This is not how we’d imagined rolling out a scholarship to help queer moms onramp to careers in technology. Prior to the shootings at Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, we had envisioned the announcement to be wholly celebratory, not mournful and defiant.
Yet here we are, 50 people dead and 53 more injured due to the cancer that is homophobia steeped in bigotry, and a lack of sensible laws to curb the gun violence that has resulted in a full-blown crisis and epidemic.
The toll in death and injury in Orlando represents the worst mass shooting in history to date, outnumbering that of Virginia Tech, Newtown, and San Bernardino. And we say ‘to date’ because we’ve already had 1,000 mass shootings in the last 1,260 days.
This is not the world we want for ourselves, nor our children. We are so much better than this.
So with tears in our eyes and hurt in our hearts, we present to you the MotherCoders Solidarity Scholarship Fund, one small but powerful way we are honoring the victims of the Orlando massacre.
Money raised for the MotherCoders Solidarity Scholarship Fund will go toward supporting one queer mom in each MotherCoders class session going forward. Our goal is to make this a fully-funded scholarship that offsets the $3,000 nominal cost to participate in our signature tech orientation program so that a queer mom can attend for free.
The purpose of this scholarship is to help queer moms thrive in the digital economy by providing them with an opportunity to gain the technical skills, industry knowledge, and peer and professional support needed to successfully onramp to a career in tech.
The first scholarship to be awarded will be for our Summer 2016 session in San Francisco, which begins on Monday, July 18. Scholarship applications for this round will be due at midnight on Thursday, June 30. (Apply now)
How you can help
Attend this event. Catalyst Conversations with Tina Lee. Thurs, June 16, 2016 at 6:30pm. Location: General Assembly in San Francisco. Cost: $16/person. All ticket sales will go toward funding the MotherCoders Solidarity Scholarship Fund.
Tell a queer mom (or 2 or 3) about this scholarship and encourage her to apply here.
To Queer Moms
If you, yourself, are queer and identify as being a woman in a way that’s significant to you, we highly encourage to apply. In this darkness, we need you to shine your light. We see you. We love you. We want you. And your kids, too.
Love is love is love is love.
Tina Lee, MotherCoders
Leanne Pittsford, Lesbians Who Tech
Lindsay Jean Thomson and Kim Hunter, Women Catalysts