Finding the best grants to pay for a computer science major is no easy feat. This is because of how expensive tuition has become. In 2010, college tuition rose quicker than the national rate of inflation, making scholarships and grant money imperative. Fortunately, there are programs available to computer science majors to help them cover the costs of their education.
In an effort to protect America’s cyber interests, the federal government provides funding for students pursuing computer-related degrees. The government gives money to certain American colleges and universities to distribute to qualified students. The Federal Cyber Service Scholarship is available to both undergraduate and graduate students. For college students, the program is available for their third and fourth year. Master’s and Ph.D. students receive funding for two years. In exchange, recipients must work for the federal government upon graduation for two years.
Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship
Administered by Google, the Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship is named for the founder of the Institute for Women and Technology, Dr. Anita Borg. The program is open to both full-time and part-time female students pursuing a Computer Science or Computer Engineering degree. At a minimum, applicants must have a 3.5 GPA, and demonstrate academic excellence and leadership skills. Selected recipients get $10,000 and an invitation to the Annual Google Scholars' Retreat in Mountain View in California. The Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship is available to women from the United States, Africa, Australia, Canada, Europe, the Middle East, New Zealand, and Asia.
Xerox Technical Minority Scholarship
Minority students can take advantage of the Technical Minority Scholarship program from Xerox, a global document services company. Recipients get from $1,000 to $10,000 in financial aid to pay for their education. To qualify, applicants pursuing an undergraduate computer science degree must be full-time students with at least a B grade point average (GPA) at a four-year college. They must also be American citizens or permanent residents, and be in financial need. A completed application form, which requires information from both the student and her school’s financial aid office, must be accompanied by a resume.
In recognition of the growing need for skilled science and technology professionals, the federal government actively encourages citizens and legal residents to pursue related studies. Through the National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent (SMART) Grant program, computer science majors can get up to $4,000 for their education expenses. To be eligible, they must have a 3.0 GPA and be in their junior or senior year of college. The program is administered by the Department of Education and it is available to both full-time and part-time students.
Due to the under-representation of women in the world of technology, the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) created scholarship programs to increase the number of women in engineering and other technical fields. Consequently, the SWE Scholarship program gives money to hundreds of women each year. Female students getting a computer science degree must be enrolled in an SWE-approved institution, such as the University of Arkansas, the University of Cincinnati, or Towson University. Selected candidates receive anywhere between $1,000 and $10,000.