Working to Advance Science and Technology Education for African Women (WAAW) Foundation Scholarship offers $500 for need-based undergraduate female African students admitted to a University, College or institute of higher learning in Africa. This is a unique opportunity for female students in higher education institutions across Africa to secure a microgrant to help cover their educational expenses in University. We have prepared this comprehensive guide to help you apply for this great opportunity.
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WAAW (Working to Advance Science and Technology Education for African Women) Foundation is an international non-profit organization founded in 2007 and headquartered in Lagos, Nigeria, with offices in Abuja, Nigeria, Kigali Rwanda and Allen, Texas.
The organization believes in:
- The Power of Women
- Education and Leadership
- Impact and Giving Back
- Technology Innovation and Entrepreneurship
- Localization, gender and Cultural Sensitivity
About the WAAW Scholarship
WAAW Foundation awards annual scholarships to students who demonstrate need and prove their status as full-time students in a STEM-related course in an African University. Recipients will be required to start a STEM Outreach Chapter at their University.
This year, WAAW will be awarding $500 in grants to eligible African female students. You could be the next!
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Please read the eligibility criteria before you apply. All non-qualifying applications will be automatically discarded. Criteria for eligibility include:
- Female students of African origin, living and studying in Africa.
- Currently enrolled in an undergraduate B.S. degree program.
- Studying STEM-related courses in a University or college in Africa.
- Demonstrable financial need.
- Excellent academic record.
- Proven leadership, volunteering and community service.
- Below the age of 32.
- Only students in their first and second years are eligible to apply; And students in their third year if studying a five-year course.
WAAW does not fund graduate (masters, MBA or PhD) programs, second or subsequent degrees, students older than 32 years, non-STEM focused courses or Diploma degrees. There are NO EXCEPTIONS to these requirements.
List of accepted and not accepted courses. Note that there are NO EXCEPTIONS to the courses listed:
Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)-related courses at any African university;
- All fields of Engineering
- All computer science
- Science & Mathematics related fields; Industrial chemistry, environmental sciences
- Medical courses; Pharmacy / Biomedical, Biochemistry, Zoology
- Agriculture, Geography, and Statistics etc
Not Accepted Courses
- Core medical courses like Medicine and Surgery, Nursing etc
- Social Science courses
- Art courses
To help you prepare ahead for the application, we have provided you with a list of essay questions you will encounter in the application.
Please have your essay responses ready before you begin the application. Below are the processes and requirements:
- In 500 words or less, please write an essay on your future career goals and how you expect the WAAW foundation scholarship will assist in fulfilling those goals.
- In 300 words or less, please describe what you believe about female education in Africa and its impact on research, development or advancement in African economies.
- In 500 words or less, what is your proudest achievement to date?
- Describe in ten or fewer sentences why you need a scholarship.
- Tell us about your need or personal/family/financial situation and how the funds from the WAAW scholarship will assist your education and/or career plans.
- Provide two academic/professional references. Note recommendation letters and transcripts ARE NOT REQUIRED at the time of application. ONLY after a candidate has been shortlisted; however, you must provide the names of 2 references in your application.
ONLY Shortlisted candidates will be required to send the following additional items to complete this process.
- Two references; one MUST be written by a professor from your institution of study and the other from an academic supervisor/advisor or mentor to be emailed by your referee to us.
- A copy of the student's school identity card must be scanned and emailed to us.
- A copy of a current signed and sealed transcript from your University to be emailed to:
- [email protected].
Note: Please do not email inquiries until you have reviewed all the requirements above, including the accepted and unaccepted course list in the FAQ section. Please visit the FAQ page for answers to your questions. If you have further information or inquiries, please email:
- The application form was filled out completely.
- Personal and Contact Information.
- Educational background and Family Information.
- Statement of need should describe why scholarship funds are needed and what the funds will be used for if received.
- Essays are vital criteria in determining candidates who are shortlisted. Responses to essay questions must address career goals and how you expect the WAAW scholarship to assist your education. Please have your essay responses ready before you begin the application.
Application for the WAAW Foundation 2021/2022 Scholarship will open September 6, 2021 and close on November 12, 2021
How to Apply
Visit the WAAW application page to apply.