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.
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: 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.