Scholarships for Computer Science Students

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.

Careers in Computer Science

 

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.

 
 

How to Pay for College

1

Scholarships

There are hundreds of scholarships for computer science students, which are awarded by local organizations, private companies, societies and more.

 
2

Grants

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.

 
3

Fellowships

While scholarships usually fund tuition, fellowships typically cover graduate study, research projects and abroad experiences without needing to be paid back.

 
4

Student Loans

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.

 
5

Federal Work-Study Program

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.

Scholarship Application Preparation

Not all scholarships are based off of your GPA, but most need to verify your high school education to qualify. Try to get certified copies of your transcript early, so you have plenty of time to meet the deadline.
Although there are scholarship opportunities that aren’t merit-based, it’s valuable to take the SAT or ACT standardized tests in case it’s a scholarship qualification.
Your scholarship essay is what will bring attention to your application out of the pool of applicants. That’s why it’s important to craft a stand out piece that attests to your experience, adheres to the scholarship guidelines and most importantly, highlights your true personality.
Letters of recommendation are a true judgement of your character—something that can’t be revealed through your test scores or transcript. Reach out to former teachers, counselors or bosses, so that they can speak to your qualifications. You may also want to provide them with a resume that outlines your achievements and goals as well.
 

Computer Science Scholarships

Instructions: Click through the dropdowns below to sort by award amount and if you qualify for need-based aid.

Great Minds in Stem Scholarship Program

Amount: $500-$10,000

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.

U.S. Navy STEM Scholarship

Amount: $10,000

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.

Randy Pausch Scholarship Fund

Amount: $2,500

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.

Admiral Grace Murray Hopper Memorial Scholarships

Amount: $1,500

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.

Electronic Document Scholarship Foundation

Amount: $1,000-$5,000

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.

Society of Women Engineers Scholarships

Amount: $1,000-$15,000

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.

Henry Beckman Memorial Scholarship

Amount: $1,000

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.

Ricoh Scholarship Program

Amount: Varies

Deadline: June 15, 2020

As a global technology leader, Ricoh is offering need-based scholarships to HBCU minority students. The applicant must be pursuing an undergraduate degree and a U.S. Citizen, or permanent resident. Out of 5 awards, for 2 awards at least preference shall be given to women.

CleverFiles Data Recovery and Protection Scholarship

Amount: $1,000

Deadline: August 15, 2020

These scholarships (one for a US student, one for a non-US student) are offered to those interested in data protection and management. Students must submit a 750 word essay discussing the importance of data in the digital age. Students must also submit a letter of recommendation. For more information visit their website.

Adobe Research Women In Technology Scholarship

Amount: $10,000

Deadline: September 25, 2020

Applicants must be female undergraduate students enrolled full-time at an accredited college or university and have at least one more year of undergraduate work to complete. Must maintain a strong academic record.

Xerox Technical Minority Scholarship

Amount: $1,000

Deadline: September 30, 2020

Awards range from $1,000 to $10,000. Applicants must be minority students enrolled in one of the technical sciences or engineering disciplines and be working towards a bachelor's, master's or PhD program. Must have a B average or better.

Upsilon Pi Epsilon Student Award for Academic Excellence

Amount: $1,000

Deadline: October 31, 2020

Eligible applicants include undergraduate or graduate students who are IEEE Computer Society members. Applicant must have a 3.0 GPA and demonstrate academic excellence, extracurricular activities in the applicants field of study and three letters of recommendation.

Lance Stafford Larson Student Award

Amount: $500

Deadline: October 31, 2020

Award is given to the applicant who submits the best paper on a computer-related topic. There will be one award for undergraduates and a second for graduate students.

Young Innovators to Watch Scholarship

Amount: $1,000

Deadline: November 22, 2020

The Young Innovators to Watch awards individual students or small teams under 20 students, for developing projects that demonstrate exceptional creativity and innovation in technical or scientific contexts. Winners will be flown to CES in Las Vegas for an awards ceremony.

Women Techmakers Scholars Program

Amount: $10,000

Deadline: December 1, 2020

Applicant must be majoring in computer science, computer engineering, or a related field and must be a female student entering her senior year of undergraduate study or be enrolled in a graduate program in the upcoming academic year at a university in the US. Must maintain a 3.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale. Winners and finalists will be invited to attend the Annual Google Scholars' Retreat in Mountain View, California.

Dell Scholars Program

Amount: Varies

Deadline: December 1, 2020

Applicant must be a graduating high school senior who has been in a Michael & Susan Dell Foundation approved college readiness program in grades 11 and 12. Must be planning to enroll in a full-time bachelor's degree program immediately after graduating high school and have a minimum 2.4 GPA.

APIASF/NASA Scholarship

Amount: $2,900

Deadline: January 15, 2021

Applicant must be the first in their family to attend college, be living at or below poverty levels, and be representative of the APIA community's diversity. Applicant must be of Asian Pacific Islander descent and be enrolling as an undergraduate student in a U.S. accredited college or university in the fall. Must have at least a 2.7 GPA.

AAAS Mass Media Science And Engineering Fellows Program

Amount: $5,000

Deadline: January 15, 2021

Applicant must be enrolled full time in a college or university at any level, and majoring in computer science, or other approved field. Winner must attend an orientation at AAAS headquarters at the beginning of the summer (early June) and a wrap-up session at the end of the summer (mid-August).

Wayne V. Black Scholarship

Amount: $5,000

Deadline: February 15, 2021

Applicant must be currently enrolled in a full-time bachelor's degree program in engineering, computer science, MIS, pre-law, political science, or IT. Applicant must submit a biography, 5-page essay, and transcript.

ESA Foundation Scholarship Program: Computer and Video Game Arts Scholarship

Amount: $3,000

Deadline: March 1, 2021

Applicants must be women or minority students and have a minimum of a 2.75 GPA. Must be pursuing a degree leading to a career in computer and video game arts. 15 awards will be given to graduating high school seniors and 15 will be given to current undergraduate students.

HORIZONS Foundation Scholarship

Amount: varies

Deadline: March 15, 2021

Applicant must be a graduate or undergraduate female currently enrolled at an accredited university or college, either full-time or part- time (must be at least at junior level status). Must have an interest in pursuing a career related to national security or defense and have a minimum of a 3.25 GPA.