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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!


Scholarship Contest Preview

29 Jan


Raphael Njararuhi, Somalia Coordinator

Sheripher Dinala, South Africa Coordinator

As the result of the strong engagement and dedication of our intern student volunteers working across Africa, Iduka will soon be announcing two additional scholarships to underserved, underrepresented, and/or underprivileged African students who live and intend to pursue post-secondary education in an African country participating in the Iduka Africa Pilot Project (iAPP).

The registration process will start February 5. Application guidelines for this online scholarship contest will be posted on this blog in the next few days.

YOUR OPINION MATTERS TO US! If you would like to nominate a student or are a student who would like to take part in our next round of scholarships, make sure to pre-register by leaving a comment on our We Media page by February 4. We are using your comments to evaluate your interested in our African scholarship program and the viability of peer-voted contests in Africa.

Current Iduka student volunteer interns who plan to apply are strongly encouraged to indicate their intention by posting their comments on the above mentioned page. As simple comment will be enough, but you may also use this forum to express your opinions about our programs in general and our Africa pilot project in particular. We want to hear from you!

Please stay tuned for more details about this exciting new grant.

Survey Results

24 Jan

Thanks for the survey! This shows your openness to the project, but also it instills trust to members. Bravo and keep it up when it comes to issues of decision-making!” – one survey respondent

Survey results are in! We had 54 people fill out the online survey. Pretty good, considering it was only posted on our blog over this past weekend and only lasted three days.

Although this survey involved a small sample and was non scientific, it does offer a good range of opinions about the process among a group of people highly committed to the project.

The overall results are mixed, but quite instructive. Roughly half of you want Iduka to award the scholarships the non-traditional way, while the other half prefers us to stick to the traditional method of having a scholarship committee select the grantees. However, the majority of you indicated that you’d like to nominate a student and is willing to participate in the selection process if requested to vote in an online voting contest.

Some argue that the traditional way is boring and tedious, while the supporters of the traditional selection method voice their concern about the fairness of the online contest. Some respondents fear the possibility that the winner will end up being the “most popular” and not necessarily the most deserving underserved, underrepresented, and/or underprivileged student.

We would like to finish by sharing one comment from the survey. One person wrote: “What about a selection process that combines both the traditional and non traditional options?” We find that this suggestion will guarantee the integrity of the process while still enabling participation of our online supporters.

Thank you to those of you who provided your opinions. We will work hard to make the process fair, transparent, and fun. We will soon announce the application guidelines. So, please stay tuned if you are interested in participating in our upcoming round of scholarships.

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