ESI International announced the launch of a $500,000 scholarship program for out-of-work technical professionals. Scholarship funds will cover the majority of U.S. course fees for approved candidates, who may choose up to three courses from ESI's project management or business analysis curriculum. Courses can be completed at any ESI U.S. public classroom, or via any ESI online learning platform. Courses can be applied toward an associate's certificate or master's certificate issued through ESI and partner The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. GW will award advanced standing toward its Master of Science in Project Management to those who earn a GW/ESI project management master's certificate and meet other requirements.

In addition to the scholarship, ESI has created a career information and source page for technical professionals at www.esi-intl.com/scholarship. The page includes a range of job-hunting resources and the opportunity to have ESI's vice president of talent management answer visitors' questions. ESI's Stand Out Scholarship will run through Dec. 31, or until funds have been exhausted. The program is limited to currently unemployed individuals who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents who show acceptable proof of unemployment.