Tech Journey Scholarships and Last Mile Education Fund is proud to be a founding investor in the Last Mile Education Fund (LMEF). LMEF helps low-income students stay on track toward the completion of their degrees and pursue careers in technology or engineering fields. The guiding principles of the fund are:

  • Investment in student potential.
  • Support without shame.
  • Persistence over perfection.

From December 2019 to early 2020,, in partnership with LMEF, is soft-launching the Tech Journey Scholarships with a select number of institutions, expanding access thereafter. Financial support is provided in two ways: Bridge and Last Mile funding. Both funding sources are available to students pursuing a computing-related degree at an accredited 2- or 4-year institution of higher education. Current enrollment is not a requirement for receipt of funds.

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Bridge Last Mile
Bridge funding is quick-access funding up to $3,000 that addresses short-term cash-flow issues that can be catastrophic for a low-income student. Example issues include things like car repair or medical bills, food or housing expenses, or unexpected student fees. Bridge funding also provide up-front dollars to access important opportunities that could include conference registration fees, housing or travel expenses related to an internship, or application fees.

Bridge funds are disbursed directly to the student. We work quickly to review applications, verify need, and disperse funds.

Last Mile funding will provide support to students in the final stages of their education journey, up to $12,000. For example, this could mean covering tuition for a 9th semester or 5th year of study.

These funds are disbursed to the academic institution. We perform more extensive review of applications, verify needs, and disperse funds on the timelines set forth by your institution. Preference will be given to those nearest completion of their degrees.

Eligibility for Tech Journey Scholarships Tech Journey Scholarships are awarded through the Last Mile Education Fund to women pursuing technical degrees at our nation’s esteemed Minority Serving Institutions, including both 2- and 4- year institutions. See if your institution is an MSI by reviewing this list from the Center for Minority Serving Institutions.

All applicants for Bridge or Last Mile funds should meet the following criteria:

  • You must be pursuing a technical degree at an accredited 2- or 4-year institution of higher education.
    • Eligible disciplines include, but are not limited to: computer science, computer engineering, electrical engineering, human-computer interaction, math, physics, or management information systems.
  • You must be from an underrepresented group in computing and engineering, including but not limited to:
    • African American, Black, Native American, Alaska Native, Latina, Hispanic, Native Hawaiian, or Pacific Islander.
    • People with disabilities.
    • Veterans.
  • You must be able to demonstrate financial need.

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