After asking Treehouse Founder Ryan Carson whether or not employers would ever take online learning seriously, he admitted the technology education startup already had a built-in solution. The solution then was that Treehouse has an agreement with big name brands, including Facebook and Simple, guaranteeing Treehouse developers get looked at during any application process. Today, however, Treehouse has offered a separate alternative.
Treehouse has announced they’re donating $3 million worth of online tech education accounts to 2,500 college students who are interested in becoming the next generation of designers, coders and educators. The company writes:
Secondary education in the US is at an all-time high, and tuition is only increasing. Treehouse is creating this scholarship because we believe in the power of self-learning and self-improvement. We’re giving away 2,500, 2-year long Treehouse subscriptions to students that are passionate about the web.
The only criteria to apply is that students must be attending school in the U.S., have a valid .edu e-mail address, love learning and submit their application before September 19.
The Treehouse library boasts over 500 training videos covering web design, web development and iOS development. Users do need to pay anywhere from $9 to $49 for content, yet it hasn’t deterred anyone, considering more than 12,000 students have paid for access to the platform. As Ryan said in a previous interview, “We think people want to pay for education. People associate paying with quality.”
For those who’d still prefer receiving classes for free, however, click here to apply.