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The GitHub Scholars

Program Overview

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is the GitHub Scholars Program?

The GHS program is a 4 week intensive immersion into the field of technology, coding and preparing for your future. In this program, GitHub scholars will:

  • Learn coding design

  • Create college and career action plans

  • Receive personal and professional coaching

  • Connect daily with tech professionals who will serve as personal mentors

  • Build and keep your own computer device

  • Engage with college students and Campus programs

  • Visit cutting edge tech firms to tour the behind the scenes of the tech industry and meet with staff/executives to learn about the wide array of career possibilities in the field of technology

  • Learn how to access internships with tech firms across the country

  • Design a project that benefits your local community using technology

    • Examples;

      • Teaching others technology

      • App design

      • Building awareness of tech programs and opportunities throughout your network

  • Which students are eligible to participate in the GitHub Scholars Program?

We are seeking creative and energetic students who:

  • Are high school students between the ages of 14-18

  • Want to learn how to code

  • Want to build a career in Technology

  • Identify as low income

  • Have a desire to give back and make an impact in their community

  • Can commit to a four week intensive program Monday through Thursdays from 9:00 am - 1:00 p.m.

  • What are the dates and times of the GitHub Scholars Program?

4 week session - Select One

Session One - June 5th - June 29th

Session Two - June 26th - July 20th * No session on 7/3-5 due to Independence Day Holiday -

Mandatory orientation for accepted scholars AND parents/guardians 

Wednesday, May 31st, 2017 - 6:00 -7:30 p.m. OR

Saturday, June 3rd, 2017 - 2:00 - 3:30 p.m.

Weekly sessions will be for four weeks - 9:00 - 1:00 p.m. (Breakfast provided at 8:30 a.m.)

  • When is the application due for the GitHub Scholars Program?

Applications can be submitted through online link or applications can be downloaded, completed and emailed to Applications must be submitted no later than May 20th, 2017.

  • What are the eligibility expectations of GHS Scholars applicant?

GHS applicants must meet all eligibility requirements found on page one of the application, identify as a student of color, be enrolled in an educational program, currently or previously reside in public housing or qualify for federal free and reduced lunch program. Applicants must also have an identified interest in the field of technology as evidenced by at least one of the following; Previous participation in a technology program, academic course, club, organization or school activity, experience in coding, personal dedicated time devoted to learning about technology, attendance at a technology immersion, hackathon or intro to tech event.

  • What is required to apply for the GHS program?

  1. Completed application signed by Parent/Guardian

  2. Statement of Interest form

  3. Two recommendation forms (one from a teacher or counselor, second from another identified adult)

  4. Submit two essay questions, personal statement and parent questionnaire

  5. Submit commitment form signed by Parent/Guardian

  • How will I know if I am accepted into the program?

All accepted applicants will be notified on or before May 24th, 2017. Accepted scholars must respond by submitting the required registration form before May 27th, 2017. If a seat is declined, it will be offered to an applicant placed on the acceptance waitlist. 

  • Where is the location of the GHS program?

The GitHub Scholars Program will be held at the Google Fiber Academy located at 790 Atlanta S. Parkway College Park, Ga. 30349 although several camp days will be held in the field at various tech firms, tech programs and educational facilities.

  • What is the cost to attend the GHS program?

The GHS program is free to all eligible participants.

  • Will Transportation be provided to the GHS program site?

Transportation will not be provided to the GHS program: however Marta cards are available for qualifying student who identify a need with transportation assistance.

  • Will meals be served at GHS program?

Breakfast, snacks and lunch will be provided for all students in the GHS program. There will be no cost for meals during the program.  Breakfast will be served prior to the start of the instructional day, from 8:30 a.m. to 8:50 a.m.(Breakfast is optional for program participants) Lunch will be provided based on the schedule for the day for all student participants, whether onsite or in the field.

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