In partnership with University of the People (UoPeople), the Microsoft 4Afrika Initiative is offering 1000 scholarships to students wishing to study towards Associates Degrees in Computer Science and Business Administration with UoPeople.

University of the People (UoPeople), founded by Shai Reshef, is an accredited, non-profit, tuition-free, online university, head-quartered in Pasadena, California, USA. It is dedicated to opening access to higher education globally for all qualified individuals, despite financial, geographic or societal constraints. Apart from Microsoft, other partners of UoPeople include Yale Law School Information Society Project, New York University, Hewlett Packard, United Nations Global Alliance for ICT and Development, Clinton Global Initiative, OpenCourseWare Consortium, Asal Technologies, Saylor Foundation, Ashoka, and the Bayelsa state government, Nigeria.

On the other hand, the Microsoft 4Afrika Initiative is an effort through which Microsoft aims to actively engage in Africa’s economic development to improve its global competitiveness. Apart from the partnership with UoPeople, the Microsoft 4Afrika Initiative also runs a number of projects such as TV White Space, Internship program, and the Device program.

To be eligible for these scholarships, you should be from an African country. You should be aged between 18 and 34. You must also have a high school diploma (certificate) and be proficient in English, since all coursework is in English. Students are expected to have access to the Internet to participate in the online classes. Microsoft is, currently, working with various partner hubs across Africa to address the connectivity issue for students in different locations.

All interested applicants must first complete the UoPeople online application. After getting admission to the University, you will be invited to submit a request for financial aid from the Microsoft 4Afrika scholarship program.

According to UoPeople, scholarship recipients may also be eligible to further enhance their skills and experience through participation in additional support programs, including professional training from Microsoft, mentorship by Microsoft employees, internships, and job opportunities with Microsoft and their affiliates in Africa.

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