Last updated: April 23, 2019
In an open letter sent to congress in July of 2017, the Computer Science Education Coalition (CSEC) addressed the rapid growth of the computer science industry and ways the government can support educational opportunities to fill the demand for professionals. As it turns out, the data looks like an opportune time for college students to consider a career path in computer science. To date, there are over 500,000 open computer positions in every possible sector from tech to manufacturing, banking, agriculture and healthcare, however, only 50,000 students actually graduated with a computer science last year.
The industry’s growing demands and need for qualified individuals have prompted key players in the tech industry such as Google, Microsoft and IBM to offer a variety of computer science scholarships that help aspiring and current students reach their educational goals.
Not only does computer science provide students with extremely sought after knowledge, it also leads to the highest-paying, fastest-growing jobs in the U.S. economy. Explore our guide to learn more about careers in computer science and use our interactive scholarship tool to sort through scholarships based on award amount and financial need.
Computer science professionals offer irreplaceable skills that help transform our daily lives. Using current tools and constantly scanning the horizon for new game-changing technology opportunities, they create and simulate paths that move society forward.
“Technology doesn’t work on its own. It’s just a tool. You’re the ones who harness its power. It’s up to you to know your environment and to use these new tools at your disposal in the smartest and most effective ways possible.”
— Eric Schmidt, Google Executive Chairman
With society increasingly reliant on technology, students pursuing degrees in computer science have many opportunities ahead of them starting with a variety of scholarship options.
Computer Programmers: Write the code that allows all computer applications to run. They do so by communicating with computers in programming languages.
Web Developers: Also referred to as "web designers" or "webmasters," they design, code and maintain all aspects of a website.
Software Developers: Also known as "computer programmers," software developers design, install and test the maintenance of software systems. They specialize in either applications or systems software.
Systems Managers: Oversee a company’s IT operations.
Hardware Engineers: They put in the research, design and work developing and testing computer systems and components. Their work influences the direction of computer technology development.
Software Engineers: Build and design software operating systems, business applications, games and network control systems. They tend to specialize in a few areas of development.
IT Architects: Designs IT solutions and services for organizations. They generally possess a strong background in both business and IT to provide the foundation for a strong information management and computer networks.
Database Administrators: Oversee and organization’s information while protecting databases by backing them up and creating protection against hackers. They optimize and expand existing databases.
Network Administrators: Also known as "systems administrators," they're responsible for keeping an organization’s computer network up to date and running smoothly. They work to install firewalls, evaluate software and hardware, monitor traffic and test the network for weaknesses.
Systems Analysts: They evaluate an organization’s computer systems and processes to help clients operate their business in a more efficient manner.
Security Analysts: They protect a network from cyber attacks and security breaches while investigating any compromised data that exists.
Computer Information Researchers: They invent and design new technology and meaningful applications for computer hardware and software programs.
There are hundreds of scholarships for computer science students, which are awarded by local organizations, private companies, societies and more.
Grants don’t need to be paid back and are based on your financial circumstances. They are usually funded by the federal government, your state or college.
While scholarships usually fund tuition, fellowships typically cover graduate study, research projects and abroad experiences without needing to be paid back.
You can borrow money from the government or a bank, but it needs to be paid back with interest. The federal government offers many loan options—fill out the free application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to see if you qualify for financial aid. If you need help, use our interactive guide to learn how to answer every question.
Provides part-time jobs for undergraduate and graduate students with financial need, allowing them to earn money to pay education expenses.
If you’re just beginning the process of finding suitable scholarships, make sure you’re prepared for the application process by starting a folder with the assets below.
Instructions: Click through the dropdowns below to sort by award amount and if you qualify for need-based aid.
Deadline: February 1, 2020
Applicant must have been born and raised in Chicago metropolitan area, including Lake County, Indiana; or one continuous year of full-time employment in the Chicago metro area prior to enrollment. Applicant must be Jewish and demonstrate career promise in a specified helping profession.
Deadline: March 24, 2020
Applicant must be a female in the STEM field. Must submit a transcript, resume, and answer an essay prompt.
Deadline: April 1, 2020
Applicants must be of Hispanic origin and/or must demonstrate leadership or service within the Hispanic community. Applicant must also be enrolled in an accredited 2 or 4-year undergraduate or graduate program and have at least a 3.0 GPA. Must be pursuing a STEM degree.
Deadline: April 1, 2020
Applicant must be pursuing a degree in a STEM program that is related to the needs of the NAVSEA workforce. Must be attending a school that is considered a Hispanic-Serving Institution with an engineering program accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). Must have at least a 3.0 GPA.
Deadline: April 30, 2020
Applicant must intend on pursuing a career in the online gaming and entertainment industry as a developer. Applicant must be a full-time undergraduate student starting their second year or a graduate student attending an accredited college or university in the US and must hold at least a 3.3 GPA.
Deadline: May 1, 2020
This scholarship is available to incoming female freshmen who are majoring in computer science or computer engineering. Applicant must have a minimum 3.5 GPA.
Deadline: May 1, 2020
By completing application, students are eligible to receive 15 different scholarships from EDSF. Students must be pursuing careers in the document management and graphic communications industries.
Deadline: May 1, 2020
The SWE Scholarship Program provides financial assistance to women pursuing a degree in engineering, technology or computer science at an ABET-accredited university. Students who are re-entering college after two or more years, part-time students and full-time students are eligible to apply.
Deadline: May 9, 2020
Applicants must be graduating high school seniors planning to attend the University of Texas-Austin full-time. Applicants must have participated in the the University Interscholastic League (UIL) Academic State Meet. Applicants must have graduated in the top 25% of their class.