Computer Science is the study of computers and computational systems. Computer scientists deal with the theory, design, development, and the application of software and software systems.
With the tech industry growing rapidly, many students are adopting Computer Science as their academic career field. With a Computer Science degree, you can find a job with an average salary in the range of $50k-$130k per year according to Payscale.
Many students run away from the idea of loans and try to find different ways to fund their education. Scholarships are one of the most popular ways students use to pay some part of their tuition or cover basic expenses.
Fortunately for the Computer Science field, there are many scholarships for students enrolled in the field. Let’s take a look at a list of some of these scholarships across U.S.
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Important note: When applying for scholarships, please make sure you meet all the eligibility requirements. It is very important that you submit your application with all the required materials on or before the stated deadline. Your application can get rejected if you are missing a document or submit your application even a few minutes after the deadline.
Pro Tip: When applying, show your enthusiasm and relevancy to the scholarship (how getting this scholarship will help you on a personal level or help you achieve specific goals). Also keep your community service game strong, be an exceptional student in your field, and you will be all set!
Scholarship amount = $1000-$5000
Application Deadline: February 17, 2020
The (ISC)² Undergraduate Scholarship is for students pursuing or planning to pursue a degree in cybersecurity, information assurance or a related field. Students who are in their senior year of highschool can apply for this scholarship if they are planning to start their undergraduate degree in the fall. The GPA requirement is 3.3 out of a 4.0. Applications open 12/1/2019 and deadline is 2/17/20.
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Scholarship Amount: $2,000 to $8,000
Application Deadline: February 7, 2020
The Association for the Advancement of Cost Engineering International (AACE) is giving out a scholarship for students who have completed one year of college or are full-time students pursuing degrees related to the integrative process of total-cost management. Students pursuing a full-time degree in the following fields are also eligible: Engineering (including Agricultural Engineering, Architectural Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Mining Engineering, and Electrical Engineering).
A GPA of 3.0 or above is required.
The applications for year 2020 will open in January 2020. Be on the lookout for any change in dates or requirements on AACE website.
Scholarship Amount: Up to $7,500
Application Deadline: January 20, 2020
Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation is giving out a scholarship for students pursuing careers in Computer Science or other STEM degree programs. This scholarship is awarded to 300 students each year. For year 2020, the number has increased to 450. This scholarship covers expenses like tuition, books, and boarding for one academic year. A student can only win this scholarship once and must be nominated by his or her college or university. Nomination materials include: student questionnaire, research essay, three letters of recommendation, transcript(s), and the Institutional Nomination Form.
Women Techmakers Scholars Program
Scholarship Amount: $10,000
Application Deadline: TBD (check website for updates on deadline)
Women Techmakers Scholars Program, formerly called the Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship, is offered to female undergraduate and graduate students who are enrolled in the fields of computer science, computer engineering, or other closely related fields of study. This scholarship is awarded based on academic performance, leadership, and impact on the community of women in tech. The scholarship gives the opportunity for students to connect with fellow scholars and share resources through an online network. Students also get a chance to meet and network with Google mentors and participate in professional and personal development training and workshops.
Find more information about this scholarship on the Women Techmakers Scholars website.
Scholarship Amount: $40,000 with rewards from $1000 and up
Application Deadline: April 30 and September 30 each year
Note: For this scholarship IEEE Computer Society membership is required.
IEEE Computer Society is offering a scholarship for students who show exceptional effort in their academic fields. The scholarship was created in honor of the late Richard E. Merwin who was the president of IEEE Computer Society.
Undergraduate students who are in their final two years of an electrical or computer engineering, computer science, or a well-defined computer related field of engineering program are eligible. The scholarship also applies to Graduate students.
Minimum GPA required is 2.5/4.0. Students should be enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program full-time. Previous winners of the Richard E. Merwin award are not eligible to apply.
Scholarship Amount: $10,000
Application Deadline: Late summer of 2020
The Adobe Research Women-in-Technology Scholarship is for undergraduate and graduate female students in the field of computer science. Applicants are selected based on their academic record, personal statement, and three letters of reference.
The Adobe Research Women-in-Technology Scholarship includes a $10,000 award for the winner, a Creative Cloud subscription membership for one year, access to an Adobe Research mentor, and an opportunity to interview for an internship at Adobe.
Scholarship Amount: $10,000
Application Deadline: For 2020-2021 academic year, scholarships will open on Dec 15th, 2019
Note: To apply for this scholarship you must be an AISES member.
The American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) helps students acquire unique skills for STEM needs. The scholarship is open year round. Students need to submit a General Application Profile through the Online Scholarship Application Information System (OASIS). The application can be finished, revised, and submitted any time throughout the year. Once submitted, the application will automatically pair students when a scholarship opportunity is available that matches their eligibility.
AISES also offers travel scholarships and legacy scholarships programs. Check their website for more information.
Scholarship Amount: Upto $10,000
Application Period: December 15 – February 1, 2020
The Applied Computer Security Associates (ACSA) SWSIS program provides scholarships for women studying in the field of information security or any other related field. This purpose of this scholarship is to provide assistance to women in the beginning of their careers. Through the SWISS scholarship, ACSA aims to increase the representation of women in the information security workforce.
To be eligible for the scholarship, the student should be in their junior or senior year of undergraduate studies or enrolled in a graduate program. The student must be a U.S. citizen or a permanent resident of U.S. and must be enrolled in a U.S. based university.
STEM Major Scholarships for Undergraduate Students
Scholarship Amount: Upto $2,500
Application Deadline: April 10, 2020
STEM Major Scholarships is for undergraduate students enrolled in their second year of college or in a four-year degree program. The scholarship is not eligible for students who are in a two-year college degree program or are not enrolled in a university yet.
Minimum GPA requirement is 3.0 or higher. Students must be U.S. Citizens or permanent residents and enrolled in a U.S college or university.
Students enrolled in the following fields are eligible for this scholarship: Computer Engineering, Computer Forensics Science, Computer Programming, Computer Science, Computer Systems, Cybersecurity, Electrical Engineering, Electronics Engineering, Geospatial Science, Information Science and Information Technology.
For the full list of study disciplines/fields, please see AFCEA website.
Scholarship Amount: One-time $2,500 awards to multi-year $20,000 awards
Application Deadline: January 22, 2020
The APIA scholarship is for underserved APIA students who live at or below the poverty level in the country, belong to an underrepresented ethnicity (Asian and/or Pacific Islander), or are the first ones to attend college in their family. The students must be a citizen or legal permanent resident of U.S.
GPA minimum requirement is 2.7/4.0. The student must have also applied for federal aid application through free Federal Student Aid (FASFA) by early April 2020 for the 2020-2021 academic year.
Computer Science will stay a hot field for years to come and there will never be a shortage of scholarships for this discipline. So don’t stay limited to this list, keep searching for more!
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