Kode with Karlie Scholarship Gives 21 Teen Girls Chance to Learn Software Engineering

May 19, 2015

5:33 pm

In case you didn’t need another reason to love Karlie Kloss (the badass was just featured in Taylor Swift’s recent, feminist-charged music video for “Bad Blood”), the supermodel recently teamed up with the New York, NY-based coding school Flatiron School on a scholarship aimed at introducing teenage girls to software engineering. 21 teen girls were recently announced as winners of this “Kode With Karlie Scholarship”, which will offer them free tuition to Flatiron School’s Introduction to Software Engineering course in its summer Pre-College Academy.

“I was truly inspired by all the applicants for the Kode With Karlie scholarship,” said Karlie Kloss in a statement. “Their depth, creativity and thoughtfulness is a testament to how these young women will change the world through code. It was incredibly difficult to select the recipients, as there were so many qualified and incredible candidates.”

More than 3,000 girls applied for the Kode With Karlie Scholarship. The 21 teen girls selected for the scholarship will go through two weeks of coding through the Flatiron School. These high school students will gain exposure to the essentials of HTML, CSS, and Ruby, as well as utilize that knowledge to build real web apps.

Last year, Kloss gained a lot of attention for her desire to get involved in the women in tech movement. She herself a graduate of the Flatiron School’s programs, the supermodel broke stereotypes when she participated in Code.org’s Hour of Code last December.

The winners of the scholarship include:

  • Emily Yu (Chester, PA)
  • Beatrix Jones (Studio City, PA)
  • Chelsea Abidin (Sebastian, FL)
  • Erin McCluskey (Mooresville, NC)
  • Gretchen Hubbard (Austin, TX)
  • Ayushi Sangoi (Metuchen, NJ)
  • Amanda Southworth (Palm Desert, CA)
  • Leilani Jones (Atlanta, GA)
  • Mari Paine (Quarryville, PA)
  • Juvaria Shahid (Commack, NY)
  • Cindy Zhou (New York, NY)
  • Patricia Edou (Oak Ridge, TN)
  • Michelle Doan (Lawrencevill, GA)
  • Isabella Fons (Katy, TX)
  • Thea McKenna (Plantation, FL)
  • Jewell Brown (Freeport, NY)
  • Louisa Bay (Providence, RI)
  • Sowmya Patapati (Mahwah, NJ)
  • Lydia Herbst (Woodstock, IL)
  • Hannah Breall (Sonoma, CA)
  • Brianna Bazan (Austin, TX)

This isn’t the first or only initiative by the Flatiron School to engage with teens. Earlier this year, it partnered with a handful of schools – including Miami, FL’s Palmer Trinity School – to provide high school students with hands-on training and exposure to careers in technology.

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Ronald Barba was the previous managing editor of Tech.Co. His primary story interests include industry trends, consumer-facing apps/products, the startup lifestyle, business ethics, diversity in tech, and what-is-this-bullsh*t things. Aside from writing about startups and entrepreneurship, Ronald is interested in 'Doctor Who', Murakami, 'The Mindy Project', and fried chicken. He is currently based in New York because he mistakenly studied philosophy in college and is now a "writer". Tweet @RonaldPBarba.

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