Updated: Amazon (s AMZN) said today it would offer grants to allow educators, academic researchers and students to access its Amazon Web Services such as its compute cloud and cloud storage. It plans to spend about $1 million, and offers grants starting at $100 of credit per student. By bringing cloud computing down to the student level, Amazon is making sure that the next generation of computer programmers is comfortable using its standards for interacting with the cloud. That could help Amazon directly as well as get computer scientists more comfortable building applications for the cloud. Google (s GOOG) has a similar effort to help students learn to program at web scale.