Scholarship Contest: Application Guidelines

1 Feb

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!


10 Responses to “Scholarship Contest: Application Guidelines”

  1. TSEDZE February 2, 2011 at 5:07 am #

    Soyez patient monsieur Dalinhoo. Approchez moi pour plus d`info. Voici mes contacts:
    cell:+2288503665 et email:

  2. Aristide February 2, 2011 at 9:30 am #

    Thanks to Iduka for his great opportunity. But the PitchIT! Challenge web page is not opening. I would like to vote.

    • Iduka February 2, 2011 at 11:40 am #

      Thanks for letting us know, Aristide! Please try again and make sure to spread the word about the scholarship and the PitchIT! Challenge we are participating. We’ve now updated the link to direct traffic to our “idea” page instead of the general page as it was set up before. This should make navigation a bit easier for everyone.

      • Aristide February 10, 2011 at 4:07 am #

        My vote is done now. It is up to me to thank you. Iduka is making it and you are the best!!!!

      • Iduka February 11, 2011 at 2:08 pm #

        Thank you, Aristide!

  3. Jacqueline Billishan February 4, 2011 at 8:51 am #

    Thanx 2 Iduka’s exciting and educative programs.

  4. Mfon Essien February 5, 2011 at 11:40 pm #

    Thank to IDUKA for this initiative.

  5. THOMSON VICTORIOUS February 11, 2011 at 12:34 am #

    Can you send me an application form?

    • Iduka February 11, 2011 at 1:57 pm #

      The application is to be done online. To learn more, please visit the application page on this blow. The best of luck to you!


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