In partnership with Google, the University of Virginia will offer any current or former Google Career students a $5,000 scholarship to further their education.
Students who hold a Google Career in one of its five programs can receive a one-time scholarship of $5,000 for UVA Continuing Professional Schools and Continuing Studies to complete a bachelor’s degree. This offer is only available to the university’s part-time online programs for the Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies or Bachelor of Professional Studies in Health Sciences.
The scholarship will be available to students accepted for the Fall 2022 semester.
Alex Hernandez, dean of UVA and UVA’s School of Professional and Professional Studies, said that while 50,000 people across the United States currently have Google degrees, 60% do not have a bachelor’s degree.
Google created Google Career Certifications in 2018 to help individuals gain skills relevant to what they saw as in-demand jobs, such as project management and user experience design. No prior education or experience is required to enroll, and students can finish their program within three to six months.
Students with a degree will have the same amount of time as other students to complete their studies. All students in UVA’s SCPS will have seven years to finish their programs.
“UVA is committed to helping working adults complete their bachelor’s degrees, so by partnering with Google, we can create an opportunity for people trying to navigate this digital economy,” Hernandez said.
Google Career Certification students are notified by email about this opportunity. UVA does not have a specific goal in mind for the scholarship, but expects that the number of applicants will rise in the coming years.
Lisa Gevelber, Founder grow with googleHe said the students who obtained the certificate will be matched with a number of jobs. More than 150 companies, including Verizon and Walmart, consider Google Certification alumni for their roles.
Gevelber also claims that student earnings increase with a Google degree.
“We are proud that the program connects people to jobs — we don’t just provide training,” Gevelber said.
UVA joins other universities, such as Arizona State University and Northeastern University, in the Google Career Certificate Program.
“Bachelor’s remains the most powerful of all degrees when it comes to job prospects and earnings potential. This partnership is another path for people to build a better life,” Hernandez said.
For more information about the program, those interested can visit scps.virginia.edu.