The Synchrony Tech Careers Scholarship supports autistic adults interested in obtaining technology-related certifications and pursuing a career in the tech sector. This includes, but is not limited to, the following areas: game/app development, cybersecurity, web development, machine learning, data analytics, cloud computing, ethical hacking, and artificial intelligence. Two or four-year degree programs are not eligible for this scholarship.
The scholarship is open to all autistic adults 18 years of age or older who are eligible to work in the United States and have a documented medical or educational autism diagnosis. The selected certification program must be able to be completed within approximately 1 year of the award date. Preference will be given to applicants registered on the Hire Autism website
We exclusively use an online application system. Visit our website to access the application portal. Our scholarship application contains basic contact information, date of diagnosis, certification/program information, and four short essay questions. One letter of recommendation from a non-relative is required. Applicants are expected to complete the applications on their own.
Due to the sensitive nature of medical information and the volume of applications we receive, the application process assumes the applicant has an autism diagnosis from a licensed medical professional. Once we identify finalists, we require each applicant to submit copies of the medical documentation that established their autism diagnosis. This is not part of the application process. Before applying, however, each applicant should review the proof of diagnosis criteria to include a clearly stated diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder, diagnosis conducted by a licensed medical professional and information about testing or evaluations conducted by the medical professional (ie. CARS, ADOS, Vineland, psychiatric examination). Please refer to this checklist to ensure that your documents contain all the information OAR needs.
The Tech Careers Scholarship Review Committee is comprised of OAR and Synchrony staff members. Each complete application is reviewed. Incomplete submissions are disqualified. Reviewers base their evaluation and recommendations on the personal story as conveyed by the applicant in their essay responses. More specifically, they seek to understand an applicant’s future aspirations and how the scholarship will help them advance their career or professional goals. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's website.