The WAAW Foundation’s annual scholarship programme aims to promote STEM-focused college education for need-based African women.
WAAW Foundation scholarships are granted to African university students who demonstrate financial need and full-time enrollment in a STEM-related programme. Recipients must establish a STEM Outreach Chapter at their university.
The Working to Advance Science and Technology Education for African Women (WAAW) Foundation was created in 2007 as an international non-profit organisation. With its headquarters in Lagos, Nigeria, and a branch office in Wylie, Texas. Their objective is to increase the number of African women entering Science and Technology disciplines and to involve them in technological innovation and entrepreneurship for Africa’s benefit.
WAAW Foundation Scholarship Eligibility
- Open to 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 years.
- Only students in their first and second year are eligible to apply. And also students in their third year if studying a five-year course.
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.
WAAW Foundation Scholarship Benefit
- WAAW Foundation Scholarship offers $500 for need-based undergraduate female African students admitted to a University, College, or institute of higher learning in Africa.
How to Apply for WAAW Foundation Scholarship
Your application will include the following:
- The application form 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 strong criteria in determining candidates who are shortlisted. Responses to essay questions that address career goals and how you expect the WAAW Scholarship will assist in your education. Have your essay responses ready before you begin the application:
- In 500 words or less, 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, 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 less sentences why you need a scholarship. Tell them about your need or personal/family/financial situation and how the funds from the WAAW scholarship will assist your education and/or career plans.
- 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.