Colorado Technology Association, Colorado Succeeds and
Silicon STEM Academy are Collaborating to
Offer Computer Science Scholarship Opportunities for Colorado High School Students
$20,000 Scholarship Fund Distributed To 100 Students to Jumpstart Their Future in Tech
- You must be a Colorado high school student.
- The application process is now OPEN (click Apply above).
- Courses may begin in January, February or March.
- Class meets 2x a week for 4 weeks. Online classes are 1 hour long with live instruction.
- Scholarship recipients will be notified by email of class details.
About the Initiative
A Statewide Imperative
Expanding immediate access to Computer Programming Training is a statewide imperative to help continue to build our tech talent pool and to fill critical job openings. The time to learn to code is now.
Empowering More Girls in Tech
Unfortunately, the number of females in STEM careers has been on a steady decline over the last 10 years. Our goal is that 50% of the student scholarships go to ‘techy girls’ who want to learn how to code.
We Mean All Of Colorado
We are seeking the best and brightest of Colorado’s future workforce, and that’s not just students in Denver and Boulder, but from all over the state! Our goal is for 50% of the student participants to be outside of the Denver Metro area.
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100 High School Students
Only 14% of the HS in the state are in a position to provide AP level Computer Science courses and standards are currently under review. We are seeking 100 students who want to get a head start on their futures.
Filling the Talent Pool
Students that learn Computer Science in High School are 6 times more likely to major in it, and women are 10 times more likely. Last year, only 42,969 Computer Science students graduated into the worforce to fill over 600,000 available jobs in the US.
The current number of open computing jobs in Colorado
The number of computer science graduates in Colorado in 2015, and only 15% were female
The projected number of unfilled computing jobs in the US in 2020
The number of new teachers prepared to teach Computer Science, who graduated from Universities in Colorado in 2016
The percentage of schools in Colorado that teach AP Computer Science in 2015-2016 (53 total schools)
The average salary for a computing occupation in Colorado