Scholarship Fund awards are not just about helping someone have an experience. That experience leads to insight, opportunity, and self-improvement that can yield new friends, new business contacts, new jobs, and even new careers. These outcomes are what drives our donors to help others.
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Just 2.5 years ago, I moved to Pittsburgh to enter the tech industry as a former substitute teacher. Abstractions was the very first conference I’d attended in the city. Code & Supply embraced me as a “coding newbie” and understood that there was no way I’d be able to afford my ticket having moved here with just enough savings to afford my rent. I was able meet some amazing leaders in tech at Abstractions I, many of whom are still some of my greatest friends and mentors. But the cherry on top was my ability to network my way into my very first software development job with The Washington Post, which truly changed my life. Abstractions was awesome and I’m excited to now be able to pay that scholarship forward to another me at Abstractions II.
Unemployed and discouraged after searching for a new job for several months, James˚ attended a conference using a CSSF award, found new enlightenment and rediscovered a love of the community, and was able to parlay that into a job where he was promoted within months of restarting his career at an employer that more closely fit his culture expectations.
In the Spring of 2018, I was thrilled to find out that I had been accepted to speak at the Heartifacts conference, and also that I had received a travel scholarship through the Code & Supply Scholarship Fund! I was excited to attend because I had never heard of such an event that specifically focused on the intersection between software development and mental health.
At Heartifacts, I gave a talk on how to overcome fear of failure. The topic is very close to my heart because I’ve struggled with fear of failure and imposter syndrome for most of my life, and I was even afraid to submit my application for Heartifacts out of the fear that I would be rejected.
At the same time, I was also in the process of applying for new jobs. I had been working in the field of educational technology, and I was interested in finding a new role that would allow me to focus more on technical training. My first conference talk wasn’t recorded, so I decided to use my phone to make sure that I could get a recording of myself speaking at Heartifacts. Once I was back home in Chicago, I took a 7-minute clip of my talk, uploaded it to YouTube as an unlisted video, and then put the link onto my resume as I continued to apply for jobs.
About a month later, I was in the final round of interviews at Cloudbakers, the company where I now work. As I met with several members of the team, including our CEO and CTO, everyone told me how watching that video of me speaking at Heartifacts played such a significant role in their decision to call me in for the interview… and then ultimately hire me. That also opened the door for me to speak with them about all of the other ways that I was positively impacted by my experience at Heartifacts, such as the importance of how to recognize and avoid burnout, and how to communicate in ways that are based on empathy and understanding.
I’m incredibly grateful for the opportunity that I was given through the Code & Supply Scholarship Fund. Being able to speak at Heartifacts truly changed my life for the better, and it has put me in a position where I am able to train and educate others, to help improve their lives, too.
Anonymous, 2018 recipient
As a student of a remote web development bootcamp living in a small town, Code & Supply Scholarship Fund gave me the rare opportunity to meet and interact with real web developers in real life, for which I am very grateful. Without this scholarship, I would not have been able to network, make the contacts I made, or have exposure to new topics and ideas presented in the talks. I left the conference feeling more confident in my ability to be a successful professional in the web development industry.
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