Patoranking Foundation Launch $500,000 Technology Scholarships to Support the Empowerment of African Youth

Patoranking Foundation, a non-profit organisation on a mission to advance Africa through education, entrepreneurship and empowerment, has announced the launch of the $500,000 Patoranking Foundation Tech Scholarships.

In a strategic partnership with ALX Africa,, a well-known technology training provider, the foundation is introducing the $500,000 Patoranking Foundation Tech Scholarships. This program will provide 40 young Africans with the chance to learn valuable tech skills in data analytics, cloud computing, and Salesforce Administration. The partnership is aimed at preparing the scholars to become the next pioneers in technology.

Founded by African musician Patrick Okorie, better known as Patoranking, the Patoranking Foundation utilizes research, advocacy, and partnerships to provide transformative educational programs and market-ready entrepreneurial skills to outstanding young leaders in Africa. Having invested over $1 million in youth education across the continent over the past six years, the introduction of a $500,000 tech scholarship in partnership with ALX Africa marks a new chapter in the Foundation’s mission.

Starting from May 30th, 2024, 40 exceptional candidates will have the chance to participate in world-class tech training programs, developing in-demand tech skills sought after by leading global employers. Candidates will ideally already be changemakers in their communities and will have the opportunity to qualify for internship opportunities with leading global tech companies, bridging the gap between theory and real-life practice.

The tech scholarship is open to promising tech-savvy candidates from all over Africa. Applicants will be required to successfully complete the ALX admissions process, and beneficiaries will be selected after a review of individual application videos and essays submitted on the Foundation’s website.

Patrick Okorie, Founder of the Patoranking Foundation, expressed his excitement about the partnership, stating, “At Patoranking Foundation, we are dedicated to advancing Africa through education and entrepreneurship. ALX Africa shares our commitment to empowering tomorrow’s leaders via access to advanced digital skills that are critical to future employability and entrepreneurship, and we are delighted to partner with them.”

The Patoranking Foundation has leveraged partnerships to provide promising young leaders with access to leading educational institutions under its Sky Level Initiative. In 2020, the Foundation awarded full scholarships to 10 scholars from eight African countries to study at the African Leadership University (ALU) in Rwanda or Mauritius. Currently, 170 young pupils are on scholarship in five leading schools in Ebonyi state, Nigeria, the founder’s home state.

Celebrated educator and entrepreneur Fred Swaniker, Founder of ALX Africa, commented on the partnership, saying, “In today’s world of AI and Big Data, young people need to be prepared for uncertainty; they need to be agile and adaptable. Through our collaboration with Patoranking Foundation, we hope to empower tomorrow’s tech disruptors and innovative community leaders with the most in-demand hard and soft skills to solve the problems of the continent and beyond.”

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 own futures and catalysts for progress within their communities.  To apply, please visit: 

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