Grand Circus and NCWIT to offer Full-Tuition Scholarships to Women in Michigan

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We believe that the tech community should reflect the diversity of our community.

Since we first opened our doors in 2013, we’ve helped hundreds of women learn to code and break into the tech industry. We’re committed to the belief that everyone should have access to a tech career. And we live it. We’ve offered Grand Circus-funded partial scholarships, hosted events and meetups, and helped break down barriers to a career in tech in Michigan through programs like Develop(HER).

We’re excited to announce our partnership with the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) to continue this important work. Together, Grand Circus and NCWIT are helping women, genderqueer, and non-binary individuals start their careers in tech.

NCWIT will fund the full cost of tuition for any 2020 Grand Circus bootcamp including our daytime and after-hours options. With the help of NCWIT and this generous funding, we are improving access to anyone who may have not seen themselves in tech to start a career in this industry.

Women make up 47% of the workforce, but only 25% of the tech industry.

How to Qualify for a Full Scholarship

Individuals in Michigan who self-identify as women, genderqueer, or non-binary may be eligible for the NCWIT Aspirations in Computing Michigan Digital Skills Pilot Program. This is a full scholarship generously underwritten by NCWIT. If you’re re-entering the workforce with interest in a computing/technology career; considering changing careers with a new career in computing/technology; already in a technical computing role but wish to advance their career with additional digital skills you may be eligible. Applicants must meet NCWIT application requirements and Grand Circus requirements.

How to Apply for Your Fully-Funded Bootcamp

  • Submit your Bootcamp Application: We’d like to get to know where you are at and how a bootcamp supports your goals 
  • Submit your application to be considered for NCWIT funding: Select your desired language and program at Grand Circus

You’ll notice many of the questions are the same across both applications so make sure to write your responses first so you can submit to both applications. Applicants need to meet NCWIT criteria and Grand Circus criteria but rest assured, both are designed to ensure we’re helping folks like you meet your goal of a new tech career.


The National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) is a non-profit community of more than 1,240 universities, companies, non-profits, and government organizations nationwide working to increase the influential and meaningful participation of girls and women—at the intersections of race, ethnicity, class, age, sexual orientation, and disability status—in the field of computing, particularly in terms of innovation and development. NCWIT equips change leaders with resources for taking action in recruiting, retaining, and advancing women from K-12 and higher education through industry and entrepreneurial careers. Find out more here