Opportunity Fund is a philanthropic fellowship program that provides hands-on education, mentorship, and career opportunities to underrepresented groups across the globe.
Individuals, corporations, and foundations fund fellowships for underrepresented groups they wish to support, creating their own diverse pool of employable talent.
Fellowships provide transformative hands-on skills training and job opportunities, immersing students in a supportive community of fellow creators and practitioners.
Fellows commit to 100+ volunteer hours using their new skills to support nonprofit partners, who will benefit from fresh talent and access to education for their community.
Education, careers, and opportunities in technology should not be limited to any one demographic or sector. We want to ensure that anyone who is willing to work hard and follow their passions has a chance at a meaningful career pursuing work they love.
- Matthew O Brimer, Co-Founder at General Assembly
To be considered for Opportunity Fund a student must be accepted to the Web Development Immersive (WDI) or User Experience Design Immersive (UXDI) through the standard General Assembly admissions process. Upon acceptance to an immersive course, students should ask their admissions producers for a fellowship application if interested. All Opportunity Fund candidates must have work authorization in their country of study.
The Opportunity Fund application will ask students to
Danielle did quality assurance at The Gap before becoming a seasoned UX expert. She aims to increase diversity tech.
Volunteer: Black Girls Code
Jerome is a veteran from Memphis who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. He was the first in his class to land a job.
Ivette worked in sales before becoming a web developer. She wants to increase the number of Latina women in tech.
Volunteer: Girls Who Code
Francis transitioned his experience in financial services to become a developer at a fin-tech startup in NYC.
Rose is complementing her background in nonprofit community engagement with fresh UX design skills to scale social impact.
Kay, a veteran and self-taught HTML/CSS hobbyist, was working as a business & system analyst. She is now a full-stack developer.
Volunteer: Hack the Hood
Alexandra worked in journalism and storytelling and is now a full-stack developer for an art events network.
Volunteer: Coder Dojo
Liza switched from marketing to become a developer at an international financial company.
Patrick was a teacher and served in the Navy for 5 years before pursuing a career in technology as a CTO of a startup.
Our vision at General Assembly is to build a global community of individuals empowered to pursue work they love. It is in the context of that vision that we’re happy to support Opportunity Fund — a new scholarship program designed to facilitate a more diverse community of skilled creators in the tech industry.We are partnering with some of the most influential people and companies today to offer scholarships for the entrepreneurs, engineers, and designers of tomorrow.
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