Blacks at Microsoft Scholarships in USA 2021

Microsoft.com welcomes applications from suitably qualified candidates for Blacks at Microsoft Scholarships obtainable to high-school seniors of African origin (for instance, African, African American, or Ethiopian) for the 2021/2022 academic year.

Microsoft is an American transnational technology establishment with head office in Redmond, Washington. It builds, produced, licenses, supports, and sells computer software, personal computers, consumer electronics, and related services. Its most famous software products are the Microsoft Windows series of operating systems, the Microsoft Office suite, and the Internet Explorer and Edge internet browsers.

Established in 1989, their first employee resource group, Blacks at Microsoft (BAM), has brought about investment in programs like the BAM scholarship awards and Minority Student Day, an outreach event it hosts every year to instruct students on careers in the tech sector. BAM also collaborates with community establishments across its 15 chapters.

Blacks at Microsoft is a company-backed staff network devoted to supporting the continued development and advancement of black staffs at Microsoft Corporation.

Worth of Blacks at Microsoft Scholarships

  • This year, Blacks at Microsoft Scholarships will grant two US$5,000 scholarship awards to exceptional high school seniors who are looking to pursue careers in technology
  • The scholarship awards are renewable – beneficiaries who continue to satisfy the requirements are eligible to obtain a yearly award of $5,000 for up to four (4) consecutive years for a possible total $20,000 scholarship.
  • Up to 24 scholarship awards runners-up will be qualified for a one-time $2,500 BAM tech allowance based on requirement.

Scholarship recipients can renew their scholarship awards for up to four years, given that they satisfy specific eligibility criteria.

Eligibility for Blacks at Microsoft Scholarships

The Blacks at Microsoft Scholarships was established to allow Black and African American candidates to attend college and attain a career in technology.  The objective is to allow future generations to do and be more.

To be given consideration for a BAM Scholarship award, you have to:

  • Be a high-school senior of African origin (African American or African).
  • Intend to attend a four-year college or university in the fall of the year after high-school graduation.
  • Intend to enrol for a bachelor’s degree program in engineering, computer information systems, computer science, or select business programs (like business administration, finance, or marketing).
  • Display a passion for technology.
  • Display leadership at school or in the community.
  • Possess an aggregate GPA of 3.3 or more.
  • Require financial aid to attend college.

How to Apply for Blacks at Microsoft Scholarships

To apply for the Blacks at Microsoft Scholarships, complete the online application form. You have to be ready to upload the following documents:

  • Two recommendation letters. A minimum of one letter has to be from a faculty or staff member at your school. Recommendation letters have to be original and should not be copies of college recommendation letters. (Letters have to be on letterhead.)

Résumé. Your résumé has to include the following details:

  • Extracurricular undertakings (school and community related)
  • Honours and awards that you have obtained (if possible, add awards that are tech related)
  • Work experience
  • Photo of yourself. The photo has to be in colour
  • Transcript. Add an official “sealed” copy of your present academic transcript. (Official or unofficial copies will be taken.)

Two essays:

  • 1. In at most 500 words, explain how you intend to be involved in the tech sector in your future career. (If you have carried out excellent work using technology during high school, please explain that also.)
  • 2. In at most 250 words, explain your financial need for this scholarship award.

All materials have to be submitted via the online application link below. Emailed or mailed credentials will not be accepted. For questions please get in touch with [email protected]

Application Deadline: applications end on March 31st, 2021 11:59pm

Click here for more details and to apply

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