co-founder and chief executive officer of General Assembly. As a specialized educational institution for 21st century skills in data, design, business and technology, General Assembly (GA) is empowering a global community to pursue work they love through best-in-class instruction and access to opportunities. GA works with students online and in person across 25 campuses around the world and hundreds of companies as partners in course development and graduate placement as well as through GA’s corporate training and development business. General Assembly was named as the number one most innovative company in education by Fast Company in 2015. Schwartz was named E&Y Entrepreneur of the Year in 2014, and was recently named one of Crain’s “40 under 40." He earned a B.A. in American Studies from Yale in 2000 and a M.B.A. in Entrepreneurial Management from Wharton in 2008.