Entertainment & SocietyPatoranking Foundation, ALX launches $500,000 tech scholarship for African Tech talents

Patoranking Foundation, ALX launches $500,000 tech scholarship for African Tech talents

June 10, (THEWILL)- Patoranking Foundation a non profit organisation founded by singer, Patrick Nnaemeka Okorie aka Patoranking is on a mission to advance Africa through education, entrepreneurship and empowerment. In a strategic partnership with ALX Africa, it has launched its USD$500,000 (approx. UGX1.9 billion, NGN700 million) tech scholarship initiative to provide 40 young tech-savvy Africans with access to a variety of transformative technology programs in data analytics, cloud computing, and salesforce administration. Having invested over USD$1 million (approx. UGX3.8 billion, NGN1.4 billion) in youth education in Africa over the last six years, the introduction of a USD$500,000 (approx. UGX1.9 billion, NGN700 million) tech scholarship marks a new chapter in the foundation’s mission. The scholarship is open to promising tech-savvy candidates across Africa between the ages of 18 to 34. Candidates will be required to complete the ALX admissions process and only 40 will be selected after a review of the individual application videos and essays. The shortlisted candidates will participate in training programs and develop in-demand tech skills sought after by leading global employers. As part of their scholarship, they will have the opportunity to qualify for internship opportunities with leading tech companies to bridge the gap between theory and real-life practice.

“We have done this by providing academic scholarships to exceptional African students at all levels. Now we partner with ALX Africa to announce technology scholarships. ALX Africa shares our commitment to empower tomorrow’s leaders via access to advanced digital skills that are critical to future employability and entrepreneurship. This step takes us closer to our goal of equipping one million Africans within the next 10 years. At Patoranking Foundation, we are ardent believers in the abundance of exceptional talents and changemakers in Africa and will continue to challenge the financial inequalities that threaten the emergence of the next generation of African disruptors,” Patoranking said.

Celebrated educator and entrepreneur Fred Swaniker, Founder of ALX Africa, said through this partnership they hope to empower tech disruptors and innovative community leaders with the most in-demand hard and soft skills to solve the problems of the continent and beyond. The Patoranking Foundation has leveraged partnerships to provide promising young leaders access to leading educational institutions under its Sky Level Initiative. In 2020, the foundation awarded full scholarships to 10 scholars from 8 African countries, including Nigeria, Tanzania, Uganda, and Liberia, to enable them to study at the African Leadership University (ALU) in Rwanda or Mauritius. At the primary and secondary education level, 170 young pupils are currently on scholarship in five leading schools in Ebonyi state, Nigeria. Patoranking continues to leverage his influence to nurture Africa’s entrepreneurial passion, ready to accelerate transformative change to the nations and the continent. By selecting resilient and innovative community changemakers for the tech scholarships, the Patoranking Foundation is equipping Africa’s young leaders with much-needed digital skills to scale local impact and providing them with useful connections for collaborations. Through its concerted efforts, the foundation hopes to create a ripple effect of change, empowering the youth to become architects of their futures and catalysts for progress within their communities.

 

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