Scholarships for Computer Science Students

Last updated: March 06, 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.

The Paul and Ellen Ruckes Scholarship

Amount: $2,000

Deadline: April 1, 2019

The Paul and Ellen Ruckes scholarship is applicable for both undergraduates or graduates who are studying in the field of engineering or in the computer, physical, or life sciences. Students can use one application form to apply for more than one scholarships listed on the site. All applicants must be U.S. citizens or naturalized citizens.

The Lucy Kasparian Aharonian Sscholarship

Amount: $1,000

Deadline: April 19, 2019

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

Randy Pausch Scholarship Fund

Amount: $2,500

Deadline: April 30, 2019

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, 2019

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.

Lockheed Martin/HENAAC Scholars Program

Amount: $500-$10,000

Deadline: April 1, 2019

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.

Electronic Document Scholarship Foundation

Amount: $1,000-$5,000

Deadline: May 1, 2019

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, 2019

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, 2019

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 1, 2019

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.

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.

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.

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, 2019

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.