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Microsoft disAbility Scholarship (Deadline: April 15, 2017)

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Who Can Apply:

  • Be a current high school senior with living with a disAbility (as defined by WHO), whether that be visual, hearing, mobility, cognitive, speech or other disAbility.
  • Plan to attend an undergraduate program in a 2 or 4-year University/College or Technical College in the fall of the academic year following high-school graduation. Schools must be in the USA or have a USA-Affiliate for financial transactions (contact Seattle Foundation to verify non-USA school’s eligibility).
  • Declare a major in engineering, computer science, computer information systems, law ,business ,or a related field (e.g. paralegal, pre-law, finance, business administration, or marketing).
  • Demonstrate a passion for technology.
  • Demonstrate leadership at school and/or in the community.
  • Have a high school cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • Require financial assistance to attend college.
  • Enrollment status must be full-time or half time.

Submission:

Résumé.  Your résumé should include the following information:

  • Extracurricular activities (school and community related)
  • Honors and awards that you have received (if possible, include awards that are technology related)
  • Work experience

Picture of yourself  (Optional).

Transcript. Include an official “sealed” copy of your current academic transcript. (If selected, unofficial copies will not be accepted.)

Three essays.

  • In no more than 500 words, describe how you plan to be engaged in the technology industry or technology law or policy in your career.
  • In no more than 500 words, please share your vision of how Microsoft can innovate its future devices and services solutions to creatively & successfully support those living with disabilities in the workplace and in daily life to reach their potential.
  • In no more than 250 words, demonstrate your financial need for this scholarship.

Two letters of recommendation. At least one letter must be from a faculty or staff member at your school. Letters of recommendation should be original and should not be duplicates of college recommendation letters. (Letters must be on letterhead.)

Deadline: April 15, 2017

Amount: $5,000

Learn More: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/diversity/programs/microsoftdisabilityscholarship.aspx