The program, the first of its kind, pays students $30,000 a year.
It was established by the City of New York to fill a shortage in computer science positions for New York City’s teachers.
Its graduates are expected to have significant career impact in tech and academia.
This year’s batch includes a number of high-profile students, including Harvard computer science graduate student Jad Abumrad, who wrote the popular video game Super Mario Maker, and MIT graduate student Alex Tyminski, who is working on a book.
The program’s alumni include the Dalai Lama, Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates, and several tech industry giants including Google, Facebook, Twitter, and Airbnb.