Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Blacks at Microsoft (BAM) Seeks Applications for $5,000 College Scholarship

It’s our pleasure to announce the availability of the Blacks at Microsoft (BAM) scholarship for the 2011/12 academic year.  

This year, BAM will award two $5,000 scholarships to outstanding high-school seniors, who are interested in pursuing careers in technology. The scholarships are renewable, so winners who continue to meet the criteria can receive an annual $5,000 award for up to four years.  We encourage you to please share this opportunity with your network.

Scholarship Details
  • Support Period - Academic Year 2011 - 2012
  • Application Due - 05/01/2011
  • Anticipated Award Notification - 05/31/2011
  • Awards - 2 scholarships will be awarded ($5,000 per person)
  • Application Method - Apply electronically via the Washington Scholarship Coaltion
  • Renewable - Yes. This scholarship is renewable for up to a total of 4 years, provided the student continues to meet the scholarship criteria of a 3.3 GPA each year.
 Eligibility Requirements
  • High School Senior
  •  Situations Funded - Support for Tuition, Support for Mandatory Fees, Support for Room and Board
  •  School Types - Private 4-year University or College, Public 4-year University or College, Public 2-year Community / Technical College
  • Academic Programs - Undergraduate
  •  Enrollment Status - Full-time
  •  Ethnicity - Black or African American
  • Field of Study - Business, Computer Science/Information Technology, Science & Engineering
  • Career - Business, Computer Science/Information Technology, Engineering
  • GPA - 3.300 or Greater

Application Details
Financial Requirements
  • Must demonstrate financial need, Number of family members in household, Number of family dependents attending college, Family income
Instructions & Questions
  • Briefly, explain how you have demonstrated a passion for technology.
  • Briefly, explain how you have demonstrated leadership either at school or in the community.
  • In no more than 500 words, describe how you plan to engage in the technology industry in your future career.
  • In no more than 250 words, explain why you need this scholarship.
  • Please include two reference letters with your application. These letters should be from people who know you through your academic or employment experience or your community leadership and participation. (Do not include relatives as references.)
  • Please submit an unofficial transcript with your online application. Winning students will be required to submit an official transcript.
Donor Organization
Founded in 1989, Blacks at Microsoft (BAM) is a company-sponsored diversity organization dedicated to supporting the continued growth and development of African-American employees of Microsoft Corporation.  More than 500 Microsoft employees are members of BAM.
Scholarship Administrator
1200 5th Ave. Suite 1300
Seattle, WA 98101-3151

This is a wonderful opportunity for those high school seniors that are participating in BDPA youth education programs all over the nation.   BDPA has worked with over 250 students in our Saturday computer camp sessions so far this calendar year ... how cool would it be for one of those students to win this $5,000 scholarship from Microsoft?!

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