College tuition costs may be rising from year to year, but students studying computer science have a slew of scholarship opportunities to help them pay their way. There are big, competitive scholarships sponsored by famous names in tech. There are smaller awards offered by specific universities and individuals. Scholarships of all sizes are must-haves for any student hoping to graduate with their degree and little to no debt. That’s why Computer Science Degree Hub went on the hunt for 30 scholarships perfect for anyone intent on studying computer science. Keep scrolling!
AISES 3M Scholarship
American Indian Science and Engineering Society
The American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) sponsors the annual AISES 3M Scholarship. Funded in part by 3M, this award is open to incoming college freshmen who intend to study a STEM subject. Successful applicants will be an enrolled citizen, or a descendent of an enrolled citizen, of a recognized American Indian Tribe or Alaska Native Village. Native Hawaiians, Pacific Islanders, or indigenous persons of Canada are also invited to apply.
Admiral Grace Murray Hopper Scholarship
Society of Women Engineers
The Society of Women Engineers sponsors the annual Admiral Grace Murray Hopper Scholarship. Established in 1992, this award is open to freshmen students pursuing degrees related to computers. Three $1,700 awards are available.
Amazon Future Engineer Scholarship Program
The Amazon Future Engineer Scholarship Program is an annual scholarship sponsored by Amazon. The award is open to high school seniors who plan to major in computer science or a related subject in college. Successful applicants will have completed an advanced placement computer science course while in high school. In addition to the $10,000 award, scholarship winners receive a paid summer internship at Amazon.
Arab American Association of Engineers and Architects Scholarship Program
Arab American Association of Engineers and Architects
Each year, the Arab American Association of Engineers and Architects sponsors a scholarship program. Full-time undergraduate or graduate students are invited to apply. Successful applicants will be studying computer science or a related subject. They will also be dedicated to fostering strong ties between the Arab American community and the Association. Applicants will be judged on their:
- letter of recommendation
- personal statement.
Banatao Family Filipino American Education Fund
Asian Pacific Fund
The Asian Pacific Fund sponsors the annual Banatao Family Filipino American Education Fund. It’s funded by the family of Dado and Maria Banatao. This generous award is open to undergraduate students of at least 50% Filipino heritage. Successful applicants will be studying computer science or a related subject, and will have residency in one of 20 California counties. The $20,000 scholarship will be paid out over four undergraduate years of study.
Betty Stevens Frecknall Scholarship
Foundation for IT Education
The Foundation for IT Education sponsors the annual Betty Stevens Frecknall Scholarship. The award is open to any full-time student pursuing a degree in the field of IT. Winners will be chosen based on:
- academic achievement
- leadership potential
- financial need.
Catching the Dream Scholarship
Catching the Dream
$500 — $5,000
Catching the Dream is a non-profit organization which sponsors scholarships for Native Americans. Undergraduate students who are members of a U.S. tribe are invited to apply for the annual Catching the Dream Scholarship. Successful applicants will demonstrate:
- academic achievement
- financial need
- commitment to the Native American community.
Collabera STEM Scholarship
Collabera sponsors an annual STEM scholarship worth $2,500. Female STEM students studying in the United States are invited to apply for this generous award. The application process includes submission of academic transcripts and a written essay.
Colonel Kathleen Swacina Scholarship
AFCEA International sponsors a number of annual scholarships, one of which is the Colonel Kathleen Swacina Scholarship. It’s named for a retired colonel who struggled with both dyslexia and ADHD. This award is open to outstanding undergraduate women pursuing STEM degrees in the state of Georgia. Successful applicants will be members of the U.S. Armed Forces or enrolled in an ROTC program, or be an honorably discharged veteran.
Edison Scholars Program
The Edison Scholars Program is an extremely generous scholarship sponsored by Edison International. It is open to graduating high school seniors who plan on studying computer science, computer engineering, or a related subject. Successful applicants will have attended a California high school serviced by Southern California Edison. Thirty scholarships are awarded each year.
Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) sponsors the annual Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship. This prestigious award is open to undergraduates in their 2nd or 3rd year of school. Students should have declared a major relating to engineering, and which supports NOAA’s programs and mission. The $9,500 award is renewable for up to one additional year. Scholarship winners also receive a paid 10-week summer internship at a NOAA facility.
The Fund II Foundation UNCF STEM Scholars Program
United Negro College Fund, Inc.
Up to $25,000
The United Negro College Fund, Inc. (UNCF) sponsors the annual UNCF STEM Scholars Program. This generous award is open to talented Black high school students who intend to study a STEM subject in college. The application process includes submission of:
- demographic information
- a C.V.
- a letter of recommendation
One hundred scholarships are available each year.
The Gladys Carol Scholarship
The Gladys Carol Scholarship Program
Each year, the Gladys Carol Scholarship Program sponsors a $2,500 award. The scholarship is open to high school seniors, recent graduates, and current undergraduates. Applicants must be planning to pursue a career in STEM, which includes computer science. Successful applicants will have at least a 3.75 GPA and a minimum SAT score of 1290. This scholarship is renewable, and when funding allows, additional awards are granted.
Society of Women Engineers
The Society of Women Engineers sponsors the annual Honeywell Scholarship. The award is open to undergraduate women who are studying computer science or engineering. Those who can demonstrate financial need and/or are a member of under-represented groups are especially encouraged to apply. Successful applicants will live in one of the 20 states approved to receive this award.
Hispanic Scholarship Fund
$500 — $5,000
The Hispanic Scholarship Fund sponsors its annual HSF Scholarship. Multiple awards of varying amounts are offered to students of Hispanic heritage who are pursuing a college degree. Though all majors are accepted, special consideration is given to those studying a STEM subject. Awards are based on merit, and can range from $500 to $5,000.
IEEE Presidents’ Scholarship
Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) sponsors the annual IEEE Presidents’ Scholarship. Successful applicants will have completed a project exhibiting an outstanding understanding of computer science and/or computer engineering. The award is $10,000, which will be paid out over four years of undergraduate study.
(ISC)² Undergraduate Cybersecurity Scholarship
Center for Cyber Safety and Education
$1,000 — $5,000
The Center for Cyber Safety and Education sponsors a number of scholarships each year. One such scholarship is the (ISC)² Undergraduate Cybersecurity Scholarship. To be eligible for up to $5,000, students must be a senior in high school, or a current undergraduate. They should also be pursuing a career in cybersecurity or a related subject.
James T. and Rose M. Perryman Family Foundation Scholarship
James T. and Rose M. Perryman Family Foundation
The James T. and Rose M. Perryman Family Foundation offers a generous annual scholarship of $25,000. To be eligible, applicants must live and study within 150 miles of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Applicants should also be pursuing a degree in technology or a related subject, including computer science. The submission of transcripts is also required, as preference is given to those with GPAs above 3.0.
Lockheed Martin STEM Scholarship Program
Lockheed Martin sponsors an annual STEM Scholarship Program in which up to 200 students are awarded $10,000. Successful applicants will come from under-represented or under-served communities. They will also be studying engineering or computer science. In addition to the $10,000 award for tuition and other school expenses, the scholarship includes internship opportunities.
Microsoft Tuition Scholarship
Partial or Full Tuition for One Academic Year
Microsoft, a name synonymous with computer science, sponsors the annual Microsoft Tuition Scholarship. The award is open to any student studying for a bachelor’s in Computer Science or a related STEM subject. Those in underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply. The scholarship is merit based, so a demonstrated record of academic achievement is required as part of the application.
NESA STEM Scholarship
National Eagle Scout Association
Each year, the National Eagle Scout Association rewards one accomplished Eagle Scout a very generous $50,000 scholarship. To be eligible for the NESA STEM Scholarship, students must be a high school senior intending to major in computer science or a related subject. They must also have an SAT score of at least 1290, or an ACT score of at least 28. The application process includes submission of three personal statements.
Northrop Grumman SWE Scholarship
Society of Women Engineers
The Society of Women Engineers sponsors the annual Northrop Grumman SWE Scholarship. Any female student studying computer science or related is invited to apply. Preference is given to veteran, those who are disabled, or those from under-represented groups. Successful applicants will be attending one of the universities listed on the scholarship website.
Out to Innovate Scholarships
National Organization of Gay and Lesbian Scientists and Technical Professionals
The National Organization of Gay and Lesbian Scientists and Technical Professionals sponsors the annual Out to Innovate Scholarship. Two $5,000 scholarships are awarded — one to an undergraduate student, and one to a graduate student. To be eligible, applicants must be lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer. They must also be pursuing a degree in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics. The application process includes a questionnaire and a personal statement.
Ralph W. Schrader Graduate Diversity Scholarship
Another AFCEA-sponsored scholarship is the Ralph W. Schrader Graduate Diversity Scholarship. The $3,000 award is open to women and/or students from under-represented groups who are pursuing a graduate degree in computer science, computer engineering, or other STEM majors. The application process includes:
- submission of an application form
- a resume and transcripts
- two letters of recommendation.
Richard E. Merwin Student Scholarship
Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) sponsors the twice-yearly Richard E. Merwin Student Scholarship. Named for a former Institute president, this award is open to undergraduates in the final two years of their computer engineering or computer science degree program. Successful applicants will be active members in their local IEEE chapter. The application process includes submission of transcripts and a letter of recommendation.
Silicon Valley Community Foundation
Up to $15,000
The Samsung@First Scholars award is sponsored by the Silicon Valley Community Foundation. The scholarship is open to undergraduate or master’s students with a declared major in a STEM field, including computer science. To be awarded up to $15,000, applicants must submit:
- an online application
- a personal statement
- two letters of recommendation
Academic transcripts and proof of financial need are also required. Finalists will be invited to interview with the scholarship committee.
“Species on the Edge 2.0” Social Media Contest
Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey
Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey sponsors this fun scholarship which should appeal to animal lovers with an interest in computer science. The award is open to high school students in New Jersey. For a chance at the $1,000 scholarship, applicants need only submit an original social media campaign illustrating the importance of protecting New Jersey’s wildlife.
UPE/ACM Scholarship Award
Upsilon Pi Epsilon and the Association for Computing Machinery
Undergraduate students who belong to the Association for Computing Machinery on their university campus are invited to apply for the Upsilon Pi Epsilon/Association for Computing Machinery Award. This scholarship requires both a personal statement and a declaration of long-term career plans. A recommendation letter from a UPE advisor and copies of one’s academic transcripts are also required. Four $1,000 awards are available.
Wayne V. Black Memorial Scholarship Award
Energy Telecommunications & Electrical Association
The Energy Telecommunications & Electrical Association (ENTELEC) sponsors the annual Wayne V. Black Memorial Scholarship Award. Named for a long-time champion of oil and gas companies, this award is open to students pursuing degrees in a handful of subjects, including computer science and information technology. New topics and criteria are released for the scholarship application in October of each year.
West Virginia Engineering, Science and Technology Scholarship Program
College Foundation of West Virginia
The West Virginia Engineering, Science and Technology Scholarship Program is sponsored by the College Foundation of West Virginia. The award is open to undergraduate students who are pursuing careers in engineering, science, or technology. Successful applicants will be residents of West Virginia. Scholarship winners are expected to work in West Virginia for one year for each year the scholarship is received.
This completes our list of 30 great scholarships for computer science.