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Expanded Access: The Access Scholarship in the wake of COVID-19

Posted by Flatiron School  /  April 15, 2020

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Flatiron School is a community of life-long learners and career changers, finding connections as students, instructors, and learning communities, both online and in-person. Co-founders, Adam Enbar (CEO) and Avi Flombaum (Chief Innovation Officer) came together with a shared mission: to create an alternative education model that provided students with the 21st-century tech skills necessary to succeed and land tech jobs in a booming tech world. Even in year one, when we were in a small, second-floor walk-up in the Flatiron District of Manhattan, our mission was to enable the pursuit of a better life through education. For almost a decade, we have continued to inspire a new generation of tech innovators.

Our Access Scholarship commitment represents an investment of over $1.5 million to the futures of more than 500 students across all our campuses.

We have grown beyond being a coding bootcamp, now offering instruction in data science, UX/UI design, and cybersecurity – three of the most in-demand tech skills for the jobs of the future. With that growth, we have also seen the need for diversity of thought and ideas within the tech space. Our students have proven that when unique perspectives come together to ideate and problem-solve, innovation is the result. With technology evolving at the speed of light, we are committed to increasing access to those with the skills and knowledge to succeed in the ever-changing digital economy. The Access Scholarship is our commitment to this idea. 

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to shift the ground beneath all of us, we began looking for ways to help those who are currently facing employment uncertainty. To strengthen our investment of support for learners and career-changers during this time of unprecedented disruption, Flatiron School leadership decided to expand the criteria for The Access Scholarship to encompass those who have been impacted by COVID-19. The new expanded criteria include those whose ability to earn an income is affected by COVID-19, including those who are/have been:

  • unable to work remotely, 

  • laid off, 

  • furloughed, or

  • lost wages

Flatiron School is here to support our communities; they are at the core of all we do. As each day of the COVID-19 crisis brings about new challenges, we want to help those interested in learning new tech skills feel confident about navigating this uncharted future. We recognize the difficulty that comes with deciding to change your career and learn new skills. However, we want to respond to these emerging needs and growing uncertainty by offering this new expanded criteria to our communities. You can find more information about The Access Scholarship, the requirements, and application guidelines at https://flatironschool.com/access/.