Microsoft Philanthropies Awards Millions in YouthSpark Grants

, the philanthropic arm of software giant , has announced grants to one hundred organizations in fifty-five countries to ensure that students have access to computer science education.

The grants to local schools, businesses, and community organizations were awarded through Microsoft's $75 million initiative, which provides young people with opportunities to learn computing skills. Recipients will leverage their grants to create new and engaging opportunities for students to explore computer science and acquire the skills needed to prepare for and succeed in today's jobs and careers. The efforts of its partners also is expected to build on work Microsoft has under way, including its commitments to computer science education through programs such as , , and .

Later this month, Microsoft will convene some of its nonprofit partners from around the world during a YouthSpark Summit at its campus in Redmond to learn, discuss, share ideas, and develop action plans aimed at disseminating knowledge and expertise in their communities.

"Every young person should have an opportunity, a spark, to realize a more promising future," said Microsoft Philanthropies president Mary Snapp in a blog post. "Together with our nonprofit partners, we are excited to take a bold step toward that goal today."

"." Microsoft Blog Post 04/20/2016.