Per Scholas Named 2023 Nicholas Kristof Holiday Impact Prize Honoree & Featured in The New York Times Communities Fund



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Changing the Face of Tech

Per Scholas is proud to be among this year’s honorees for the Kristof Holiday Impact Prize. This year, the Prize is recognizing three previous winners as part of a special readers’ favorites edition! In 2019, two-time Pulitzer Prize winner and New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof launched the Prize as a way to increase support for his annual “holiday gift guide” column on its 10th anniversary. The campaign bridges a philanthropic gap: readers who want to help but don’t know how, and heroic individuals and organizations who desperately need resources but are off donors’ radar. His giving columns have helped raise the profiles of organizations that work on the very issues he covers in his journalism—health, education, human rights and women’s rights, both domestically and abroad.

Contributions from the campaign will fuel Per Scholas’ Career Access Fund, providing thousands of diverse learners in 2024 with everything they need to unlock their potential through our tuition-free tech training. Each donation of $700 will cover costs for textbooks, lab supplies and certification exam fees for one learner, in addition to support from a Financial Coach and MSW-credentialed Learner Support Manager.

Thanks to your donation, every learner will have the opportunity to succeed in our training and, after 12-15 weeks of technical instruction and professional development they will have the competitive skills they need to launch a thriving career in tech earning an average of 3X their pre-training wage. 

Additionally, we are pleased to share that Per Scholas has been selected to be a part of The New York Times Communities Fund. For 112 years, The New York Times Communities Fund – formerly known as The Neediest Cases Fund – has encouraged readers to support organizations strengthening communities near and far through this holiday season giving campaign.

Donations will be matched dollar for dollar, up to $2.5M, thanks to generous individuals from Jane Street.

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“Per Scholas is an opportunity machine here in the United States – breaking down barriers to careers in the tech industry for graduates of all backgrounds. Per Scholas not only trains people and lifts them into better jobs, but also transforms lives by breaking cycles of poverty and putting them on a solid footing.” - Nicholas Kristof, Two Time Pulitzer Prize Winner, New York Times Columnist

About Per Scholas

For more than 25 years, Per Scholas has been advancing equity and increasing opportunity across America. Per Scholas unlocks potential for individuals, communities, and employers through rigorous training for careers in tech. Partnering with dynamic employer partners, from Fortune 500 companies to innovative startups, we are building sustainable and diverse talent pipelines, together changing the face of tech. With national remote training and campuses in more than 20 cities and growing, Per Scholas offers tuition-free training in the most in-demand tech skills, including Cloud, Cybersecurity, Data Engineering, IT Support, Software Engineering, and more.

To date, nearly 25,000 individuals have gained the skills to launch high-growth tech careers, earning three times their pre-training wage. Diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging is in our DNA: 85 percent of learners are people of color, two in five are women, and more than half have a high school diploma as their highest education credential. Learn more by visiting and follow us on LinkedIn, X (Formerly Twitter), Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.


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