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

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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.

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.

Out to Innovate Scholarship

Amount: $5,000

Deadline: June 1, 2019

Applicant must identify as LGBTQ and be pursuing a degree in STEM. One scholarship will be awarded to an undergrad and one will be awarded to a graduate student. Must hold at least a junior undergraduate status and actively promote LGBTQ inclusion and visibility.

Southern Automotive Women's Forum Scholarship

Amount: Varies

Deadline: June 1, 2019

Candidates are those enrolled or planning to enroll in an undergraduate institution in the Southern states of Florida, Georgia, Arkansas, Alabama, North Carolina, Mississippi, Louisiana, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia. Students must be women pursuing a degree in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering or Math) or the automotive field.

UPE Scholarship Award

Amount: $1,000-$2,500

Deadline: June 1, 2019

Applicant must be an ACM member at their school. Schools can submit one undergraduate and one graduate application. A UPE advisor recommendation letter, personal statements and a description of long-term professional plans must be included with application.

Chuan Ai Lu Engstrom Memorial Scholarship

Amount: $1,000

Deadline: December 1, 2019

Any full-time graduate or undergraduate accredited student with a GPA of 2.5 or higher is welcome to apply. Applicants are asked to discuss their vision for electronic design, engineering and manufacturing in the global economy.

Upsilon Pi Epsilon Student Award for Academic Excellence

Amount: $1,000

Deadline: October 31, 2019

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, 2019

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.

SimpliSafe STEM Scholarship

Amount: $1,000

Deadline: November 30, 2019

SimpliSafe scholarship is for students in the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields. The program provides financial assistance to Bachelors, Masters, or PhD students enrolled in STEM degree programs. Applicant must be a US Citizen or legal permanent resident.

Carnegie Mellon Executive Women's Forum INI Fellowship

Amount: Varies

Deadline: January 1, 2020

This scholarship is awarded for a student's full tuition amount. Applicant must have at least a 3.25 GPA and be admitted to an INI graduate program.

Palantir Scholarship for Women in Engineering

Amount: $10,000

Deadline: March 24, 2020

Applicant must be a female in the STEM field. Must submit a transcript, resume, and answer an essay prompt.

Latinos in Technology Scholarship

Amount: Varies

Deadline: January 1, 2020

The Latinos in Technology Scholarship was established to support Hispanic community in Silicon Valley. This program will give up to 100 Latino student to graduate from college with an educational opportunity. The scholarship is need-based specifically for residents of specific Northern California counties.

CleverFiles Data Recovery and Protection Scholarship

Amount: $1,000

Deadline: June 30, 2019

This scholarship is offered to students that are interested in data protection and management. Students that apply must be enrolled in college and submit a 750 word essay that discusses the important of data in the digital age. Students must also submit a letter of recommendation. For more information visit their website.

Simplr Artificial Intelligence and Technology Scholarship

Amount: $7,500

Deadline: December 31, 2019

Simplr is offering a $7,500 scholarship to the student that writes the best essay on Artificial Intelligence. Students must be pursuing an undergraduate degree in computer science, math, information technology (IT) or a law degree. Students studying under the DACA program are eligible. For more information and for the essay prompt, visit their website.

WISE (Women in STEM Excel) Scholarship

Amount: $1,500

Deadline: June 28, 2019

Dr. Alexander Sobel created this scholarship to encourage and inspire women in Washington to pursue STEM fields. The scholarship is open to female Washington residents studying a STEM-related field and applicants must write an original essay as well as submit one letter of recommendation. For more information, visit their website.