Students who are seeking college scholarships in order to help them fund their studies may not think to look at major corporations. However, many major corporations, such as Microsoft, include philanthropic aims that are geared at improving access to education and/or helping students fund their degree. In fact, some of these scholarships can be very lucrative. Thus, if you are still looking for college scholarships in order to attend college, continue reading for more information about the Microsoft Scholarships.
In order to be eligible for the Microsoft Tuition Scholarship, each student must plan to enroll in an accredited four-year university that is located in Canada, the United States, or Mexico. Furthermore, the applicant must hold at least a 3.0 grade point average and be pursuing their first undergraduate degree. Only students who are planning to major in a STEM field, computer science, or computer engineering are eligible for this scholarships. These awards are open to students who come from underrepresented backgrounds.
In order to apply for the award, students should submit their application during the open application period. For 2017, the open application cycle runs from October 6th to January 27th. Each individual who submits an application should receive a decision by early April.
Students who are selected to receive this award can only use the money to defray the cost of tuition. Unlike many other scholarships these funds cannot be used towards the cost of student fees or room and board. Some students receive partial tuition coverage while other recipients receive full tuition covered by this scholarship. This award is for one time use only.
Diversity Conference Scholarship: In addition to the scholarship discussed above, Microsoft also offers a Diversity Conference Scholarship. This scholarship is open to students who are enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program that is located in Mexico, the United States, or Canada. Only students who are studying computer science, STEM, or computer engineering are eligible for this award.
Each recipient of this scholarship receives an award worth $1,200 in order to cover the cost of hotel, travel, and meals. Students have the option of attending any one of the following four conferences: Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers Conference, Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing, Tapia Conference, or the National Society of Black Engineers Conference. Students can apply for this scholarship anytime during the open application cycle, which is currently between March 2 and May 5th.
In order to apply for either of these scholarships, students must already be enrolled in a four-year college or university. As such, current high school seniors are not eligible to apply for this scholarship. International students are indeed eligible to apply for these scholarships provided that they are attending an accredited four-year college that is located within one of the three eligible countries and that they are majoring in a STEM field, computer science, or computer engineering. Students who come from underrepresented backgrounds as well as students who do not can both apply for these scholarships.