Scholarship Evaluation Criteria

Applicants who received a Profile Completeness service grant may be selected to participate in the LinkedIn Profile of Excellence based on the strength of their LinkedIn Profile and Leadership skills in social media engagement.

Selection Criteria

When evaluating applications, the scholarship advisory committee will be looking for a demonstrated commitment to one or more of the following elements:

  •  How well applicants match our underserved, underprivileged, and underrepresented target areas.
  • Demonstrated service and commitment to applicant’s respective community.
  • Applicant’s long-term goals and aspirations.
  • Applicant’s leadership potential.
  • Complete LinkedIn profile with examples that show applicant’s passion for field of study and profession.

Preference will be given to candidates who have demonstrated leadership in their communities and who have shown sustained commitment as evidenced by the quantity and quality of their contributions to community and field of study.

Evaluation Criteria

As part of the Iduka “LinkedIn® Challenge” program, each application must have a 100% complete LinkedIn profile before being nominated to the “LinkedIn Profile of Excellence” award. Candidates will be initially evaluated according to their LinkedIn profile. The screening of each profile is based on the following evaluation criteria that includes 7 mandatory steps:

1. Profile Completeness – 20%

  • Profile must be created in your country’s official language, except for Arabic speaking countries. Since LinkedIn does not support Arabic, profile language should default to the most spoken European language instead.
  • Field name must reflect your first and last name and follow capitalization rules.
  • Headliner indicating your current education status or position should be properly entered.
  • Summary of your studies and specialties or skills must be included.
  • Your photo must follow LinkedIn head shot guidelines. No other image is permitted.
  • Professional Experience must include a list of the positions you’ve held and your major accomplishments at each (if applicable).
  • Education must include a list of all the educational institutions you’ve attended and your major accomplishments at each.
  • The volunteer section must include a list of all the volunteer positions you’ve held and your major accomplishments at each.

2. Company Pages – 20%

  • You must follow Iduka Corporation company page on LinkedIn, as well as any other companies relevant to your professional interests.

3. Groups – 20%

  • You must follow Iduka Connections Group on LinkedIn, as well as the Iduka’s LinkedIn groups related to your geographical region and country. You should also follow other groups relevant to your studies and professional interests.

4. Connections – 20%

  • You must invite all your trusted professional connections to support you on LinkedIn.

5. Recommendations – 20%

  • You must request recommendations from all your trusted connections, including direct supervisors, teachers, and professors.

6. Blog Feed

  • You must add Iduka’s Blog Feed to the contacts section of your LinkedIn profile.

7. SlideShare Presentation

  • You must create and submit a SlideShare presentation of your community service involvement, highlighting your outreach efforts on behalf of Iduka and Iduka LinkedIn Profile Challenge.
Only LinkedIn profiles that meet the above criteria will be submitted to the Scholarship Advisory Board for final selection. We recommend that you join a local Iduka Chapter or form your own local Iduka Chapter. Iduka will be providing adequate training on each of the profile sections listed above through local Iduka Chapters and provide “LinkedIn Profile Completeness” service grants to all applicants who desire to be considered for a “LinkedIn Profile of Excellence” award.

Nomination Guidelines

  • Each candidate must have a 100% complete profile.
  • Each candidate must be recommended on LinkedIn by 5 users who are in a position to attest to the candidate’s academic and leadership qualities.
  • Each candidate must have 3 written recommendations from Teachers and Community Leaders.
  • Eligible candidates for nomination include anyone who is currently enrolled in an African institution of post-secondary education.
  • Eligible candidates for nomination must have a minimum of 150 connections on their LinkedIn profile.
  • Nominations will be made by Scholarship Advisory Committee.
  • Nominations of previously nominated candidates are accepted.
  • Final decision on scholarship will be made by Iduka based on nominations submitted by Scholarship Advisory Committee.
  • All nominees must agree to a post-nomination interview by a member(s) of Iduka, Scholarship Advisory Committee, or Field Partner responsible for Scholarship disbursement and monitoring.
  • Amount of Award will be determined based on the following disbursement tiers that take into account applicants leadership and social media outreach efforts in behalf of program.

Award Disbursement Tiers

Winners will be awarded up to USD $1,000.00 if prior to disbursement of award they have met the following social media leadership engagement thresholds:

Tier 1 – Up to USD $250.00

Engaged 100 students in program and if those 100 students are:

  1. Members of Iduka local chapter group on LinkedIn
  2. Following Iduka Company Page on LinkedIn
  3. Recommending services on Iduka Company Page on LinkedIn
  4. Applying for an Iduka LinkedIn Profile Service Grant or have complete their LinkedIn profile 100% under your direct supervision.

Tier 2 – Up to USD $500.00

Engaged 200 students in program and if those 200 students are:

  1.  Members of Iduka local chapter group on LinkedIn
  2. Following Iduka Company Page on LinkedIn
  3. Recommending services on Iduka Company Page on LinkedIn
  4. Applying for an Iduka LinkedIn Profile Service Grant or have complete their LinkedIn profile 100% your direct supervision.

Tier 3 – Up to USD $750.00

Engaged 350 students in program and if those 350 students are:

  1. Members of Iduka local chapter group on LinkedIn
  2. Following Iduka Company Page on LinkedIn
  3. Recommending services on Iduka Company Page on LinkedIn
  4. Applying for an Iduka LinkedIn Profile Service Grant or have complete their LinkedIn profile 100% under your direct supervision.
  5. Following Iduka Microloans Page on Facebook.

 Tier 4 – Up to USD $1,000.00

Engaged 500 students in program and if those 500 students are:

 

  1. Members of Iduka local chapter group on LinkedIn
  2. Following Iduka Company Page on LinkedIn
  3. Recommending services on Iduka Company Page on LinkedIn
  4. Applying for an Iduka LinkedIn Profile Service Grant or have complete their LinkedIn profile 100% under your direct supervision.
  5. Following Iduka Microloans Page on Facebook.

 

 

Submission Process

 

  • Please refer to Application Form to submit all required documents.

LOCAL IDUKA CHAPTERS: To learn more about local Iduka Chapters, please click here.

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RECOMMENDATION: we recommend that you open a FREE basic LinkedIn account first. That will allow you to apply for the scholarship and register for the workshops we will be presenting on each of the six profile sections indicated above.

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