Please Help with Holiday Giving
November 28, 2016
#GivingTuesday and the holiday season are an important time of year for every nonprofit. Fortunately we have an awesome board, great staff See more
Dr. Jesse Bemley, a former National BDPA Education Chairperson, developed the High School Computer competition (HSCC) program in 1986. BDPA has been engaged in coding and hack-a-thons for decades. Thousands of students have been impacted over the past 30 years by the vision of Dr. Bemley. Dr. Bemley noted the large number of minority students who had little or no computer literacy skills. With the ever-growing need to possess basic computer skills in the current job market, Dr. Bemley realized that in the future, individuals without these skills would be left with no employment opportunities. Dr. Bemley has worked since the early 1980s to get students, especially from high school, involved in national and international computing and engineering conferences, meetings, conferences and symposia. He has written numerous articles on computer topics. The purpose of this scholarship fund program is to serve as the vehicle for BDPA to increase the interest of minority youth in technology and to help facilitate the emergence of minorities into the technology industry. Chapters are invited to bring one team of students to compete in the HSCC at the National Conference event. The top three winning teams win Jesse Bemley scholarships. The Jesse Bemley Scholarship goes to the top-performing high school student teams competing in the annual High School Computer Competition (HSCC) at the National BDPA Technology Conference. We have given out over $270,000 in college scholarships to 140 high-performing students in this annual computer competition! This is our first time using the #GivingTuesday process to help raise money!