With the average cost of an undergraduate degree running close to $120,000 and climbing, students pursuing computer science degrees are increasingly turning to financial aid in the form of scholarships. The good news is that many resources exist for these individuals. In this article, we explore 50 great scholarships for computer science students. We encourage students to use this list as a starting point, for there are many other scholarships for computer science and related disciplines available.

1. Admiral Grace Murray Hopper Memorial Scholarship

Offered by the Society of Women Engineers, this scholarship is only available to female undergraduate students who are in their freshman year of their college education. Students must be enrolled in an accredited computer science or engineering program and have a grade point average of at least 3.5 or higher. Scholarship winners are awarded $1,500 to help them with their education. The application deadline is May 16.

Admiral Grace Murray Hopper Memorial Scholarship Link

2. AISES Intel Scholarship

This scholarship is only available to AISES (American Indian Science and Engineering Society) Members who are also either members of an American Indian tribe, are Alaska Natives or Native Hawaiians. Students must be full-time undergraduate or graduate students to be eligible and be enrolled at a two-year or four-year institution. Students must also be majoring in computer science, computer engineering, or one of another select fields. Applicants should have at least a 3.0 GPA, the application deadline is June 15, and scholarship winners are awarded monetary amounts anywhere from $5,000 to $10,000.

AISES Intel Scholarship Link

3. Anne Maureen Whitney Barrow Memorial Scholarship

Offered by the Society of Women Engineers, this scholarship is available to female undergraduate students at any point in their four-year journey to a degree. Students must be majoring in either an accredited computer science program or an accredited engineering program. Students must also have at least a 3.5 GPA and must submit their applications by May 16. Winners receive $7,000 in scholarship money, which is renewable for a maximum of five years.

Anne Maureen Whitney Barrow Memorial Scholarship Link

4. Electronic Document Systems Foundation Scholarship Award

The Electronic Document Systems Foundation offers a number of scholarships for students interested in a career pertaining to the preparation, production, or distribution of documents. Students should be enrolled in college full-time and can be majoring in a number of subjects, including computer science. Most scholarships require students to be juniors, seniors, or graduate students, but there are awards available to students at all levels. The application deadline is May 2 and winners receive monetary awards of anywhere from $500 to $5,000.

Electronic Document Systems Foundation Scholarship Award Link

5. Honeywell International Inc. Scholarship

Offered by the Society of Female Engineers, this scholarship is only available to female undergraduate students who are rising freshman and are planning to major in computer science, computer engineering, electrical engineering, or one of several other types of engineering. Applicants must demonstrate financial need and must submit their applications for consideration by February 17. Winners receive $5,000 in scholarship money.

Honeywell International Inc. Scholarship Link

6. HSF/Marathon Oil Corporation College Scholarship Program

This scholarship is only available to students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents and are Hispanic, African American, Alaskan Natives, Native American, Asian, or Pacific Islanders. Students can only apply if they are sophomores or seniors. Sophomores should be majoring in computer science, computer engineering, information technology, or another select subject. Seniors should be planning to pursue a graduate degree in geology or geophysics. Regardless, applicants should have at least a 3.0 GPA and submit their applications by October 1. Winners may receive up to $15,000 in scholarship money.

HSF/Marathon Oil Corporation College Scholarship Link

7. HSF/Verizon Foundation Scholarship

To apply to this scholarship, students must be of Hispanic heritage, be U.S. citizens or permanent residents, and be either college sophomores, juniors, or seniors. Students must be enrolled full-time at a four-year institution and be majoring in a foundation-approved area of study, including computer science. Students should also have at least a 3.0 grade point average and submit their applications by July 10. The scholarship award is in the amount of $2,500.

HSF/Verizon Foundation Scholarship Link

8. IBM Corporation Scholarship

Offered by the Society of Female Engineers, this scholarship is available to female undergraduate students who are sophomores or juniors and are enrolled full-time in a CSAB-accredited computer science program or an ABET-accredited computer engineering program or electrical engineering program. Students must also have at least a 3.4 GPA and will have a better chance of winning if they are from an underrepresented group. The application deadline for this $1,000 scholarship is February 15.

IBM Corporation Scholarship Link

9. Joseph P. and Helen T. Cribbins Scholarship

Offered by the Association of the United States Army, this scholarship is available to students who are activity duty or honorably discharged soldiers in the U.S. Army or one of its affiliates (such as the National Guard). Students must be accepted into or enrolled in an accredited institution and be majoring in engineering or a related subject (such as computer science). The application for this $2,000 scholarship is due July 1.

Joseph P. and Helen T. Cribbins Scholarship Link

10. Lambeth Family Scholarship

This $3,000 scholarship is available to students who are enrolled in any degree-granting postsecondary program and are majoring in business, engineering, mathematics, computer science, or the natural sciences. Students must submit an application and all necessary supporting documents to the Seattle Foundation by March 1.

Lambeth Family Scholarship Link

11. Lockheed Martin/HENAAC Scholars Program

This scholarship, offered by Great Minds in STEM, is only available to U.S. citizens or permanent residents who are full-time students majoring in either computer science or aerospace, electrical, mechanical, software, or systems engineering. Students must have at least a 3.0 GPA and should show leadership and involvement in the Hispanic community (although being of Hispanic heritage is not a requirement). The award amount varies and the scholarship application is due by April 30.

Lockheed Martin/HENAAC Scholars Program Link

12. Northrop Grumman Foundation Scholarship

This scholarship is available to undergraduate students who are sophomores, juniors, or seniors. Students must be enrolled in an accredited computer science or engineering program (such as aerospace, mechanical, electrical, industrial, or computer engineering) and have at least a 3.0 grade point average. The application is due by February 17 and winners receive $5,000 in prize money.

Northrop Grumman Foundation Scholarship Link

13. Paul and Ellen Ruckes Scholarship

Offered by the American Foundation for the Blind Scholarship Committee, this scholarship is only available to students who are legally blind or visually impaired. Students can be studying at either the undergraduate or graduate level and be majoring in the physical sciences, life sciences, engineering, or computer science. Students should submit their applications for the $1,000 award by April 30.

Paul and Ellen Ruckes Scholarship Link

14. Rockwell Automation Scholarship

This scholarship is available to juniors or seniors who are majoring in computer science, computer engineering, or another related engineering field. Students should have at least a 3.0 grade point average and demonstrate strong leadership abilities. Students should submit both the application and supporting materials for this $2,500 award by February 17.

Rockwell Automation Scholarship Link

15. Scott Tarbell Scholarship

Offered by the Accredo’s Hemophilia Health Services, this scholarship is available to U.S. citizens who have hemophilia A or B severe. Students must be accepted into or enrolled in an accredited undergraduate program and be planning to study either computer science or math. Winners are selected based on academic achievement, extracurricular involvement, and financial need. Applicants should submit their applications by May 1, and the monetary amount of the awards varies.

Scott Tarbell Scholarship Link

16. United States Steel Corporation Scholarship

This scholarship is available to U.S. citizens who are undergraduate juniors and are majoring in either computer science or engineering. Applicants must have at least a 3.0 grade point average and submit both the application form and all supporting materials by February 17. Winners receive $5,000 in award money from the Society for Women Engineers.

United States Steel Corporation Scholarship Link

17. AACE International Competitive Scholarship

This academic scholarship is available to full-time students who are pursuing a degree in engineering, computer science, information technology, or another related field. The scholarship committee considers applicants’ scholastic and collegiate accomplishments to determine winners of the $2,000 to $8,000 awards. Students should submit their application and essay by February 15.

AACE International Competitive Scholarship Link

18. ExCEL Computing Scholarship

Students may apply for this scholarship, offered by Loyola University Chicago, if they are bachelor’s of science students who are majoring in bioinformatics, communications networks and security, computer science, computer science and mathematics, computer science and physics, information technology, or software development. Undergraduate winners receive $5,000 in award money, and graduate students receive $5,000 plus nine credits of tuition remission.

ExCel Computing Scholarship Link

19. Executive Women’s Forum INI Fellowship

This scholarship is offered by both Carnegie Mellon University’s Information Networking Institute and the Executive Women’s Forum. Incoming INI students who are majoring in information networking or information security are eligible for this full tuition scholarship. Students must have at least a 3.25 grade point average and demonstrate exceptional leadership abilities.

Executive Women’s Forum INI Fellowship Link

20. Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship

Offered by Google, this scholarship honors the memory of Anita Borg by awarding scholarship recipients with $10,000 in tuition money each year. Students must be female undergraduate or graduate students and demonstrate strong academic and leadership accomplishments. Applicants should be enrolled in either a computer science or computer engineering program and have at least a 3.5 GPA.

Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship Link

21. Ann Arbor AWC Scholarship for Women in Computing

Offered by the Ann Arbor Chapter of the Association for Women in Computing, this scholarship is available to full- or part-time female students who are enrolled in a postsecondary institution in the state of Michigan. Students must be majoring in a computer- or technology-related subject or be pursuing a certification for a career in computers or technology. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents and answer three essay questions in 2500 words or less. Applications for this award of up to $1,000 are due April 1.

Ann Arbor AWC Scholarship Link

22. Oregon Space Grant Undergraduate Scholar Program

Offered by the Oregon Space Grant Consortium, this $2,000 scholarship is available to students who have majors within the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) disciplines, including computer engineering and computer science. Students who are from underrepresented groups are particularly encouraged to apply. There are separate opportunities available to students at community colleges and four-year institutions. Applications are due by May 17.

Oregon Space Grant Undergraduate Scholar Link

23. EDSF Board of Directors Scholarship

This scholarship is available to full-time students who are pursuing a degree in document management and/or graphics communication. This includes a number of majors within the computer science and engineering fields, such as web design, software development, IT design, and systems analysis. Students should have at least a 3.0 GPA and be attending an accredited university. The application is due by May 1 and awards range from $1,000 to $5,000 to be used toward academic expenses.

EDSF Board of Directors Scholarship Link

24. Ford Motor Company Tribal Scholarship

This $3,000 scholarship is only available to students who are majoring in math, science, engineering, business, teacher training, or environmental science. Applicants should be full-time students with at least a 3.0 GPA average, demonstrate leadership abilities, and show financial need. Applicants also should be of American Indian, Alaskan Native, or Native Hawaiian descent, show commitment to the American Indian community, and should preferably be attending a Michigan tribal college. Applications are due by May 31.

Ford Motor Company Tribal Scholarship Link

25. Catching the Dream MESBEC Program

This scholarship is for students who are studying math, science, engineering, business, education, or computers. Students should be ¼ degree or more American Indian, and be an enrolled member of a U.S. tribe, be attending (or planning to attend) a U.S. university full-time. Students should have excellent grades, high standardized test scores, some work experience, strong leadership abilities, and a commitment to the American Indian community. Scholarship awards range from $500 to $5,000 and the applications are due by March 15 (for summer school), April 15 (for fall), and September 15 (for spring).

Catching the Dream MESBEC Scholarship Link

26. Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers Scholarship

This scholarship is available to Hispanic students who are majoring in a STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) field and have a minimum 3.0 grade point average. There are a number of scholarships available which range in monetary amount from $1,000 to $5,000. Applications are due by May 1 of each year.

Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers Scholarship Link

27. Wayne V. Black Scholarship

Offered by the Board of Directors of the Energy Telecommunications & Electrical Association, this scholarship is in memory of Mr. Wayne Black and is available to full-time undergraduate students with at least a 3.0 GPA. Students must be enrolled in an institution in the U.S. or Canada and be pursuing a degree in engineering, computer science, pre-law, political science, telecommunications, or information technology. Scholarships are awarded in the amount of $5,000 and the application deadline is January 21.

Wayne V. Black Scholarship Link

28. ESA Foundation Computer and Video Game Scholarship

This scholarship is available to full-time female and minority students attending (or planning to attend) accredited colleges and universities. Up to 30 $3,000 scholarships are awarded annually – 15 to high school seniors, and 15 to current college students. Students must be planning to pursue a career in computer and video game arts, be U.S. citizens, and have at least a 2.75 grade point average. The application is May 15 of each year.

ESA Foundation Computer and Video Game Scholarship Link

29. William E. Weisel Scholarship Award

To be eligible for this award, students must be full-time undergraduate students pursuing a degree in engineering or technology at an accredited institution in the U.S. or Canada. Students must hope to find a career in robotics or automated systems involved in manufacturing. Preference will be given to students who are seeking a job in medical robotics. Applicants must also have completed at least 30 credit hours and have at least a 3.0 grade point average on a 4.0 scale.

William E. Weisel Scholarship Award Link

30. Pennsylvania SciTech Scholarship

This $3,000 scholarship is available to bachelor’s degree students who are at least sophomores, are attending school full-time, and have at least a 3.0 GPA. Students must also be attending a private or public institution in Pennsylvania and have completed an internship or job experience in their field of study. Students must be majoring in a science or technology field. The application deadline varies.

Pennsylvania SciTech Scholarship Link

31. AAAS Mass Media Science and Engineering Fellows Program

This fellowship is for senior undergraduate students and graduate students who are majoring in science, engineering, or mathematics. Winners of the fellowship have the opportunity to work at media sites as science reporters for ten weeks. Students also win a $5,000 stipend plus travel expenses. Applicants must submit their application and all supporting materials by January 15.

AAAS Mass Media Science and Engineering Fellows Link

32. AIAA Foundation Orville and Wilbur Wright Graduate Awards

To be eligible for this scholarship, applicants must be graduate students participating in research that pertains to their engineering or science studies. This can include master’s or doctoral thesis research. Winners receive $5,000 to go towards academic expenses. The deadline for applications is January 31 or each year.

AIAA Foundation Orville and Wilbur Wright Graduate Award Link

33. APS/IBM Research Internship for Undergraduate Women

Offered by both the American Physical Society and IBM, this scholarship is available to undergraduate female students who are pursuing a degree in either science or engineering. Scholarship recipients earn 10 week internships at one of three IBM locations. Students must be either sophomores or juniors at a U.S. college or university; have a minimum 3.0 GPA; and be majoring in chemistry, physics, materials science, engineering, computer science, or biology. The scholarship deadline is February 1.

APS/IBM Research Internship Link

34. Betty Stevens Frecknall Scholarship

This scholarship is available to full-time students who are pursuing a degree in information technology at an accredited U.S. institution. Scholarship recipients are chosen based on academic achievement, leadership ability, and financial need. Students must also be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Scholarship applications are due by May 31 of each year.

Betty Stevens Frecknall Scholarship Link

35. SWE Golden Gate Section Scholarship

Offered by the Society of Women Engineers, this scholarship is available to high school seniors who hope to pursue a degree in computer science, mathematics, engineering, or physical science. Students must be female and be attending school in San Francisco, Marin, Napa, Sonoma, or San Mateo County, or parts of Contra Costa or Alameda County. The application deadline for this scholarship, which awards over $10,000 a year to local students, is March 28.

SWE Golden Gate Section Scholarship Link

36. HSF/Procter & Gamble Company Scholarship

Offered by both the Hispanic Scholarship Fund and the company Procter & Gamble, this scholarship is available to Latino students pursuing a degree in a STEM (science, technology, engineering, or math) field, including computer science. To be eligible, applicants must be Hispanic, be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, have at least a 3.0 GPA, have filled out the FAFSA, and be enrolled in or planning to attend an accredited institution on a full-time basis. The award is in the amount of $2,500 and the application is due January 20.

HSF/Proctor & Gamble Company Scholarship Link

37. HP Scholars Program

This scholarship is available to computer science, computer engineering, or electrical engineering majors who are of African American, American Indian, or Latino heritage. Students must be either high school students or community college transfer students planning to attend either UCLA, North Carolina A&T, Morgan State University, or the University of Washington. The total value of the monetary award, internship, and HP Scholar Productivity Package is over $40,000. The deadline for applications varies.

HP Scholars Program Link

38. Jim and Anna Hyonjoo Lint Scholarship

Dedicated to supporting students who are pursing degrees in national security and counterintelligence, this scholarship is available to students in a variety of fields, including computer science. Both people who work in these fields and their children are eligible for this award. Scholarship money (in the amount of $1,500) is to be used to cover the cost of tuition and fees only, and does not include the price of room and board. The deadline for submitting an application is by July 31 of each year.

Jim and Anna Hyonjoo Lint Scholarship Link

39. Furman University Liberty Scholarship

This renewable $8,000 per year scholarship is available to freshman undergraduate students who are majoring in business administration, economics, computer science, information technology, or mathematics. Scholarship applications are due by January 15 of each year. Known, more specifically, as the Herman and Francis Hipp Scholarship, the award is one of over 100 merit-based opportunities Furman offers to its freshmen students.

Furman University Liberty Scholarship Link

40. NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program

Offered by the National Science Foundation, this scholarship is for master’s or doctoral students who are leaning toward research-based careers in STEM. The foundation gives out approximately 1,000 grants each year to students in a wide variety of disciplines. One set of grants is specifically for students of engineering, computer and information science and engineering, and materials research, and recipients are awarded a $32,000 annual stipend for three years, along with $12,000 toward education costs and a number of research opportunities. Applications for the fellowship are due in November.

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Link

41. Association of Old Crows Scholarship/Enlisted Tuition Grant

This AOC scholarship program aims to assist students who are majoring in engineering or the hard sciences and are planning to pursue a career in electronic defense or a related field. Awards are available both to students and military personnel on active duty. The application deadline varies and students must address a number of short answer questions as well as one brief essay explaining their educational and career goals.

AOC Scholarship Link

42. SMART Scholarship for Service

The Science, Mathematics and Research for Transformation scholarship provides students with a stipend, generally between $22,500 and $38,000 a year, along with full tuition, health coverage, a book allowance, and money for other educational expenses. Students must be U.S. citizens and be 18 years or older to receive this award from the Department of Defense, with whom there are employment opportunities for recipients. Students must also have a 3.0 GPA or higher, be majoring in an approved field, and be currently enrolled at an accredited university at the undergraduate or graduate level. The scholarship deadline is December 16.

Smart Scholarship for Service Link

43. University of Rochester FIRST Scholarship

This $10,000 scholarship (renewable for four years) is offered to five University of Rochester students who are enrolling as freshman and have competed on a FIRST Robotics team. Students must submit a letter from their FIRST team coordinator in order to be eligible. The deadline for scholarship applications is February 1 of each year.

University of Rochester FIRST Scholarship Link

44. US Nuclear Regulatory Commission HBCU Student Research Scholarship

The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission offers opportunities each year for award recipients to participate in research and development. To be eligible, students must be undergraduate or graduate students from a Historically Black College or University; be U.S. citizens or permanent residents; and be majoring in computer science, engineering, earth/geoscience, health physics, materials science, molecular radiation/biology, performance and risk assessments, physical sciences, statistics related to nuclear material control, or accounting. Award winners receive a $600/week stipend in addition to travel expenses. The deadline for applications varies.

US Nuclear Regulatory Commission HBCU Student Research Scholarship Link

45. Microsoft Imagine Cup Scholarship

Offered by Microsoft, this competition brings together students to solve world challenges in the field of technology –specifically software design, game design (Xbox/Windows), and game design (phone). The competition is held annually and the winning teams receive $3,000 in one of several different categories. The application deadline to be a part of the competition is March 15.

Microsoft Imagine Cup Scholarship Link

46. Xerox Technical Minority Scholarship

This scholarship is for both undergraduate and graduate students who are both minorities and are majoring in one of the following fields: chemistry, information management, computing and software systems, material science, printing management science, laser optics, physics, or engineering. Students must be enrolled full-time and have at least a 3.0 GPA to be eligible. The application deadline is September 30 and winners receive between $1,000 and $10,000.

Xerox Technical Minority Scholarship Link

47. National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship

This scholarship is for doctoral students who are leading state-of-the-art research projects in areas that have a large benefit to national defense interests. Winners receive full tuition and required fees (although not room and board) as well as stipends of $25,000 a year, courtesy of the Department of Defense. Students must be majoring in an approved area of study, including computer science or engineering. The application deadline each year is December 20.

National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship Link

48. Hoods Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship is for students who hope to pursue a career either in document management or graphic communications. This could include anything related to computer science or engineering, such as web design, software development, or systems analysis. Students must be attending school full-time and have at least a 3.0 GPA. The application deadline for this $2,000 award is May 1.

Hoods Memorial Scholarship Link

49. Microsoft Licensing Community Scholarship

Offered by Microsoft, this scholarship is for outstanding, low income, diverse students who need help paying to get a college education. Students must be majoring or planning to major in business, accounting, information technology, human resources, or finance. Students must have at least a 3.0 GPA and have maintained at least a 3.0 GPA in high school and be attending either a Truckee Meadows Community College or University of Nevada Reno full-time. The application deadline varies.

Microsoft Licensing Community Scholarship Link

50. West Virginia Engineering Science and Technology Scholarship Program

This $3,000 scholarship is available to students who are academically qualified and are majoring in an area of engineering, science, or technology. Applicants must be full-time students and commit to working full-time in their area of study in West Virginia for one year for each year the scholarship was received. The application deadline is March 1 of each year.

West Virginia Engineering Science and Technology Scholarship Link

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