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Announcing Our Brand Unification: MakerSquare Becomes Hack Reactor & $1.3M Hack Reactor Scholarship

Dear Hack Reactor Community,

I am thrilled to announce the unification of all of our schools under the Hack Reactor brand, as well as the launch of the Hack Reactor Scholarship Fund, where we are offering over $1.3 million dollars in scholarships over the next 2 years.

In 2012, we launched Hack Reactor. Our drive, innovation, and focus on community quickly established us as one of the best coding immersive programs in the country. In 2015, we acquired Makersquare, a school with a similar DNA to Hack Reactor, to broaden our footprint across the country. Shortly after, a pair of Hack Reactor alumni partnered with us to open Telegraph Academy.

After a year of partnership with these schools, we’ve decided the best way to move forward in accomplishing our goals in software education is to operate all schools under a unified Hack Reactor brand. Each campus has undergone a thorough and complete instruction and admissions standardization process to ensure the same high quality of education that Hack Reactor is known for.

Subject to regulatory approval, MakerSquare’s network of schools are rebranded as Hack Reactor Austin, Hack Reactor Los Angeles, Hack Reactor San Francisco and Hack Reactor New York City. Telegraph Academy is integrated into Hack Reactor’s immersive programs as the “The Telegraph Track,” a pilot program providing additional mentorship, career counseling and community support to underrepresented groups in tech.

As part of this unification of schools, we're also standardizing our pricing structure and centralizing our admissions process. Tuition will be the same across all campuses at $17,780. Students will be able to interview once and be admitted to any of our campuses.

New Scholarship Opportunities:

Beginning January 2017, we will distribute more than $1.3 million in scholarships over two years that is entirely funded by our school. The scholarship is open to all applicants and will be awarded based on the merit of their submission. We’ve appointed Alexandra Cavoulacos, co-founder and COO of The Muse, and Alaina Percival, the CEO of Women Who Code, among others, to our Scholarship Advisory Board.

To emphasize our efforts to bridge the diversity and inclusion gap in technology, at least 50 percent of the scholarships awarded will be dedicated to prospective students from underrepresented groups, including women, people of color and members of the LGBTQ community.

To learn more about the Hack Reactor Scholarship and to apply, please visit

We’re excited about these changes, and will continue to reaffirm our commitment in providing the most transformative educational experience for a successful career in software engineering.


Tony Phillips

CEO, Hack Reactor