Achievers in Technology Program

Applications are currently CLOSED for Spring 2020! 
Deadline was Sunday, April 26, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. EST.

About The Program

Sankofatech’s Achievers in Technology (AIT) is a rigorous four-year (three years for current college freshmen) 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 their 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 2020-2021 AIT cohort must: 

    • Currently a college freshmen or entering a U.S. college or university as a first-year student in the 2020-2021 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 


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 Sunday, April 26, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. EST. 
    2. Your application will be reviewed by members of the Sankofatech team.
    3. Selected applicants will be invited for an interview.
    4. Sankofatech will notify all applicants of the final decision by July 2020.

Next Steps To Apply

Applications for the Sankofa AIT program are now OPEN. Make sure to submit your application for consideration by Sunday, April 26, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. EST! For any questions related to your application, AIT, or Sankofatech, please contact ait@sankofatech.org