Last year, Docker announced our inaugural Docker Scholarship Program in partnership with Hack Reactor. The 2017 scholarship to Hack Reactor’s March cohort is now open and accepting applications.
The scholarship includes full tuition to Hack Reactor, pending program acceptance, and recipients will be paired with a Docker mentor.
Applications will be reviewed and candidates who are accepted into the Hack Reactor program and meet Docker’s criteria will be invited to Docker HQ for a panel interview with Docker team members. Scholarships will be awarded based on acceptance to the Hack Reactor program, demonstration of personal financial need and quality of application responses. The Docker scholarship is open to anyone who demonstrates a commitment to advancing equality in their community. All gender and gender identities are encouraged to apply. Click here for more information.
*APPLICATiON PERIOD IS NOW CLOSED.
We are excited to introduce our 2016 Docker scholarship recipients, Maurice Okumu and Savaughn Jones!
In their own words, learn more about Maurice and Savaughn below:
My name is Maurice Okumu and I was born and raised in Kenya. I came to the USA about three years ago after having lived in Dubai for more than five years where I met my wife while she was working for the military and based in Germany. We have a new baby born on the 24th of October 2016 whom we named Jared Russel.
I started coding more than one year ago and most of my knowledge I gained online on platforms such a s Khan Academy and Code Academy. Then I learned about Telegraph Academy and what they represented and was immediately drawn towards it. Telegraph aims to bridge the technology gap between the underrepresented in the field.
I am so excited that soon I will be able to seemingly create stuff out of thin air, and I am particularly excited about the prospect that I will be able to create animations and bring joy and laughter to people through my animations as I remember growing up and seeing cartoons and how they made my day every time I watched them. Being able to be a small part of a community that will continue spreading laughter and happiness in the world is what really excites me in technology.
I have been attending Hack Reactor for two weeks now and it has been such a joy to learn so much stuff in such a short period of time. The learning pace at hack reactor is very fast and very enjoyable at the same time because everyday I go home fulfilled with the thought that I am growing and becoming a better programmer each and every single day.
I would love to work for a medium to large company after graduation and learn even more about coding. I would also love to teach coding to kids and capture their imagination through technology. The support I am getting in my journey to become a software engineer is just amazing and overwhelming and it makes this journey very enjoyable and smoother than most undertakings I have been involved with.
How did you hear about the Docker scholarship?
My college friend and Hack Reactor alumni told me about the Docker scholarship. I think he found out about it through a blog post.
Why did you choose Hack Reactor/Telegraph Academy and what excites you about coding?
Two of my college friends completed the Hack Reactor program and their lives improved exponentially. I have always wanted to get into coding and I heard that Hack Reactor was the Harvard of coding bootcamps.
You’ve been in the program a few weeks, describe your experience so far. What have you enjoyed the most?
I am amazed at how much I have learned in two months. I was always skeptical about learning enough to deserve the title of software engineer. The most amazing thing is the ability to learn new things.
What are your goals/plans after graduation?
I have applied for a Hacker in Residence position at Hack Reactor. It would be like a paid internship of sorts. Otherwise, my plan is to get a job ASAP and continue to pick up new skills and technologies. My ultimate goals are to develop for augmented reality platforms and start my own augmented reality based tabletop gaming company.