Although college tuition continues to skyrocket, there are computer science grants available for undergraduates. These grant programs give scholarship money to qualifying students and are provided by both private groups and even the federal government. If you are in need of financial aid and plan to study computer science, consider the following programs as one of them could make the difference.
The Edison Scholars Program is administered by Edison International, which is the parent company of Southern California Edison (SCE) and Edison Mission Group. The program aims to encourage more students to study engineering, math, science and technology. It is available to high school graduates who are on their way to an accredited college. Selected recipients get $2,500, which they can renew each academic year for three more years. To be eligible, applicants must have a 2.8 grade point average (GPA) or higher, demonstrate financial need and be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. They must also live in or attend high school in areas serviced by SCE or the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station.
To ensure that the United States maintains national security, remains competitive and to spur innovation, the federal government provides funding to students in science. One such program is the DOE Scholars Program, which is administered by the Department of Energy. It funds American citizens and legal residents who are pursuing one of a select number of degrees including engineering, medical science, computer science and information technology. In addition to funding for college tuition, recipients also get a living stipend. To apply, candidates must complete an application form and submit a resume, an official transcript and a 6,000-word essay.
Named in memory of the creator of the Institute for Women and Technology, the Anita Borg Scholarship program aims to increase the number of women in the scientific field. To that end, young women from the United States and other parts of the world can receive up to $10,000 for school. The scholarship is administered by Google and requires candidates to have at least a 3.5 GPA. Both part-time and full-time students can apply for the program, which is only available to women who are getting a computer science or computer engineering major.
American citizens and permanent legal residents can take advantage of the Federal Cyber Service Scholarship. It is offered by the federal government and gives $10,000 to college students pursuing a computer science degree. In addition, recipients also get a monthly living stipend. The scholarship is given to those about to commence their junior year of college and will be automatically renewed for the final academic year. In exchange for funding, recipients must work for a minimum of two years and on a full-time basis for the federal government as an information assurance specialist.
Minority students can apply for the Medtronics Foundation Scholarship to pay for their educational costs. Administered by the United Negro College Fund, the scholarship is open to students pursuing degrees in computer engineering and computer science, amongst other select majors. Applicants must have a 3.0 GPA and must be enrolled in one of several UNCF-member schools. These include Benedict University, Fisk University, Spelman College and Xavier University. Recipients get up to $5,000.