Per Scholas

Launched 2019


Opening doors and creating a more diverse tech sector.

Per Scholas opens doors for individuals from often overlooked communities to access transformative technology careers. Per Scholas collaborates with businesses to design industry- and job-specific courses based on employers’ technological needs. Highly motivated students receive technology skills training and professional development and earn industry-recognized certifications. Per Scholas leverages its network of employers to match graduates to jobs in the tech sector.

Talent is ubiquitous, opportunity is not. Boston is known for being a tech hub, a place of innovation, a thriving tech economy with ample jobs. Yet, many Boston residents were not seeing a pathway into these careers for themselves. To address this inequity, GreenLight selected Per Scholas and supported their expansion to Greater Boston.

True to their mission, Per Scholas is effectively changing the face of the tech sector. Participants of color, women and individuals with non-traditional education pathways are afforded opportunities through their program. Per Scholas boasts high graduation and employment rates, with starting wages that are often three times higher than their pre-training wage.

Per Scholas creates real opportunities for Boston area residents to build better lives for themselves and their families, create generational change for many, and diversify the tech sector for the better.

  • Founders
    John Stookey & Lewis Miller
  • President & CEO
    Plinio Ayala
  • Greater Boston Managing Director
    H. Kay Howard
  • National Headquarters
    New York, NY
  • Email Contact
  • Website

Per Scholas: An alternative path to a career in tech

Per Scholas’ Impact in Boston

In 2022-2023


individuals reached


of participants retained employment after one year


average hourly starting wage for 2022 graduates compared to target of $18/hr

In Boston

of Per Scholas participants graduate including Jerson who earned two certifications and, after graduating, began a career as an IT professional

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In Boston

graduate from Per Scholas with at least one certification. Akida credits her success in the program to the support of her instructors and colleagues

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In Boston

of Per Scholas participants who shared their race/ethnicity in 2021-22 were people of color

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Per Scholas graduates are changing the tech sector for the better.

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