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How To: Get Selected for the Hack Reactor Scholarship

By now you’ve already heard that Hack Reactor has announced a 1.3 million dollar scholarship fund to be invested in students who are interested in joining our program.

Over the next 2 years our first goal is to provide $1.3 million dollars of  full tuition scholarships to one of our nationwide campuses or remote programs. Our second goal is to increase diversity and awareness by making sure at least 50% of scholarships go to students from underrepresented backgrounds.

My name is Albrey Brown and I am the Founder of Telegraph Academy, a Hack Reactor backed coding bootcamp specifically geared toward people of color. In 2014 I went to Hack Reactor, worked as a Hacker In Residence, and spent the past year building Telegraph Academy which is now baked into the Hack Reactor program as the Telegraph Track.

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Telegraph Track provides students from underrepresented backgrounds  with an extra layer of non-technical support while they attend Hack Reactor SF through mentorship, additional career training, and networking opportunities with reps from companies who are interested in building diverse workplaces.

Needless to say I know how to get you prepared for Hack Reactor, but more importantly, how to best position yourself for the Hack Reactor scholarship.

Here are 5 things you should be thinking about when applying for the Hack Reactor scholarship:

Don’t procrastinate.

Start your application now. The first deadline date for the Hack Reactor scholarship December 1st and it will take a lot more work than you might think. We estimate that a good application probably takes about 8 to 12 hours to complete.

Keep in mind that this doesn't include prep time for the technical interview which you are required to pass before officially receiving the scholarship.

Separate yourself from the pack.

The application is split up into two parts one written, and one submitted by video.  As you go through the first section, give yourself time to read through each question and provide a thoughtful answer. I’d recommend having someone you trust read over it as well. Your written application is our window into your purpose and drive, and if you don’t spend time crafting your story then you’re shooting yourself in the foot from the get go.

In the second section we challenge you to post a <1 minute tutorial on something you’re good at. As you’ll learn when you join our program; the best way to learn is to teach! Over the past 2 weeks we’ve received countless videos of prospective students teaching us about the skills that make them special. From cooking, to parkour, to handstands, we’ve even learned how to tie our shoelaces more efficiently.

The video is our window into your creativity and communication skills. Make sure you spend some time making sure it’s organized, fun, and that it provides actual benefit to the people watching.

Inspire your community.

Heavily promote your video to your social media community using the hashtag #morethancoding.

We want to see that you have advocates that are rooting for you, as well as the passion to share this opportunity with others. The further your reach, the more likely you are to be chosen to move forward in the process.

Start mastering JavaScript today.

As you work through the non-technical sections of the scholarship process, it is important to keep in mind the required technical skills needed to receive the scholarship.

You must be accepted to Hack Reactor before you can officially receive the scholarship.

What does it take to be accepted into Hack Reactor? You must demonstrate intermediate to advanced level JavaScript skills as well as a practiced discipline in problem solving like a software engineer.

Basic JavaScript Skills: arrays, objects, for loops, if and else statements, array methods, operators

Intermediate to Advanced: scopes, call, apply, arguments, closures, higher order functions.

Software Engineering practices: navigating the console, debugging, effectively communicating your written code, translating already written code to english, testing.

If you read that list and feel prepared, apply through the Hack Reactor website and set up an interview immediately.

If you’re not sure whether you’re prepared or not but are feeling good about your skills, sign up for an interview anyway. Although we have an interview limit the first one is not pass or fail. You should use it as a litmus test for the things you should focus on to get ready. We are dedicated to the success of every student, and will let you know what you need to work,sometimes, we’ll even provide a little extra support to help you break through.

If you’re uncertain that you’re ready for the interview, take a look at one of our Prep Programs. Our Prep programs span from 4 to 7 weeks, and have a high benchmark for success in training students who are interested in being admitted to our program.

Develop a backup plan.

My last piece of advice is this: always have a backup plan.

Over 2 years Hack Reactor has worked toward making our program more affordable for those who can’t afford the tuition and/or living expenses necessary to succeed. Our financing options are top notch and built to make scholarships like these unnecessary.

If you are serious about becoming a Software Engineer this scholarship is a wonderful thing. However, if you do not receive it know that we have many options that will make your transition to Software Engineering a reality.

If you have any questions about our financing options you can email us at admissions@hackreactor.com.

 

Thank you for reading! I hope these tips were helpful and that you continue to work toward making your goal become a reality. I am looking forward to reading through your applications.

As always, happy coding!

Albrey