July 20, 2022

CodeHouse Receives $1M Grant To Expand Scholars Initiative

Non-profit tech platform, CodeHouse, has received a $1 million grant from Google.org to commence its second year of the CodeHouse Scholars Initiative (CHSI). 

The program provides opportunities for Black and Latinx students aspiring to enter the STEM industry. It is committed to building a diverse tech workforce in the US and offers four years of mentorship to underrepresented students attending HBCUs to help them kickstart a career in STEM.

CodeHouse, co-founded in 2019 by Morehouse alumni Ernest HolmesJaycee Holmes, and Tavis Thompson, focuses on tackling the diversity gap in the tech industry. Their initiative program provides mentorship from professionals of color to high school and college students to help enhance their professional and technical skills ahead of the school year. 

“We’re proud of the strides we made during the CodeHouse Scholars Initiative’s inaugural year, and today marks another important step in our journey to improve diverse representation in the tech industry,” said Ernest Holmes, co-founder and president of CodeHouse.

“Since CodeHouse’s founding, we’ve been able to reach thousands of students of color in the Atlanta area and equip them with the tools they need to pursue careers in tech successfully.

“With this grant from Google.org, we’re able to take our efforts to the next level and impact the lives of thousands more. The time is now to increase diverse representation in tech, and we couldn’t be more thrilled to receive this generous funding to support us in our mission to do so.” 

CHSI launched in 2021, has provided extensive support for students looking to break into the tech industry. 

The ground-breaking funding from Google will see a select number of students awarded $20,000 in academic scholarships, professional development, and exclusive one-on-one mentorship. The grant will also expand the platform’s initiatives to more students attending HBCUs, furthering the organization’s reach.

Kumba Kpakima

Kumba Kpakima is a reporter at POCIT. A documentary about the knife crime epidemic in the UK got her a nomination for the UK's #30toWatch Young Journalists of the Year.