The Iron Yard announced last week a partnership with Code Fellows and Operation HOPE to launch a $40m Tech Opportunity Fund for some free tuition in 2017 across their nationwide network of 21 coding schools.
These ‘diversity scholarships’ are reserved exclusively for women and minorities, beginning in 2017.
Greenville, South Carolina-based Iron Yard opened a Minneapolis chapter in January, 2016, and has since completed one cohort, with upcoming Front-End and Back-End Engineering slated for October 17.
The Iron Yard has six Minneapolis cohorts scheduled for 2017 which equates to approximately 12 full-tuition scholarships throughout the year, repeated for five years, says The Iron Yard spokesperson Stacy Merrick. Regular cost for the 12 week immersive courses run about $13,900.
Applications for Tech Opportunity Fund scholarships will open before January 2017 and prospective students can apply at www.techopportunityfund.org.
Another notable coding school in Minnesota, Prime Digital Academy, has previously offered $500 diversity scholarships, but is not involved in the Opportunity Fund like The Iron Yard. Earlier this year, Minnesota-based Capella Education Company purchased DevMountain and Hackbright Academy, a coding camp specifically for women.