Cleveland resident wins web developer scholarship amid multiple sclerosis scare

Google and Udacity web developer scholarship recipient Bela Gaytan poses for a portrait in the Times Free Press studio on Thursday, May 3, 2018, in Chattanooga, Tenn. The 41-year-old Cleveland, Tenn., resident was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in March, just a few months after the tech giant offered her one of the 50,000 spots available for aspiring computer programmers to complete in a "challenge course." Gaytan was then one of 5,000 people chosen for a full Nanodegree scholarship.

As Bela Gaytan sat in a hospital bed at Tennova Healthcare in Cleveland, she had one reoccurring thought to help keep her spirits high.

"Google loves me," she said. "If Google has faith in me and believes in me then how can I expect anybody not to."

The 41-year-old Cleveland, Tenn., resident was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in March, just a few months after the tech giant offered her one of the 50,000 spots available for aspiring computer programmers in the U.S. to complete in a "challenge course." If Gaytan did well, she could be a part of the top 10 percent who went on to earn a full Nanodegree scholarship from Udacity, an online educational organization, which would help her snag one of the 500,000 open commuting jobs across the country.

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