BDPA-DC Welcomes new Training Scholarships for HBCU Seniors and Graduates Earning Industry Certifications with HOPE Project Online

WASHINGTON—The H.O.P.E. Project DMV (HOPE) is accepting applications for next semester’s online STEM certification offering of its renowned and award winning community information technology (IT) training and workforce development  program. Since 2009, HOPE has successfully launched exciting technology careers through programs uniquely designed to prepare students from ages 16-24 for mission-critical entry-level positions such as Helpdesk, Desktop, Service Management,  and Application support.

BDPA of Greater Washington, D.C. (BDPA-DC) in direct support of National BDPA’s mission and the association’s HBCU student member objectives, is partnering with HOPE to provide training and certification scholarships directly to HBCU students or recent HBCU graduates who are accepted into HOPE’s online training programs.  

BDPA-DC extends its “Industry 4.0” Student Information Technology Education and Scholarship  (SITES IV) portfolio to include HOPE’s CompTIA A+, Network+, and Security+ training, certification test preparation to compliment next summer’s STEM internship applications or college degrees for immediate entry-level opportunities across the (ICT) industry with BDPA’s mission-partners

BDPA-DC extends its “Industry 4.0” Student Information Technology Education and Scholarship  (SITES IV) portfolio to include HOPE’s CompTIA A+, Network+, and Security+ training, certification test preparation to compliment next summer’s STEM internship applications or college degrees for immediate entry-level opportunities across the (ICT) industry with BDPA’s mission-partners

About H.O.P.E. Project DMV

The H.O.P.E. Project (HOPE) mission is to empower students to reach their potential by providing a comprehensive information technology training program, designed for students out of high school and at least 18 years old. Since 2009 HOPE Project  has trained, coached, and mentored nearly 2,000 IT students that have an average salary of nearly $65,000 a year.  HOPE has helped students earn over 2,200 CompTIA A+, Network+ and Security+ certifications.  These credentials have helped HOPE alumni build IT careers working as Cyber Security Engineers, Systems Administrators, Mobile Device Engineers, and IT Project Managers.  Visit:


The association’s global mission as outlined by National BDPA is to bridge digital divides across cyber security, information technology (IT) and telecommunications competency gaps while broadening outreach and awareness campaigns for computer, data science, and technical careers. Since 1978, BDPA of Greater Washington, D.C. (BDPA-DC) has successfully presented Student Information Technology Education and Scholarship (SITES) projects across the National Capital Region support career development and economic development through well blended and tailored series of student programs, industry outreach, community relations, and legislative affairs primarily for urban and underserved communities.   Visit:

— Photo courtesy: HOPE Project DMV


Cognizant offering $cholarships to STEM and Business Students

TEANECK, NJ—Cognizant is an American multinational corporation that provides digital, technology, consulting, and operations services. Cognizant believes that more diversity in the talent pool leads to more diversity of thought, improved creativity in solving problems, greater innovation and delivers a distinct business advantage in today’s competitive global and digital economy.

Completely Cognizant is our commitment to diversity:

  • Our People: Our associates are ambassadors of diversity, representing Cognizant’s commitment to a rich and dynamic work environment
  • Our Culture: We purposefully design our culture to empower our employees and leaders to become catalysts for diversity
  • Our Clients: Our diversity provides a broad foundation for supporting our global clients, helping us span cultural, political and social differences
  • Our Community: We are committed to creating educational opportunities that strengthen and develop a diverse global work force.

cognizant17Cognizant’s Accelerate Diversity scholarship program addresses the conundrum that while the future has never looked brighter for Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math (STEM) careers, there is evidence that these exciting careers are failing to attract broad segments of our population. This unique scholarship is designed from a Cognizant perspective to identify and develop diverse talent for the Future of Work.

Students are eligible to submit an application for consideration if they are:

  • Currently enrolled as a sophomore or junior at an accredited 4 year college
  • Enrolled as a STEM  or Business major with a focus on pursuing a career in IT and related business services
  • Able to demonstrate commitment to the value of diversity
    (see application requirements)
  • A citizen or legal permanent resident of the United States

Amount: Award amounts are $5,000. The award will be payable to the institution earmarked for the account of the student. The award is non-transferable and the recipient may not receive cash.

Application Deadline: March 31, 2017

How to Apply: To access the application and scholarship guidelines visit Cognizant Technology Solutions at:

Send completed application and email inquiries to:  

Source: Cognizant
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Zycron Awards Scholarships to BDPA Student Members

Alston Clark uses his Zycron $cholarship at Howard University

COLLEGE PARK, MD—BDPA Education and Technology Foundation (BETF) is proud to announce that Zycron awarded a $2,500 college scholarship to five (5) students. One of those students is Alston Clark of Howard University.  Zycron is an international information technology services and solutions firm headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee. Since 1991, Zycron has offered IT solutions to a broad client base, and today is the primary provider for numerous Fortune 500 companies.

zycron16-alstonclarkAlston loves working on difficult problems and relating abstract concepts into realistic solutions. Born in St. Paul, Minnesota, Alston developed a love for science and technology at an early age. Currently a computer science major at Howard University, Alston enjoys finding ways to use technology to help positive social causes. During his free time, Alston can be found playing guitar or exploring the city with this brothers and sister. After college, Alston plans on working in industry for a number of years as a software engineer.

When asked to share his thoughts on being a Zycron scholar, Alston wrote“During my freshman year in high school, I participated in BDPA High School Computer Competition. This was my first experience with coding and it opened my eyes to new possibilities. My instructor challenged myself and my teammates to be greater. I will never forget his class nor his advice. Being a member of the BDPA has benefited me in high school, and continues to help me reach my goals in college. I am extremely grateful for this organization.”

BDPA is blessed to have such a young and talented BDPA Student Member on board as winner of the Zycron Scholarship. National BDPA’s Washington, D.C. Chapter (BDPA-DC) will serve as Host Chapter. We look forward to supporting Alston’s career as he seeks to advance in the technology industry!

Source and BDPA photo: BDPA Education and Technology Foundation (BETF)

BDPA Student Members Invited to Apply for Apple’s HBCU Scholars Program

WASHINGTON (TMCF/bdpatoday)—The Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) in partnership with Apple is proud to present the Apple HBCU Scholars Program to outstanding students with a minimum 3.25 GPA who will be graduating between December 2017 and May 2018.

BDPA Student Members lead  regional IT Showcase programs and Meetups with ICT industry.

Selected Scholars will participate in a 12-week internship during the summer before their senior year, and will receive up to $25,000 in scholarship funding based on individual financial needs that will be applied to their final year of study.  Each scholar will have an Apple mentor throughout their experience, receive an opportunity to develop key skills, enhance their resumes and help launch their careers through the hands-on experience gained at one of the top tech companies in the world.

Select here to apply. The deadline for eligible students is Sunday evening, October 16, 2016, no later than 11:59 EST.

As scholars, eligible BDPA Student Members will have the opportunity to:

  • Participate in an Apple HBCU Immersion experience in Silicon Valley—Cupertino, California in early 2017
  • Participate in a 12-week internship with Apple in Cupertino, California during the summer of 2017
  • Be awarded a need-based scholarship to help defray the costs (such as tuition, mandatory fees, room and board, books and supplies) of their senior year of study
  • Participate in various development activities to help prepare for post-graduation careers
  • Receive on-going coaching and guidance from an experienced Apple employee
  • Serve as Ambassadors on their HBCU or PBI (Predominately Black Institution) campuses to build awareness for the Apple and TMCF HBCU Initiative

Although this opportunity is open to students of all disciplines, this is a very highly competitive program targeting Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) students. BDPA Student membership is not required; however, participation in BDPA programs will add tremendous value to student member applications. Select here to discover more and review eligibility criteria.

— Sources: Apple and Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF)
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