Microsoft offers four types of technical scholarships to current undergraduate students: General Scholarships, Women’s Scholarships, Underrepresented Minority Scholarships, and Scholarships for Students with Disabilities.
As a recipient of one of these scholarships, youâ€™ll enjoy the benefits for one academic year. It covers up to 100 percent of your tuition as posted by the financial aid office of your university or college. Microsoft will make payments to the designated school, and theyâ€™re not transferable to other academic institutions. You may use the funds for tuition onlyâ€”not for other costs listed on your bursar bill, such as room and board.Youâ€™ll also need to enroll and complete a salaried summer internship of 12 weeks or more at Microsoft Corporation in Redmond, Washington.
Microsoft encourages student populations currently underrepresented in the field of computer science to pursue technical degrees. All candidates (regardless of citizenship) who meet the criteria for eligibility described below may apply.
Enrol full time in a Bachelor’s degree program at a college or university in the United States, Canada, or Mexico at the time you submit the application.
Make satisfactory progress toward an undergraduate degree in computer science, computer engineering, or a related technical discipline such as electrical engineering, math, or physicsâ€”and that you demonstrate an interest in computer science.
Maintain a 3.0 cumulative grade point average out of a possible 4.0, or a 4.0 cumulative grade point average out of a possible 5.0.
How to Apply
You must include the following four items in your application:
â€¢ Â Â Â Resume
â€¢ Â Â Â Transcript
â€¢ Â Â Â Answers to essay questions
â€¢ Â Â Â Letter of referral
Donâ€™t forget to include your name on each page of your application packet.
Send your completed application to:
Microsoft Scholarship Program
One Microsoft Way
Redmond, WA 98052-8303
Be sure your resume includes:
â€¢ Â Â Â Your e-mail address
â€¢ Â Â Â School address and phone number
â€¢ Â Â Â Student ID number
â€¢ Â Â Â Permanent address and phone number
â€¢ Â Â Â Academic major
â€¢ Â Â Â Expected graduation date
Use one page total (not one page per question) to answer all four of the following questions:
â€¢ Â Â Â Describe how you demonstrate your passion for technology outside the classroom.
â€¢ Â Â Â Describe the toughest technical problem you’ve worked on, how you addressed the problem, your role in reaching the outcome if it was team-based, and the final outcome.
â€¢ Â Â Â Describe a situation that demonstrates initiative and your willingness to go above and beyond.
â€¢ Â Â Â Describe how you are currently funding your college education.
Letter of Referral
Enclose a letter of referral from a faculty member (professor or teaching assistant) or an academic adviser.