Microsoft awards college tuition scholarships each year to encourage students to pursue studies in Computer Science and related STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) disciplines. Recipients will be awarded in recognition of their demonstrated passion for technology, academic excellence and leadership while working to push the software industry forward.
Microsoft strongly encourages underrepresented groups to pursue STEM fields of study. Because they greatly value a broad range of perspectives and contributions, a large majority of the scholarships will be awarded to female students, underrepresented minority students (African-American, Hispanic or Native American etc.) or students with disabilities. However, Microsoft will review all applications and select final candidates on the holistic basis of eligibility, quality of application, demonstrated passion for STEM, commitment to leadership and financial need.
In addition to STEM tuition scholarships, Microsoft enables students to participate in technical conferences like Grace Hopper, SHPE, NSBE and others. A conference scholarship grant covers the cost of conference registration and a lump sum amount towards travel, hotel and other related expenses.