2021 National Coding Symposium – Awards

Five Award Opportunites

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Thanks to the generous donations from industry leaders Vispero, Humanware, and APH, and non-profit organizations the California School for the Blind Parents and Friends Association and the California School for the Blind Education Foundation, we are thrilled to announce five separate award opportunities for student attendees at the 2021 National Coding Symposium. Each selected student award winner will receive a credit of up to $3000 towards the purchase of technology from one of these manufacturers and a $200 Amazon gift card

These incredible awards can be used to purchase braille displays, video magnifiers, or other unique technology with the intention that award recipients will be even further motivated to continue their interests in coding and advancing their technology skills. Check out the websites to see the extensive number of products available:

For more information about the California School for the Blind Parents and Friends Association and the California School for the Blind Education Foundation or to support these organizations visit the California School for the Blind website.

Student Award Submission Requirements

Please complete the Google Form, 2021 Coding Symposium Student Award Opportunity to submit your award.

If you are selected as a winner we will need your media release permission as a condition of receiving the scholarship. If you are under 18 years of age, your parent or guardian will need to submit a signed permission electronically. The media release is included in the Google Form.

Information regarding award opportunity eligibility includes:

  • Eligibility is limited to middle school, high school, and college-aged students who are visually impaired and interested in a career related to coding.
  • Each applicant must complete the scholarship application form and submit a typewritten .pdf or Google Doc essay of 500 words or less.

Essay Prompt:

  • Why do you want to study/pursue coding?
    • Consider reflecting on what inspires you to want to pursue learning more about coding. Are you interested in a career in programming, or are you interested in learning coding to gain entry to another career path or for another reason? Do not let this prompt limit you, but please explain how you enjoy the process of coding and how you believe it has the potential to impact and effect change.

Your essay will be judged on the following:

  • Submitted on or before Friday, May 7, 2021
  • Did you submit a complete application (Google Form and essay sent in together)?
  • Does your essay answer the prompt?
  • Is your essay at, or just under, the 500-word maximum word count?
  • Is your essay cohesive, clear, and organized?
  • Does your essay inspire the judging committee to believe in your future to seek employment in, or related to, coding?

If you have any questions about the National Coding Symposium’s scholarship application please contact scholarship & prize coordinator Jessica Chao at jchao@csb-cde.ca.gov