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Microsoft Disability Program
Deadline to apply: March 15, 2023 3:00 pm Central Time

The Seattle Foundation has established a scholarship program to assist current high school seniors, living with a disability defined by the World Health Organization, who plan to continue their education in college or vocational school programs and pursuing various eligible areas of study.

The program is administered by Scholarship America®, the nation’s largest designer and manager of scholarships and other education support programs for corporations, foundations, associations, and individuals. Eligibility for individual programs is determined at the sole discretion of the sponsor and eligible applications are reviewed by Scholarship America’s evaluation team.

Applicants to the Microsoft Disability Program must:

  • Be high school seniors living with a disability defined by WHO (World Health Organization) – Impairment in a person’s body structure or function, or mental functioning (visual, hearing, mobility, cognitive, speech, or other disability)
  • Plan to enroll in full-time or half-time undergraduate study at an accredited two-or four year college, university or vocational-technical school for the entire upcoming academic year
  • Pursue a degree in the following eligible majors: Engineering, Computer Sciences, Computer Information Systems, Law, Business, or related field – Paralegal, Pre-Law, Finance, Business Administration, or Marketing
  • Have a minimum grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 grading scale or equivalent

Employees and children of employees of Microsoft are ineligible.

Awards

If selected as a recipient, the student will receive a $5,000 award. Up to eight (8) awards will be granted.

Awards are renewable up to three years or until a bachelor’s degree is earned, whichever occurs first, on the basis of satisfactory academic performance maintaining a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale, full-time enrollment, and continued enrollment in the eligible major.

Awards are for undergraduate study only.

Notification

All applicants will be notified in late May.

Payment of Scholarships

Scholarship America processes scholarship payments on behalf of The Seattle Foundation. Payment is made in early August.

Selection of Recipients

Scholarship recipients are selected on the basis of:

  • Academic record
  • Demonstrated leadership and participation in school and community activities
  • Work experience
  • A statement of educational and career goals and objectives
  • Unusual personal or family circumstances
  • An essay*
  • An online recommendation

Financial need will be considered. Recipients must demonstrate need.

Selection of finalists is made by Scholarship America. Microsoft will select recipients. Not all applicants to the program will be selected as recipients. All applicants agree to accept the decision as final.

*Essay Topic

Based on your experience with disability, please share your vision for new technology innovation (such as devices, software, or services) to enhance inclusion for people with disabilities and how it empowers them to achieve more in their lives or communities. Explain how your idea differs from existing solutions. (2,000 characters max)

As part of your application, you must upload the following:

  • A current, complete transcript of grades. Grade reports are not accepted. Transcripts must display student name, school name, grades and credit hours for each course and term in which each course was taken.
  • NOTE: If you are providing SAT or ACT test scores, and those scores are not listed on your high school transcript, you will need to upload a copy of your test score report(s) separately. If you are uploading a college transcript, those scores are not required.

One online recommendation form must be submitted on your behalf no later than March 20, 2023 3:00 pm Central Time.

Your application is not complete unless all required materials are submitted electronically.

The Seattle Foundation has partnered with Scholarship America. Selecting the button below will redirect you to the Scholarship America Student Hub!