Access bank/udacity African Scholarship Program

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Access Bank and Udacity (Access bank/udacity African Scholarship Program) have teamed up to provide 1,000 Nanodegree program scholarships for people in Africa to build practical, in-demand, cutting-edge tech skills. The scholarship will be an opportunity for youths to learn the skills needed by many tech companies today.

Access bank/udacity African Scholarship Program
Access bank/udacity African Scholarship Program

Access bank/udacity African Scholarship Program – Who can apply?

This scholarship is eligible for anyone 20 years of age and above. Anyone who falls within this category is encouraged to apply. Scholarship recipients should be prepared to invest about 5–10 hours per week during the Nanodegree programs.

What are the prerequisites?

Below are what you need to know or have to qualify you for this program.

Business Analytics:

In order to succeed, we recommend having experience using a computer and being able to download and install applications.

Introduction to Programming:

You do not need to be a full-blown programmer to in order to succeed, we recommend having experience using the web, being able to perform a search on Google, and (most importantly) the determination to keep pushing forward.

Programming for Data Science with Python:

There are no prerequisites for this program, aside from basic computer skills. You should feel comfortable performing basic operations on your computer (e.g., opening files, folders, and applications, copying and pasting).

Product Manager:

No prior experience with Product Management is required for this program. You will need to be comfortable with basic computer skills, such as managing files, using third-party online programs, and navigating the Internet through an online browser. You will also need access to a video camera on a computer.

Digital Marketing:

All you need here is to be comfortable navigating online and have basic computer skills.

What are the technical requirements for participating in this program?

The full technical requirements are given here.

What are the criteria for being selected as one of the 5,000 Challenge course participants in a cohort?

The scholarship applications will be evaluated to select those who meet the following requirements.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • STEM graduate or demonstrated evidence of strong interest in pursuing IT and Digital career
  • Consistent access to a laptop
  • Consistent access to strong data network and power supply
  • Commitment to the time required for the program
  • Must give pre-consent during application for Udacity to share data with the bank
  • Recent graduates from School/University or early career professionals are strongly preferred
  • Applicants based in Africa are strongly preferred
  • Though only 5,000 people will be selected to participate in a given Challenge phase cohort, all applicants will receive an email notifying them of the selection decision.

How does the Scholarship application work?

5 different applications will available for students to choose from. There is one application available for each of the available ND tracks in the program. Applicants can submit more than one application, but should only submit an application for the track that you are interested in. You can only be accepted into one track in the cohort.

An application can only be submitted once and cannot be edited or corrected after submission, so make sure your details are very correct before submitting.

Each Scholarship application will consist of two parts: questions on background information and a short pre-assessment. You may save your progress in the Background Information section and come back to it later.

The pre-assessment is unique to each ND track, and it consists of questions to gauge basic computer literacy and logical reasoning. You may save your place in the pre-assessment and resume later.

However, you cannot go back to a question once you have answered or skipped it. Please note: Prerequisite knowledge in the program you wish to pursue is not needed to complete any of the pre-assessments!

Once submitted, you will receive a decision email.

What is the Program language?

English is the required language for this program, and everything including subtitles will be served in English.

Where does the program take place?

The program takes place 100% online. Students can work from wherever they want to, as long as they have a working internet connection.

In fact, after class starts, participants can have classes on their own schedule as long as they complete the course in the predefined time. That is to say, they will have complete access to the course directly in their classroom 24 hours a day.

We understand that students have different schedules and will work on their courses at different times and on different days. What’s important is that students make constant progress each and every week and get through all the content before the end of the course.

How does this Scholarship program work?

The program is divided into two parts;

Phase 1: Challenge Course

10,000 Access Bank Scholarship applicants, will be selected to participate in a Challenge Course, each cohort will consist of 5,000 participants.

During this first phase of the scholarship, students work through one of the five initial Challenge Courses that comprise course text, content, and quizzes for Business Analytics, Intro to Programming, Programming for Data Science with Python, Product Management, or Digital Marketing over the course of 5 weeks.

Learners should be prepared to invest about 3–5 hours per week during this period. Challenge course recipients participating in this initial phase of the program will also engage with classmates in a robust, actively managed, student community.

Phase 2: Nanodegree program

1,000 out of the 10,000 students in the form of 4 rolling cohorts will be awarded a scholarship to Business Analytics, Intro to Programming, Programming for Data Science with Python, Product Management, or Digital Marketing.

Each cohort will consist of 500 full scholarships. Access to these Nanodegree programs includes expert project reviews provided by human project reviewers. Applicants should be prepared to invest about 5–10 hours per week for 2 months.

Do scholarship recipients have to pay anything to participate?

No! The program is completely free to all scholarship recipients.

Are there any requirements for the program? 

To have access to this program, you must possess the following;

  • STEM graduate or demonstrated evidence of strong interest in pursuing an IT and Digital career
  • Consistent access to a laptop
  • Consistent access to the strong data network and power supply
  • Commitment to the time required for the program
  • Must give pre-consent during application for Udacity to share data with the bank
  • Recent graduates from School/University or early career professionals are strongly preferred
  • Applicants based in Africa are strongly preferred

That’s it.

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