Achievers in Technology Program

Applications are currently CLOSED for Spring 2021! 
The deadline Was Saturday, May 15th, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. EST.

About The Program

Sankofatech’s Achievers in Technology (AIT) is a rigorous four-year scholarship and mentorship program that aims to produce the next generation of African technology professionals in the United States. We believe technology is not the preferred career path for youth of African descent due to lack of knowledge about the industry, community misconception (i.e., not perceived as prestigious), and lack of access to resources.  We aim to tackle these problems through the AIT program. AIT scholars go through a rigorous four-year program that equips them with essential skills and access to a network of like-minded peers, mentors, advisors, and accomplished professionals in the tech industry.

Benefits of Participation

AIT scholars will receive numerous benefits by participating in the program, and some of these benefits include:

    • An annual $500 scholarship award* (up to $2000)
    • Personalized career mentor(s) from top tech companies
    • Job readiness training (e.g., mock job interviews, resume reviews)
    • Access to a network of diverse tech professionals
    • Site visits to tech companies
    • Virtual webinars related to career and personal development
    • Opportunity to work on a project that benefits your community
*The scholarship is contingent on the scholar’s continuation in the Sankofatech’s Achievers in Technology Program and the selection of a qualified STEM major.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants for the 2021-2022 AIT cohort must: 

    • Be entering a U.S. college or university as a first-year student in the 2021-2022 academic year 
    • Demonstrate an interest in pursuing a tech career (ie. Software Engineering, Product Management, Data Science, Information Security, Project/Program Management, Networking, Database Administration, etc.
    • Be of African descent 
    • Come from a low-income household


Selection Process

Students who are interested in participating in the AIT program should follow the steps outlined below: 

    1. Fill out an application form by Saturday, May 15th, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. EST. (Applications are CLOSED)
    2. Selected applicants will be invited for an interview.
    3. Sankofatech will notify all applicants of the final decision by July 2021.

Next Steps To Apply

Applications for the Sankofahtech AIT program are now CLOSED
For any questions related to your application, AIT, or Sankofatech, please contact ait@sankofatech.org