University of the People and Microsoft 4Afrika Scholarship Program
Microsoft selected UoPeople, the world's first tuition-free, non-profit, degree-granting online institution to be a higher education partner institution in the scholarship program. At UoPeople, the 4Afrika Scholarships will be provided to 1,000 youth to pursue Associate Degrees in Computer Science and Business Administration. To help redress gender disparity in higher education in Africa, UoPeople and Microsoft are actively encouraging women to apply.
The students will receive more than just tuition-free higher education. Those accepted to the program, will also benefit from mentorship by Microsoft employees from around the world and, will receive, while studying with UoPeople, leadership and technical training by Microsoft. Not only that, the graduates of the program, will be eligible for potential employment opportunities within Microsoft and its' over 10,000 partners across Africa.
“Together with participating education institutions, Microsoft’s goal with the 4Afrika Scholarship program is to level the playing field for talented young African minds who might not otherwise have the resources, enabling them to get the education and skills they need to thrive in technology-related fields,” said Patrick Onwumere, director of youth enablement, Microsoft 4Afrika. “The 4Afrika Initiative was designed to help ensure that Africa can become globally competitive, and investing in our highly motivated youth with strong collaborators like UoPeople is a critical step toward making that a reality.”