Written by Administrator on 16th September 2015, 5:36 PM

MIAMI, FL- The Knight Foundation’s Future Leaders of Tech Scholarship Program today announced two of nine Wyncode students who will receive a full scholarship to attend Wyncode’s Web Immersive coding program. The recipients are: Arielle Dickey and Henry Arbolaez.

Supported by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Future Leaders of Tech aims to provide financial assistance for residents of low income neighborhoods in Miami Dade county that are entrepreneurially minded and looking to enter the city’s growing local tech scene. The scholarship fully covers the cost of Wyncode Academy’s intensive nine week Immersive Web Development program gives anyone the skills necessary to begin a career in coding.

The finalists were selected by a panel of judges composed of three leaders from the Miami tech scene: Brian Brackeen, CEO of Kairos, a company specializing in facial recognition software; Kiesha Moodie, the Director of Alumni Engagement for Teach For America; and Widny St. Louis, a Wyncode alumni. The panelists conducted interviews with the finalists and chose the winners based on their motivation, determination, ambition, and future goals.

“Our mission at Wyncode is to give anyone the skills and tools to begin a career in coding,” says our co-founder Juha Mikkola. “The future growth of Miami’s innovation ecosystem relies on the ability to build a community of entrepreneurs that reflects the diversity of our city,” says the Miami program director for The Knight Foundation Matt Haggman. “Wyncode is giving South Florida residents the skills they need to not only learn how to code, but to engage in their community and contribute to the success of their city.”

As Wyncode students the winners of the scholarship will have the opportunity to meet with our hiring partners (which include Watsco Ventures, MDLIVE, Kipu Systems, and Cloud Logistics to name a few) upon completion of the Web Immersive Program. The hiring partners are successful tech companies in search of intelligent thinkers to join their growing teams.

Brian Brackeen, the CEO of Kairo,  states: “I’m over the moon excited to be playing a role in in the Knight Foundation Future Leaders Scholarship selection process. I have seen firsthand, the impact that Wyncode has on lives, and families here in Miami. We are not just talking about a highly marketable skill, we are talking about ending the cycle of poverty in affected communities. The leadership of the Knight Foundation, and of Johanna, Juha, and team Wyncode is exactly what makes #MiamiTech so special. We are one community, with one goal, – a better Miami.”

The scholarship application window for next cohort’s scholarships opens on September 16.