Blacks at Microsoft Scholarships


Founded in 1989 as the first Microsoft-sponsored employee resource group, Blacks@Microsoft (BAM) is dedicated to supporting the continued growth and development of black employees and encouraging students to pursue a career in technology. This year, BAM will award two US$5,000 scholarships to outstanding high school seniors who are interested in pursuing careers in technology. The scholarships are renewable – winners who continue to meet the criteria can receive an annual $5,000 award for up to four years. Five scholarship runners-up will be eligible for a $1,500 BAM technology stipend based on need.

Requirements


To be considered for a BAM Scholarship, you must:
  • Be a high-school senior of African descent (for example, African American, African, or Ethiopian).
  • Plan to attend a four-year college or university in the fall of the year following high-school graduation.
  • Plan to pursue a bachelor's degree in engineering, computer science, computer information systems, or select business programs (such as finance, business administration, or marketing).
  • Demonstrate a passion for technology.
  • Demonstrate leadership at school or in the community.
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 3.3 or higher.
  • Require financial assistance to attend college.

How to Apply


To apply for a BAM Scholarship, print and fill out the application. Enclose it in an envelope with the following items:

  • 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.)
  • 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.
  • Transcript. Include an official "sealed" copy of your current academic transcript. (Unofficial copies will not be accepted.)
  • Two essays.
  1. In no more than 500 words, describe how you plan to engage in the technology industry in your future career. (If you have done exemplary work using technology during high school, please describe that also.)
  2. In no more than 250 words, demonstrate your financial need for this scholarship.
Submit your application online at:

https://seattlefoundation.smapply.org/

Or

Mail your completed application to the following address by March 8. You will receive a response by April 22.

Seattle Foundation
c/o BAM Scholarship
1601 Fifth Avenue, Suite 1900
Seattle, WA 98101

If your application was returned, please mail it to the correct address above and scan your returned envelope and send to us via email to prove that you got your application in on time but it was returned.

Download the BAM Scholarship application (Microsoft Word document, 88 KB)

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Frequently Asked Questions

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A. Microsoft College Scholarships are funded and administered by Microsoft and cover up to 100 percent of recipients' tuition costs. Only students who are currently enrolled in a four-year college or university are eligible to apply for Microsoft College Scholarships. BAM Scholarships are funded and administered by members of the BAM (Blacks at Microsoft) organization and are renewable awards of US$5,000. Only high-school seniors are eligible to apply for a BAM Scholarship; scholarship recipients can apply to renew their scholarships for up to four years.

A. No. The BAM Scholarship is open to high-school seniors only; however, scholarship winners can apply to renew their scholarships for up to four years.

A. Yes. Scholarship applicants must be planning to pursue a bachelor's degree, but students who plan to begin their degree program at a two-year college are welcome to apply.

A. Yes. If you cannot obtain an official transcript from your school, you can send an unofficial transcript with your application. However, if you are selected as a finalist, you will be required to submit an official transcript.

A. Yes. The BAM Scholarship is now available to students throughout the United States.

A. Yes. Scholarship winners can renew their awards for up to four years, provided that they meet specific eligibility requirements.

A. No. Only recipients of BAM Scholarships are automatically considered for internships. Information about applying for the Microsoft High School Internship Program is available on the High School Internship Program web page.