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15157397158_6c3d5d56f7_o22015/2016 Scholarship Application is closed!

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Eligibility Criteria

WAAW foundation’s annual scholarship initiative is aimed at supporting need based African female STEM-focused college education. Please read the eligibility criteria before you apply. All non qualifying applications will be automatically deleted! Criteria for eligibility includes:

  • Female students of African origin, living and studying in Africa.
  • Currently enrolled in undergraduate B.S.degree program.
  • Studying STEM related courses in a University or college in Africa.
  • Demonstrable financial need, and
  • Excellent Academic Record.
  • Below the age of 32 years.
  • Graduation date is after December of award year

Please note that we do not fund graduate (masters, MBA or Phd) programs, second or subsequent degrees, students older than 32 years, non-STEM focused courses or Diploma degrees. There no NO EXCEPTIONS to these requirments.

WAAW Foundation awards annual scholarships to students who demonstrate need and prove their status as full time students in a STEM related course in an African University. Recipients will be required to start a STEM Outreach Cell at their university.

Please visit our FAQ page for answers to your questions, including a list of accepted and not accepted courses. Note that there are NO EXCEPTIONS to the courses listed.

How to Apply

Your application will include the following:

  • Application form filled out completely. We will only accept online applications this year. NO PAPER APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED*.
  • 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 a strong criteria in determining candidates who are short listed. Responses to essay questions that address career goals and how you expect the WAAW scholarship will assist in your education. Please have you essay responses ready before you begin the application.
      1. In 500 words or less, please write an essay on your future career goals and how you expect the WAAW foundation scholarship will assist in fulfilling those goals.
      2. In 300 words or less, please describe what you believe about female education in Africa and its impact on research, development or advancement in African economies.
      3. Describe in ten or less sentences why you need a scholarship. Tell us about your need or personal/family/financial situation and how the funds from WAAW scholarship will assist your education and/or career plans.
  • Two academic/professional references. Note recommendations and transcripts ARE NOT REQUIRED AT THIS TIME. ONLY after a candidate has been shortlisted.
Submitting your application

Please complete all sections of the application form and submit all required materials to WAAW foundation by the deadline. Application may be completed online. Click Here to Begin your application.

For further information or inquiries please email:

Please do not email inquiries until you have reviewed all the requirements above,  including the list of accepted and unaccepted course in the FAQ link above.

ONLY Shortlisted candidates will be required to send the following additional items in order to complete this process.

  • 2 references; one MUST be written by a professor from your institution of study and the other from an academic supervisor/advisor or mentor. Reference forms should be downloaded from 2016_ScholarshipReferenceLetter and emailed to references@waawfoundation.org
  • A copy of a current signed and sealed transcript from your University to be emailed totranscripts@waawfoundation.org, faxed to 1.888.519.4269 or to be mailed to:
    WAAW Foundation Scholarship Committee
    P.O. Box 1691, Wylie. Texas 75098.
    *Scanned copies of original transcripts may be emailed to transcripts@waawfoundation.org.
  • A copy of the student’s School identity card must be scanned and emailed to u

Previous Scholars


Genet Melaku
Civil Engineering
Mekelle University

Najara K. Rebaccah
Civil Engineering
University of Nairobi

Igbonezim Judith Chikodi
University of Ilorin




Mektrida Patrick
Computer Science
University of Tanzania



Monica Gitundu
Electrical and Computer Engineering
University of Nairobi


Odette Mih
Electrical Engineering
National Advanced School of Engineering


Lilian Kamara
Computer Science
Makerere University


Christiana Iyasele
Chemical Engineering
Delta State University


Damaris Waema
Computer Science
Jomo-Kenyetta University



Kondana Kamsesa
Catholic University
Of Malawi


Mercy Aboh
Agric. Engineering
Federal University
Of Technology, Minna


Rose Macharia
Medicine & Surgery
Jomo Kenyetta


Winnie Mogusu
Civil & Construction Engr
University of Nairobi



Chinenye Ezeakor
Harcourt, Nigeria
University of Port


Lorrine Maleya
Jomo Kenyatta
Mech. Engineering
University of Agric.
& Technology


Kelly Nadia Tchanda
Yaounda, Cameroon
Mathematics &
Physics National
School of


Ashabe Katushabe
Computer Science,
Makerere University

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