Satang Nabaneh, The Gambia Coordinator & Regional Secretary
Many of you have requested more information about our upcoming scholarship contest. So we decided to compile a sample of your queries and share with all of our online friends. Applying to Iduka’s scholarship contest is as easy as 1-2-3:
1. Make sure you are eligible.
2. Ask someone familiar with your academic and leadership abilities to nominate you.
3. Fill out and submit the Nominee Application Form.
Am I eligible to participate in this scholarship contest?
- Applicants must be residents of an African country participating in our Iduka Africa Pilot Project (iAPP).
- Applicants must be enrolled or applying to a post-secondary education institution/program accredited by local government.
- Applicants must agree to pay back grant by volunteering at Iduka and/or at other local nonprofit organizations.
- Applicants must be nominated by someone who can confirm your qualifications to pursue post-secondary education.
- Applicants must submit a typed, taped or videotaped essay addressing one essay question, your career goals and the reason why a particular post-secondary institution was chosen.
- Applicants must submit one photo.
Can interns also participate?
Yes. We encourage all our eligible student volunteer interns to apply.
When is the deadline for the application?
Both nomination and student application need to be submitted by April 29, 2011, midnight Easter Standard Time.
Wilfred Tanibum, Cameroon Coordinator
When can I apply?
The Application Form as well as the Nomination Form will be available online on Monday, February 7, 2011.
In the meantime eligible students who are interested in participating should contact prospective sponsors to act as their nominators. Applicants can also start signing our current online petition requesting African leaders to protect and revitalize higher education.
How will Iduka evaluate applicants?
The Country Coordinator(s) overseeing Iduka’s pilot project in the country of residency of student will be responsible for initial screening of applicants. Upon initial evaluation, Country Coordinator(s) will submit all eligible applicants to the Scholarship Committee for further evaluation.
Iduka will use the following guidelines to evaluate each applicant:
Nominator’s recommendation – 20 pts
Nominee’s application – 20 pts
Nominee’s essay – 30 pts
Interview – 30 pts
Saida Ounissi, Tunisia Coordinator
How will Iduka select finalists?
Iduka in consultation with Country Coordinators and Sub-Region Coordinators will make the final selection by the end of May. A total of five (5) male and five (5) female applicants will then be submitted for popular voting.
When will Iduka select finalists?
Applicants will be informed by the end of May of the Scholarship Committee’s decisions.
When will voting take place?
Voting will take place online during a period of 30 days starting on June 1, 2011.
How will Iduka choose the winner?
The male and female candidates with most votes will be awarded an Iduka scholarship to be disbursed the following school term.
If you have any questions, please contact our representative in your country or email us at info (at) iduka (dot) org.
Good luck to y’all!