A little over five months ago, General Assembly announced the creation of Opportunity Fund, an innovative scholarship program aimed at providing transformative education and career opportunities to underrepresented groups.
The positive response has been overwhelming, both from partners like Google, Microsoft, PayPal, Alexis Ohanian, and others (even NAS!) pitching in to support the initiative and get involved, and from the numerous student applications submitted from around the globe. This enthusiasm from our community led us to take our initial pilot program in New York and expand it to San Francisco and Los Angeles this past summer.
Today, we are thrilled to announce even more exciting news around Opportunity Fund. General Assembly and Dave McClure, founder of 500 Startups, have teamed up to offer four new scholarships specifically for women and minorities — many of whom we hope will be aspiring social entrepreneurs — interested in learning design to impact the world and drive positive social change. The application is available here.
“500 Startups values diversity in tech & design, as well as diversity in the people who make them. The future shouldn’t be decided by one nerdy demographic, and we are thrilled to be partnering with General Assembly’s Opportunity Fund to enable access to tech education for women & minorities. It is a simple but meaningful step to drive change, and we can’t wait to see the ways these designers make an impact on the world with their work.” – Dave McClure, Founder of 500 Startups
This also marks the expansion of Opportunity Fund into the world of design, as the scholarships are specifically earmarked for our full-time product design program, User Experience Design Immersive (UXDI). Every day at General Assembly we witness the increasing importance that design plays in creating meaningful products, services and experiences, as well as the need to ensure that everyone has a voice in this ecosystem.
Women and minority candidates can apply for these Opportunity Fund scholarships from all over the world, and Fellows will participate in the UXDI program at any one of seven GA campuses: New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, London, Seattle, Sydney, and Washington DC.
And finally, to maximize the potential of Opportunity Fund to support up and coming women and minority social entrepreneurs, General Assembly is happy to be providing a $4,500 stipend for each of the four Fellows to secure housing for the three months they’ll be learning at a General Assembly campus. This is a cause that both GA and Dave McClure are proud and excited to be a part of, and we’re looking forward to discovering new voices that will shape the future of the design industry, social entrepreneurship, and the world at large.