BDPA: College Students
Earl Pace and David Wimberly founded BDPA in November 1975 as a local association. Within three
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In essence it bridges the gap between long-term educational approach of the classroom and short-term
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• Wade Everett Scholarship – These scholarships are administered by BETF. Daugherty Business
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BDPA college students have access to over 50 of America’s largest corporations at our annual Career Fair
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Earl Pace and David Wimberly founded BDPA in November 1975 as a local association. Within three years, the founders grew BDPA into a national organization with chapters in Philadelphia, Washington DC and Cleveland. Today, there are 46 chapters throughout the United States. One part of the BDPA legacy is our program for college students and college campuses. This is a program that enriches the opportunities for our students in a variety of post-secondary education institutions with a focus on low-and moderate-income communities.

31% of BDPA’s membership consists of college students. BDPA understands that its educational life cycle moves from the classroom to the boardroom. A major element of the educational life cycle resides with college students. Annual membership dues for college students are only $25 … a significant savings from the annual membership dues that adult professionals invest in BDPA membership.

BDPA established the college student program to teach advanced computer science and community responsibility to students from historically disadvantaged communities. These are major components of our college student program that impact on the educational future of K-12 students:

1. College Scholarships
2. IT Showcase
3. Internships and Entry-Level Jobs in IT Industry
4. Mobile Application Showcase

Most of our 46 local BDPA chapters run programs that provide science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) curriculum and experiences for young people of color in community colleges, 4-year colleges and vocational schools. These training programs include a monthly program meeting hosted by each local chapter that provides remarkable information from industry professionals as well as unique networking opportunities that are not replicated anywhere else in the community.

BDPA seeks to have more students in college studying STEM-related disciplines. BDPA created the BDPA Education and Technology Foundation (BETF) in 1992 for the purpose of giving college scholarships to deserving high school students. Over 200 college scholarships valued at over $467,000 have been handed out by BDPA and BETF. In addition, BDPA created two programs that feature college students - IT Showcase (2003) and Mobile Application Showcase (2014). BDPA began the process to bridge the ‘digital divide’ before the term was widely known. BDPA recognizes that to close the gap of computer and technology literacy, minority youth must participate and compete in today’s digital economy. Otherwise, our youth run the risk of being obsolete in America’s workforce.

The BDPA college student program is intellectually challenging and builds self-esteem through the mastery of applied computer science. We create a foundation for academic and career success.

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  1. 1. BDPA: College Students Earl Pace and David Wimberly founded BDPA in November 1975 as a local association. Within three years, the founders grew BDPA into a national organization with chapters in Philadelphia, Washington DC and Cleveland. Today, there are 46 chapters throughout the United States. One part of the BDPA legacy is our program for college students and college campuses. This is a program that enriches the opportunities for our students in a variety of post-secondary education institutions with a focus on low- and moderate-income communities. 31% of BDPA’s membership consists of college students. BDPA understands that its educational life cycle moves from the classroom to the boardroom. A major element of the educational life cycle resides with college students. Annual membership dues for college students are only $25 … a significant savings from the annual membership dues that adult professionals invest in BDPA membership. BDPA established the college student program to teach advanced computer science and community responsibility to students from historically disadvantaged communities. These are major components of our college student program that impact on the educational future of K-12 students: 1. College Scholarships 2. IT Showcase 3. Internships and Entry-Level Jobs in IT Industry 4. Mobile Application Showcase Most of our 46 local BDPA chapters run programs that provide science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) curriculum and experiences for young people of color in community colleges, 4-year colleges and vocational schools. These training programs include a monthly program meeting hosted by each local chapter that provides remarkable information from industry professionals as well as unique networking opportunities that are not replicated anywhere else in the community. BDPA seeks to have more students in college studying STEM-related disciplines. BDPA created the BDPA Education and Technology Foundation (BETF) in 1992 for the purpose of giving college scholarships to deserving high school students. Over 200 college scholarships valued at over $467,000 have been handed out by BDPA and BETF. In addition, BDPA created two programs that feature college students - IT Showcase (2003) and Mobile Application Showcase (2014). BDPA began the process to bridge the ‘digital divide’ before the term was widely known. BDPA recognizes that to close the gap of computer and technology literacy, minority youth must participate and compete in today’s digital economy. Otherwise, our youth run the risk of being obsolete in America’s workforce. The BDPA college student program is intellectually challenging and builds self-esteem through the mastery of applied computer science. We create a foundation for academic and career success. BDPA trains our youth to use technology as a vehicle to learn skills and concepts beyond the technology itself.
  2. 2. In essence it bridges the gap between long-term educational approach of the classroom and short-term skills experience of the workplace. It is worth noting that all of these BDPA programs have an added advantage in our efforts to cultivate exceptional talent – we go beyond just providing programming and STEM-based skills. BDPA also trains these young people in project management, time management, public speaking, team-building and presentation skills. In summary, they learn the fundamentals of being an IT professional and personal leadership in the workplace. College Scholarships The BDPA strategy is to bring college students into the professional chapters on the local level as opposed to creating ‘college chapters’. One strategy in place is the aggressive delivery of college scholarships to deserving BDPA high school students. There are a number of college scholarship programs in place: • BlueCross BlueShield Scholarship for BDPA Students - These scholarships are administered by BETF. Some BCBS Scholarships are reserved for BDPA Chicago and BDPA Dallas chapters. The rest are available nationally. This scholarship began in 2014. • Dr. Jesse Bemley Scholarship – These scholarships are administered by BETF. They are awarded to high-performing students in the annual BDPA High School Computer Competition (HSCC) championships. Bemley scholars can be found in scores of colleges around the nation. • Eli Lilly Scholarships for BDPA Students – These scholarships are administered by BETF. They are awarded to students around the nation who show a desire to make a difference in the IT industry over the course of their college and professional careers. Eli Lilly & Company began funding these scholarships in 2008. • Human Capital Logistics Scholarships for BDPA Students – These scholarships are administered by BETF. This scholarship awards outstanding BDPA Greater Columbia student members, with an interest in information technology, who make significant contributions to society. This scholarship began in 2014. • Johnson & Johnson Scholarships for BDPA Students - These scholarships are administered by BDPA. They are provided to winners of the annual BDPA IT Showcase as well as all-around excellent HSCC students. • Monsanto Scholarships for BDPA Students – These scholarships are administered by BETF. Some Monsanto Scholarships are reserved for BDPA St. Louis chapter. The rest are available nationally. This scholarship began in 2013. • Oracle Scholarships for BDPA Students – These scholarships are administered by BDPA. They are awarded to deserving students selected by local chapters. Over $150,000 has been awarded to Oracle scholars over the past three years. • State Farm Scholarships – These scholarships are administered by BDPA. BDPA is pleased to have substantial State Farm funding to pilot its 1st Annual BDPA Mobility Application Showcase this year in Indianapolis. This scholarship began in 2014.
  3. 3. • Wade Everett Scholarship – These scholarships are administered by BETF. Daugherty Business Solutions sponsors these scholarships and they focus on students from our BDPA St. Louis chapter. This scholarship began in 2016. • Zycron Scholarships for BDPA Students – These scholarships are administered by BETF. These scholarships are funded by Darrell Freeman, president/CEO of Zycron. These scholarships are offered on a national basis. This scholarship began in 2016. BDPA IT Showcase The BDPA IT Showcase is an advanced technology forum where High School and College students from across the nation demonstrate their research and theories in the fields of information technology. Papers will be published in the IT Showcase Proceedings. The purpose of this program is to encourage more students of color to advance their education to the Ph.D. level in science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) curriculum. The projects focus on various “advanced thought” topics including; database technology, web design technology, wired and wireless communication technology, IT security, data mining, soft computing, high performance computing, cloud computing, virtual technologies, nanotechnology, robotics, operating systems, IT certification, social media and much more. The Showcase presentations consist of demonstrations where applicable. Three awards (First, Second and Third Prize) are made in each of two categories: High School and College (undergraduate). Over the past few years there were 46 undergraduate papers and 74 high school papers presented from students in 14 states, 33 high schools, 12 universities and three community colleges. Some of the presentations over the past few years are entitled: Artificial Intelligence Applications in the Military, Can Cloud Computing Eradicate Hard Drive Storage Systems, Fourth Generation Mobile Communications Networks, Nanotechnology in High Performance Computing, Positron Emission Tomography, Robotics and Bioinformatics in Healthcare Industry. Internships and Entry-Level Jobs in IT Industry A brand new BDPA Job Board – www.ITDiversityCareers.com – was introduced in 2012. This job board is the centralized online repository of hundreds of jobs and college internships that are available for BDPA college students to advance their careers in the IT industry. College students are able to post their resumes, free of charge, to this BDPA Job Board as they search for internships, co-op assignments and full-time job opportunities. “Attendees will be amazed at the thoroughness of the research and the advanced topics presented at the IT Showcase. The IT Showcase treats the audience to challenging “outside-the-box” thought.”
  4. 4. BDPA college students have access to over 50 of America’s largest corporations at our annual Career Fair that is a component of the annual BDPA Technology Conference. BDPA Mobile Application Showcase BDPA Mobile Application Showcase was piloted in 2014. BDPA seeks to encourage college students of color to develop their talent for developing mobile applications. The applications being showcased will represent multiple application categories (i.e. business, personal productivity, and gaming). Each mobile application will have stringent requirements to be met in advance to the showcase. The platforms used for this development are on the Android and iOS operating systems. The projects are assessed by a panel of judges at the National Conference with college scholarships awarded by State Farm to the top performing college and high school students. One of the goals of this initiative is to provide an outlet for HSCC alumni to continue to compete under the BDPA umbrella.

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