Girls Who Code is giving away $1 million to underprivileged girls

Girls who code offering scholarships for summer classes

Girls Who Code, a national nonprofit that is helping ensure that more females learn computer programming, is giving away $1 million in scholarships to high school girls who want to take part in its popular summer programs.

While the coding and tech classes are free, CEO Reshma Saujani said the additional funds are an attempt to help bridge the opportunity gap.

“We found a lot of girls needed to have [some compensation] to replace their summer job or pay for transportation,” said Saujani.

“I, personally, was one of those girls,” said Saujani, who started the organization in 2012. “Even if i were passionate about coding, I wouldn’t have been able to participate.”

Girls Who Code host the free classes in 11 cities. The classes run for seven weeks and are open to high school junior and seniors.

Girls Who Code is using $800,000 of its operational costs, plus donations from General Electric and individual sponsors, to foot the bill.

Scholarship amounts will likely range between $400 to $1,400, depending on how many girls apply.

Girls who take part in the courses can choose between a variety of tech specializations, including web development, design, robotics and mobile development.

The non-profit expects 1,560 girls are expected to take part in its program this year. That’s up from 1,200 last year.