STEM WOW Essay Competition

STEM WOW Essay Competition


The STEM WOW Essay Competition by Nsesa Foundation seeks to encourage girls and young women to reflect on our powerful STEM WOW stories and how these stories have impacted them.

STEM WOW is a project by Nsesa Foundation to tell the stories of inspirational young African women on the continent and in the diaspora who are rocking it in the field of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). Since February 2018, we have shared the inspirational stories of such women across the world on our website and social media pages with the goal of inspiring the next generation of female African Innovators, Scientists, Engineers and STEM educators with these powerful stories.

To participate in the competition, you will read the stories and reflect on how their stories have impacted you, one way or the other and write a 300 to 500-word essay to share your reflections with us. Make sure to include specific examples of how you have been impacted in your reflection. You may also include initiatives or projects you have started or want to start due to inspiration from the STEM WOW stories.

Read the STEM WOW Stories here.


To be eligible for the STEM WOW Essay Competition, you must be a female African student currently enrolled in high school, graduated from high school or in any university.


Applicants with the top reflection essays will receive one or more of the following awards.

  1. The Project iSWEST Prize – A full scholarship to attend Project iSWEST 2018 from 9th to 28th July 2018. Read more about Project iSWEST here.
  2. The SuaCode Prize – A full scholarship to participate in the next cohort of SuaCode in August 2018. Read more about SuaCode here.
  3. The STEM WOW PrizeA real-time virtual mentoring session with one of our STEM WOW’s where you get the opportunity learn from them, ask questions and receive expert advice on a wide variety of subjects.

Note: You would have to apply for Project iSWEST 2018 or SuaCode separately if you are interested in The Project iSWEST Award or The SuaCode Award respectively.

However, if you are not interested in applying Project iSWEST 2018 or SuaCode, you will still be eligible for the STEM WOW Prize

Learn more about Project iSWEST 2018 here or learn more about SuaCode here.


The deadline for submitting your essay is Saturday, 30th June 2018.


Apply for the STEM WOW Essay Competition and submit your essay by clicking the button below. 

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