To qualify for the scholarship, McKinney says applicants must be either:
- Exceptional candidates from traditionally underrepresented groups in tech
- Candidates who demonstrate great potential in at least two of the five capacities that make an exceptional engineer
The 5 Capacities of a Great Engineer
In his email McKinney provided a link to those five capacities, and I immediately clicked on it. I was eventually taken to Quora, the knowledge-sharing website, from which the five bullet points below are quoted:
- Analytical problem-solving – How do you use code as a tool to reason about new problems you face in the technical interview
- Technical communication – Talking through your code precisely and clearly (a huge part of what makes an effective engineer)
- Non-technical communication – Will you be thoughtful and supportive of others through the tough hours and work
- How you handle hitting a block – How do you debug, take feedback when you hit a block in your understanding (we make sure you hit a moment like this in the interview)
To be eligible, McKinney says you must first complete the program application, then complete the scholarship application.
To learn more, visit the CS Prep website—but hurry, the first deadline is April 4! The second is May 14.