Last updated: March 16, 2018

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



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.


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.


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.

HSF 2018-2019 Scholarship

Amount: $500-$5,000

Deadline: March 30, 2018

Applicant must be of Hispanic descent. Can be a graduating high school student, community college student transferring to a four-year university, an undergraduate or graduate student. Preference is given to STEM majors.


Amount: $5,000-$10,000

Deadline: March 31, 2018

Applicants must be current AISES members at the time of application and must be of American Indian descent. Applicant must have a 3.0 GPA and will be evaluated based on their interest in participating in an Intel internship in Summer 2018.

IEEE President’s Scholarship

Amount: $10,000

Deadline: April 1, 2018

Eligible applicants must compete in the Intel ISEF competitions beginning at the state/local level and advance onto the international competition, held annually in May. Scholarship is payable over four years at an undergraduate university.

Citigroup Fellows Program United Negro College Fund (UNCF)

Amount: $6,400

Deadline: April 1, 2018

Applicant must be a junior or senior at a UNCF member college or university and have a 3.0 GPA. Multiple degree programs are eligible for this award.

Paul and Ellen Ruckes Scholarship

Amount: $2,000

Deadline: April 1, 2018

Applicant must show proof of legal blindness. Applicant must be a full time graduate or undergraduate student majoring in a field of engineering or in computer, physical, or life sciences.

Juan Lafuente Memorial Scholarship

Amount: $1,000

Deadline: April 1, 2018

Applicant must be a high school senior residing in Dutchess County, New York.

Judy Shankle Memorial Scholarship

Amount: $500

Deadline: April 15, 2018

Applicant must be a graduating high school senior from Graves County High School in western Kentucky. Must be pursuing a degree in a computer technology related field.

ESA Foundation Scholarship Program

Amount: $3,000

Deadline: April 26, 2018

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.

Randy Pausch Scholarship Fund

Amount: $2,500

Deadline: April 30, 2018

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.

Richard E. Merwin Student Scholarship

Amount: $1,000

Deadline: April 30, 2018

Applicants must be graduate students or undergraduates in the final two years of an undergraduate program in electrical or computer engineering, computer science, or a well-defined computer related field of engineering who are active members of a student branch or chapter of the IEEE Computer Society. Applicant must have at least a 2.5 GPA and an IEEE Computer Society membership.

Electronic Document Scholarship Foundation

Amount: $1,000-$5,000

Deadline: May 1, 2018

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.

Admiral Grace Murray Hopper Memorial Scholarships

Amount: $1,500

Deadline: May 1, 2018

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.

Henry Beckman Memorial Scholarship

Amount: $1,000

Deadline: May 9, 2018

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.

Fran O'Sullivan Women in Lenovo Leadership Scholarship

Amount: $5,000

Deadline: May 16, 2018

Applicants must be female college freshmen, sophomores, juniors, seniors, or graduate students and have a 3.0 GPA. This scholarship includes a travel stipend to attend the SWE annual conference.

HORIZONS Foundation Scholarship

Amount: varies

Deadline: June 12, 2018

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.

UPE Scholarship Award

Amount: $1,000-$2,500

Deadline: June 15, 2018

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.

Xerox Technical Minority Scholarship

Amount: $1,000

Deadline: September 30, 2018

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, 2018

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, 2018

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.

Adobe Research Women In Technology Scholarship

Amount: $10,000

Deadline: November 3, 2018

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.

SMART Scholarship

Amount: varies

Deadline: December 1, 2018

Awards will consist of full college scholarships at an approved university and employment at the Department of Defense upon graduation. Applicant must have a 3.0 GPA and be available for summer internships.

Women Techmakers Scholars Program

Amount: $10,000

Deadline: December 1, 2018

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.

APIASF/NASA Scholarship

Amount: $2,900

Deadline: January 11, 2019

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.

Dell Scholars Program

Amount: varies

Deadline: January 15, 2019

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.

AAAS Mass Media Science And Engineering Fellows Program

Amount: $5,000

Deadline: January 15, 2019

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: January 25, 2019

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.

GET IT (Girls Exploring Together – Information Technology)

Amount: $5,000

Deadline: January 31, 2019

Applicant must reside in or be enrolled in a Michigan university. Applicant must be female and a member of an MCWT Foundation GET IT high school program. Applicant must have a minimum of a 3.0 GPA and be enrolled in a qualified program with a technical focus.

The Jewish Federation Of Metropolitan Chicago Academic Scholarship

Amount: $1,000-$8,000

Deadline: February 1, 2019

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.

Sarder Scholarship

Amount: $2,500


Winner will be granted up to $2,500 for tuition to be used towards courses offered by NetCom. Must be at least 18 years of age and be a high school graduate or have a GED.

Carnegie Mellon Executive Women's Forum INI Fellowship

Amount: varies


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


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

AfterCollege STEM Inclusion Scholarship

Amount: $500

Deadline: March 31, 2018

Applicant must be working toward a degree in a STEM field from a group underrepresented in their field of study. Must have a inimum of a 3.0 GPA.

Dr. Arthur A. Kezian DDS Science Scholarship, STEM

Amount: $1,200

Deadline: March 31, 2018

Must be between the ages of 16 and 28 at time or application. Must be a high school senior or undergraduate student pursuing a degree in STEM.

NSHSS STEM Scholarship

Amount: $1,000

Deadline: April 1, 2018

Applicant must be a high school senior with a 3.0 GPA who wishes t pursue a degree in STEM or a related film. Must provide a list of STEM related activities similar to that of a resume.

AAUW Return to Learning Scholarship

Amount: $2,500

Deadline: April 1, 2018

Applicant must be a women enrolling in an accredited college or university in a STEM field. Student must be returning to school after a significant period of time.

Armed Forces Communications & Electronics Association STEM Majors Scholarships

Amount: varies

Deadline: April 13, 2018

Applicants must hold at least a sophomore or junior level standing in a full-time undergraduate program at a four-year college or university (online programs okay). Applicant must be a US citizen and submit a transcript, two letters of recommendation from faculty in major of study and hold at least a 3.0 GPA.

Buildium Women in Technology Scholarship

Amount: $2,500

Deadline: April 15, 2018

Applicant must submit both a video and essay. Applicant must be a female student in the STEM field.

Best Value Schools STEM Scholarship for Women

Amount: $2,000

Deadline: April 15, 2018

Applicant must be a female student graduating from high school or in an undergraduate degree program. Must be majoring in a STEM field and have at least a 3.0 GPA.


Amount: $1,000

Deadline: April 20, 2018

Applicants must be full-time, female students of Armenian descent who hold at least junior undergraduate standing and studying STEM.

Lockheed Martin/HENAAC Scholars Program

Amount: $500-$10,000

Deadline: April 30, 2018

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.

Microsoft Diversity Conference Scholarship

Amount: varies

Deadline: May 5, 2018

Scholarship winner will receive the opportunity to attend one of four diversity conferences and a $1,200 travel and meal stipend. Applicant must be enrolled in a full-time bachelor, masters, or PhD program in the US, Canada, or Mexico. Must be studying computer science, computer engineering, or STEM related field.

Charlotte Knights STEM Scholarship

Amount: $1,000

Deadline: May 5, 2018

Applicant must reside in certain specified counties. Must be a graduating high school senior planning on pursuing a degree in STEM with an SAT score of 1600 or and ACT score of 26.

Out to Innovate Scholarship

Amount: $5,000

Deadline: June 1, 2018

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.

Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program

Amount: $7,500

Deadline: January 30, 2019

Applicants must be nominated by his/her/their university as opposed to filling out a traditional education. Must be majoring in computer science or another STEM field. Applicant must be a college sophomore or junior.

Michigan Council of Women in Technology Undergraduate Scholarship

Amount: $5,000

Deadline: January 31, 2019

Applicant must be a female undergraduate student residing in Michigan. Must be studying STEM and have at least a 3.0 GPA.

Microsoft Tuition Scholarship

Amount: varies

Deadline: February 9, 2019

Applicant must be pursuing a four-year bachelor's degree program in computer science, computer engineering, or a related STEM field. Student must be attending a full-time school in the US, Canada, or Mexico and have at least a 3.0 GPA.