Per Scholas ( opens doors to technology careers for individuals from often overlooked communities. Through its tuition-free technology job training courses, Per Scholas annually equips 200 individuals with certifications and connects them to in-demand tech jobs in the region.

Headquartered: Silver Spring

Serves: Metro region

What a donation buys:

  • $250 pays for the professional IT certification that makes a student a certified tech.
  • $1,000 supports career skills training for graduates to impress future employers.
  • $10,000 covers the cost of IT-Support/A+ Certification training for two students.

Volunteer opportunities:

  • Ongoing: Speak to the class on industry-specific and/or career development topics.
  • One day: Participate in mock interviews.
  • Internships