Today I was chosen as one of the top 10% of 15,000 students in the Data Science Bertelsmann Challenge Scholarship.
Udacity then placed me in the Data Foundations Nanodegree (DFND), the lowest level. A large portion of the 10% chosen were upset about being placed in DFND and questions were raised about how placements were made. It was suggested by Udacity community organizers that we should finish DFND and, if it was not a challenge for us, petition for advancement. That is my plan.
[Update: September 22, 2018] I completed the 3-month program in 10 days then petitioned to be transferred to the Data Analyst Nanodegree (DAND) program. I explained how and why DFND was not a challenge for me. The petition was granted, and I am now in DAND.