Nashville Software School (NSS), the nation’s first nonprofit software bootcamp, announces today it has received a $25,000 grant from Truist Foundation to offer scholarships to students from underrepresented groups. NSS will issue 25 scholarships of $1,000 each to students enrolled in 2022-23 programs through its Opportunity Tuition initiative. More than 55% of NSS students are from groups underrepresented in tech careers, including people of color, women and veterans.
“We’re grateful for this generous grant from the Truist Foundation which will help motivated adults transition into tech careers and improve their economic mobility,” says John Wark, founder and CEO, Nashville Software School. “Our unique Nashville Opportunity Tuition initiative helps to open doors to tech careers for the financially disadvantaged and members of underrepresented groups. It also directly contributes to a larger and more diverse tech workforce.”
NSS has graduated more than 2,000 students from over 100 cohorts in four different career pathways since its founding in 2012. The placement rate of graduates into tech jobs is consistently at 90% with alumni finding jobs at 400+ employers in Middle Tennessee as software developers, data analysts, data scientists and IT administrators.
“We’re delighted to award this grant to Nashville Software School to introduce more diverse students to a tech career by reducing a financial barrier,” says Johnny Moore, Tennessee regional president for Truist. “The economic impact on the lives of graduates encapsulates Truist’s purpose of inspiring and building better lives, and we’re proud to provide these scholarships.”