*Supports cards globally and mobile money (Ghana only)
If you stop reading now, you may conclude that I am nothing more than an e-begge. I assure you that I am not, so please keep reading.
There are four universities that tie for first place in computer science in the US:
I got accepted into grad school at UC Berkeley's Department of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science with a focus on Data Science and Systems.
Inasmuch as getting in was a great achievement, it only proved to be the first hurdle. Before I can even complete processing and registration I have to show proof of access to a minimum budget of $75,921 of which tuition accounts for $57,021. This is the estimated breakdown by UC Berkeley.
Scary numbers, I know. I applied to Berkeley with high hopes of receiving a full MasterCard Scholarship for Africans. The grant was supposed to be operational from 2012 to 2020, however, the last disbursement was released to 2018 admits (seeing as most of them graduate in 2020). Simply put, the scholarship eluded me,
I have applied and written to a number of external scholarship-providing organizations (the most prominent being the OFID scholarship by OPEC), but until I get a response from them (latest by June), I have to do what I can with the assumption that help is not coming from anywhere. If my scholarship applications go through, I will donate all funds I raise here to charitable educational causes across Africa.
If you don't know me, I probably haven't given you much reason to care. Let me tell you a bit about myself and my reasons for pursuing this so relentlessly.
I am very passionate about education in Ghana and Africa, particularly the task of positioning African youth to both take advantage of, and contribute to, the technology of the fourth industrial revolution which threatens to leave Africa behind. I actually chose a one-year programme in an effort to return home as soon as possible and get to work with the knowledge I will gather. The brevity of the programme is what prevents me from covering my costs through research or teaching assistantship.
I have served in many capacities to make this dream a reality: serving as a teaching assistant in my old university; teaching robotics to pre-teen children; serving as a mentor in coding bootcamps and Ghana's Python Ladies' Community; speaking at conferences to encourage more work in this field, among other things. There are many more details on my website.
Although I am seeking help from benevolent donors, I'm willing to put my skills to work as a software engineer to pay for this. I have limited time to raise the money, but if you have a need for a software developer and can offer a generous donation in exchange for my services, please contact me. My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here on Payputt, I am soliciting for GHC15,000 to bring this dream closer to reality. Nothing is too small.
Also please, please, pleeeeeaase share this campaign with your network. Your act of kindness could be the difference between me enrolling in this life-changing opportunity or having to let it go.