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Microsoft & University of People 4afrika Scholarship – Targets 1,000 Students

Scholarship Name: Microsoft 4afrika Scholarship

Brief description: Microsoft Offers 4Afrika Scholarships for 1000 African youth to pursue associate degrees in computer science and business administration with the first participating higher education institution, University of the People. UoPeople is the first participating higher education institution, but it is intended to offer scholarships at other African institutions, across the continent, in the future.

Eligible Field of Study: Computer Science and Business Administration

About Scholarship

Microsoft 4Afrika Scholarship

In recognition of International Youth Day on August 12, 2013, University of the People and Microsoft 4Afrika have partnered to offer scholarships to students wishing to study towards an Associate’s Degree with UoPeople. Through this program UoPeople and Microsoft will support 1,000 African students to graduate with a world-class academic degree from UoPeople, helping to change the lives of the students, their families and communities and ultimately transforming the continent. Scholarship recipients will also be eligible to further enhance their skills and work experience through participation in additional support programs, including mentorship, training, internship and employment opportunities at Microsoft and their partner companies.

Scholarship Offered Since: 2013

Scholarship Type: For Associate degree

Selection Criteria and Eligibility

Applicants who have completed the online application and have been admitted to study at UoPeople will be eligible to apply for the Microsoft 4Afrika scholarship program. This scholarship will be available for eligible students beginning their studies in Term 2, 2013.

Applicants wishing to apply for this scholarship program will be required to fulfill the Microsoft 4Afrika selection process, which may include:

  • additional essays,
  • screening test,
  • a face-to-face interview, and/or alternative items.

More information regarding the scholarship selection process will be available for relevant candidates. Applicants who are not accepted to the Microsoft 4Afrika Scholarship program may apply for general admission to UoPeople and to its other scholarship programs.

Number of Scholarships: 1,000

Value of Scholarship: Full online learning, training and mentorship program

Duration of Scholarship: for the full duration of the associate degree

Eligible Countries: Applicants from all African countries are invited to apply for this scholarship opportunity to study towards their associate degree, supported by Microsoft.

To be taken at (country): Anywhere in the world

Application Deadline: Visit UoPeople website below

Offered annually? For specific period

How to Apply to University of People

The application to study at UoPeople process consists of two parts. Part 1 takes place online and requires the applicant to fill out personal information and respond to personal statements. Part 2 takes place offline, and consists of sending a set of required documents to the University.  Both the online application form and the required documents must be received by the University before an applicant will be considered for admission.

The Online application includes:

  • Contact & Personal  Information
  • Personal statements
  • Education history
  • Application Processing Fee (Nominal Processing Fee, $10-$50 depending on country of residence)

The Offline application includes sending in the following documentation:

  • High School Diploma or equivalent
  • Corresponding academic transcripts for institutions listed in “education history”
  • English qualification test, if taken

How to Apply for Scholarship

Once admitted to study at UoPeople, applicants may begin the application process and be considered for the Microsoft 4Afrika Scholarship Program.

The Microsoft 4Afrika Scholarship application process includes:

  • Submitting an application form
  • Acknowledging acceptance of the scholarship terms and conditions
  • Additional screening as required by Microsoft 4Afrika, which may include: essays, tests, face-to-face interviews and/or additional items.

Visit scholarship webpage for details

Sponsors: Microsoft

Important Notes:

Upon admittance to UoPeople, applicants will be invited to submit a request for financial aid from the Microsoft 4Afrika scholarship program.


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  1. Tochukwu Ben-Omeke says

    Nice one but online undergraduate program? Am looking at the societal risks of having students roaming all over the streets yet schooling at the same time. I think the physical walls of a university has it's benefits.

  2. Henry says

    I applaud Microsoft for this progressive initiative, however, a 100% online program is based on assumptions that the student has access to a computer system, reliable internet access, electricity and not to mention the self discipline and regimen to log on to the online program on a consistent basis. With that said, I am inclined to agree, a brick and mortar facility would be far more beneficial.

  3. Sello P Tsotetsi says

    This is a brilliant opportunity for those bright minds who can excel but cannot afford.

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