Computer science scholarships are available to students at almost every level of collegiate study in the field. Businesses and professional organizations that heavily invest in their computer science hires are particularly known for offering scholarships to attract quality talent. As with any source of financial aid, the key to finding great CS scholarship opportunities is knowing where to look. Our pool of scholarship opportunities below will direct you to some of the very best options available to anyone who either hopes to pursue compsci or who is already in the midst of their education.

General Computer Science Scholarships

Here are ten annual scholarship opportunities applicable to a variety of CS students:

Microsoft Scholarship

  • Deadline: January 31
  • Award: Full or partial tuition at your college or university, plus a possible internship at Microsoft
  • Eligibility: Full-time enrollment in a Bachelor’s degree program at a four year college or university in the United States, Canada, or Mexico; proven satisfactory progress towards your degree in computer science, computer engineering, or a related discipline; a 3.0 or higher GPA on a 4.0 scale during the tenure of the scholarship.
  • About the scholarship: The Microsoft scholarship is intended to give dedicated students an advantage in their pursuit of their undergraduate computer science and related technical degrees. In this way Microsoft hopes to foster a passion for technology and academic excellence in students who hope to make a real difference in the software industry.

Outstanding Undergraduate Research Award

  • Deadline: October 25
  • Award: $1,000 cash, financial assistance for attendance at a major computing research conference, and a sponsored departmental reception for recipient at their college or university. (The scholarship will be presented to the recipient at either the conference or the reception.)
  • Eligibility: Students must be enrolled as undergraduates in a North American college or university throughout the academic year (from September to May). Students must be nominated by two faculty members and recommended by the chair of their home department to be eligible. A department chair can recommend a maximum of two male and two female candidates each academic year.
  • About the scholarship: This award is sponsored by the Computing Research Association. Its purpose is to recognize undergraduate students in North American colleges and universities who show outstanding research potential in a particular area of computing research.

Education-Portal.com Scholarship

  • Deadline: April 1
  • Award: $1,000
  • Eligibility: To be eligible, students must be U.S. Citizens or legal permanent residents enrolled in accredited colleges or universities. Computer science is one of eight technical majors acceptable for this scholarship. Applicants must have completed at least 30 semester hours but should have at least 45 hours remaining. All applicants must consent to Education-Portal.com’s use of their digital photograph and a quote as the scholarship winner on the company’s website.
  • About the scholarship: The purpose of the scholarship is to provide assistance to students in technical areas of study without regard to financial need.

AACE International Competitive Scholarships

  • Deadline: January 1st and February 15th
  • Award: $2,000 to $8,000
  • Eligibility: Open to full-time students pursuing a related degree in engineering, construction management, building construction, computer sciences, business, quantity surveying, information technology, etc. Awards are determined based on overall scholarship and collegiate accomplishments.
  • About the scholarship: AACE International is committed to the study of cost engineering and cost management. This scholarship promotes this effort by supporting full-time students pursuing related degrees to further the discipline of cost engineering and cost management principles including the planning and controlling of resources, assets, costs, profitability, and risk.

AfterCollege & NSA Mathematics and Computer Science Student Scholarship

  • Deadline: December 31
  • Award: $500
  • Eligibility: Open to currently enrolled students working toward any degree in the fields of computer science, computer engineering, or mathematics with GPAs of at least 3.0. Applicants must be U.S. Citizens.
  • About the scholarship: All students who apply create “After College” profiles which the NSA considers; the agency states it looks for “succinct but impactful” personal statements that describe what applicants will offer in academic and professional contexts. This process ultimately helps the NSA recruit and interest top talent.

Science, Mathematics, And Research for Transformation Defense Scholarship (SMART)

  • Deadline: December 16
  • Award: Cash stipends are paid at a rate of $25,000 – $38,000 per year, depending on the degree you are pursuing; full tuition and education related fees (does not include items such as meal plans, housing, or parking); paid summer internships; a health Insurance allowance up to $1,200 per calendar year; a book allowance of $1,000 per academic year; mentoring; and employment placement after graduation.
  • Eligibility: To receive this scholarship you must be: a U.S. citizen at time of application, 18 years of age or older at the time your scholarship would begin, able to participate in summer internships at Department of Defense (DoD) laboratories, willing to accept post-graduate employment with the DoD, a student in good standing with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale and, pursuing a degree in one of the disciplines listed on the About SMART page (including computer science).
  • About the scholarship: This program is an opportunity for students pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in one of the STEM disciplines to receive a full scholarship and be gainfully employed with the DoD upon the completion of their degrees.

Buildium’s Build U. Scholarship

  • Deadline: April 1 and October 1
  • Award: $2,000
  • Eligibility: College or university student in good standing at an accredited public or private university enrolled in a product design, interaction design, engineering, or computer science program, at least 18 years of age.
  • About the scholarship: Buildium’s idea is that great software companies depend upon quality design and engineering. Therefore, this award goes to the student applicant who best explains, “how having a shared set of beliefs is important for building a great company” in 1,000 words or less.

Pearl Software College Scholarship Program

  • Deadline: May 1
  • Award: $500
  • Eligibility: You must be a prospective or current student in a college or university and pursuing a technology degree or related program.
  • About the scholarship: This is an essay contest on one of several topics offered by the company. Entrant essays must be between 500 and 1,000 words.

Specialty

Below you will find a selection of specialized computer science scholarships, rewarding students for their scholastic pursuit of topics like artificial intelligence or data management:

Alice L. Haltom Educational Fund

  • Deadline: May 1
  • Award: $2,000
  • Eligibility: U.S. or Canadian students who are actively pursuing an education for a career in information and records management.
  • About the scholarship: The Alice L. Haltom Educational Fund was established to promote and advance the field of records and information management and related disciplines.

The Dr. Robert H. Goddard Memorial Scholarship

  • Deadline: 2-Dec
  • Award: $10,000
  • Eligibility: The applicant must be a U.S. Citizen in at least their junior year at an accredited university, pursuing science or engineering, with an interest in space research and exploration, when awarded the scholarship.
  • About the scholarship: The purpose of the scholarship is to stimulate the interest of students in advancement of scientific knowledge through space exploration and research. It is funded by the National Space Club, which seeks to promote American leadership in space, rocketry, astronautics, and related areas.

Randy Pausch Scholarship

  • Deadline: June 29
  • Award: $2,500
  • Eligibility: This scholarship is open to full-time students at accredited colleges and universities in the U.S. in any major with at least a 3.0 GPA who intend to enter the game industry as developers of interactive entertainment.
  • About the scholarship: This scholarship, funded by the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences, has been established to support students who are pursuing careers specializing in the development of interactive entertainment. Possible career paths for Randy Pausch applicants include (but are not limited to) art, animation, programming, engineering, game direction, game design, sound design, and music composition.

The Penny Arcade Scholarship

  • Deadline: August 23
  • Award: $10,000
  • Eligibility: This scholarship is open to full-time students at accredited colleges and universities in the U.S. in any major, with at least a 3.3 GPA, who intend to enter the gaming industry.
  • About the scholarship: This award recognizes one student shown to have the most potential to positively impact the game industry. Penny Arcade is a webcomic focused on video games and video game culture.

Electronic Document Scholarship Foundation Board of Directors Scholarship

  • Deadline: May 1
  • Award: $1,000 to $5,000
  • Eligibility: Full-time students committed to pursuing a career in the document management and graphic communications marketplace in majors such as computer science at accredited colleges and universities can apply. You need a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale to be chosen for this award.
  • About the scholarship: Awards are based on a combination of the following: Scholastic achievement, application essay, participation in school activities, community service, honors and organizational affiliations, and education objectives.

AAAS Mass Media Science and Engineering Fellows Program

  • Deadline: January 15
  • Award: $5,000 stipend for a 10-week summer program
  • Eligibility: Applicants must be enrolled as college or university students in the physical, biological, geological, health, engineering, computer science, social sciences or mathematics in order to apply.
  • About the scholarship: This award is funded by Advancing Science, Serving Society whose purpose is to increase public understanding of science and technology by training scientists to communicate complex ideas to a general audience. The purpose of this program is to strengthen the connections between scientists and journalists by placing science, engineering and mathematics students at media organizations nationwide.

ESA Foundation Scholarship Program

  • Deadline: May 15
  • Award: $3,000
  • Eligibility: To receive this award, students must: be women or minority students; be pursuing degrees leading to careers in computer and video game arts full-time at accredited four-year colleges or universities in the United States; maintain a minimum GPA of 2.75 or above on a 4.0 scale; and be U.S. Citizens.
  • About the scholarship: The Entertainment Software Association Foundation established this scholarship program in 2007 to assist women and minority students who are pursuing degrees leading to careers in Computer & Video Game Arts.

Women in Computing

Here are some excellent scholarships specifically for women in computer science:

The Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship

  • Deadline: January 6
  • Award: $10,000
  • Eligibility: To apply you must be a full-time female student entering her senior year of undergraduate study in computer science or another closely-related field at a university in the United States. You must also maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.5 on a 4.0 scale.
  • About the scholarship: This award is given in remembrance of Dr. Anita Borg to support women in technology. With it Google hopes to encourage women to excel in computing and technology and become active role models and leaders in the field.

Society for Women Engineers Scholarships

  • Deadline: May 15
  • Award: $1,000 to $10,000
  • Eligibility: The SWE Scholarship Program provides financial assistance to full-time female students with a minimum of a 3.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale admitted to accredited baccalaureate or graduate programs, in preparation for careers in engineering, engineering technology and computer science.
  • About the scholarship: The SWE Scholarship Program provides financial assistance to women admitted to accredited baccalaureate or graduate programs, in preparation for careers in engineering, engineering technology and computer science.

Admiral Grace Murray Hopper Memorial Scholarships

  • Deadline: May 15
  • Award: $1,500
  • Eligibility: Female students enrolled at accredited engineering or computer science colleges and universities with GPAs of 3.5 or higher can apply.
  • About the scholarship: The purpose of the award is to stimulate women to achieve full potential in careers as engineers and leaders, and to expand the image of the engineering profession as a positive force in improving the quality of life while demonstrating the value of diversity.

Palantir Technologies Scholarship for Women & Minorities in Computer Science

  • Deadline: December 31
  • Award: $10,000
  • Eligibility: To apply, students must: have a minimum 3.50 GPA; demonstrate full-time student status during the academic year that the scholarship is awarded; must be a woman of any ethnicity or be of Hispanic, African-American, or Native American descent; must be eligible to work in the United States; must be U.S. citizens or have permanent resident status.
  • About the scholarship: The purpose of this award is to advance technology via computer science, engineering and similar disciplines, while also supporting women in those fields.

ACM-W Scholarships for Attendance at Research Conferences

  • Deadline: Varies based on the conference in question
  • Award: Up to $1,200
  • Eligibility: Students must be recommended by their advisor; beyond this, they must simply be female students of computer science.
  • About the scholarship: ACM-W provides support for female students in computer science so they may attend research conferences. The goal of this exposure to the computer science research world is to encourage students to pursue computer science at the next level and enter the industry or gain an academic position.

Delphix Technology Scholarship for Women

  • Deadline: November 17
  • Award: $5,000
  • Eligibility: Applicants must be female full-time college students pursuing a technical degree such as computer science, and agree to their name, image, and other details being used for promotional purposes.
  • About the scholarship: Delphix aspires to help more women get technical degrees, and therefore created this coding competition. Applicants must submit a software project they develop outside of school and paid work; including any source code, binaries, tests, and documentation that were created with the project.

Honeywell International Inc. Scholarships

  • Deadline: February 17
  • Award: $5,000
  • Eligibility: Applicants must be female U.S. Citizens majoring in computer science or other technical field and must demonstrate financial need and a minimum 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale.
  • About the scholarship: You must apply for this scholarship through the Society of Women Engineers.

IBM Corporation Scholarship

  • Deadline: February 17
  • Award: $1,000
  • Eligibility: Applicants must: be an undergraduate students enrolled full-time at university or a four-year college; must be U.S. citizens; must study computer science or related majors; must prove a minimum 3.4 GPA on a 4.0 scale; and must be female.
  • About the scholarship: IBM provides five scholarships through this program for women pursuing careers in engineering, engineering technology, and computer science in the United States and Mexico. To be eligible, female applicants must be a U.S. citizen in ABET-accredited baccalaureate programs in preparation for STEM careers. Preference is given to students in traditionally underrepresented groups.

Blackberry Scholars Program

  • Deadline: June 26
  • Award: Four years of full tuition, but not room, board or other expenses.
  • Eligibility: Applicants must be an undergraduate students enrolled full-time at university or a four-year college; must be U.S. citizens; must study computer science or related majors; must maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale; must be female; and must exclusively use a Blackberry smartphone during the tenure of the scholarship and participate in Blackberry “Keep Moving” projects.
  • About the scholarship: The BlackBerry Scholars Program is a four-year scholarship program designed to help increase the number of women studying and influencing the future of mobile computing, including STEM subjects, especially those with an interest and aptitude in the mobile computing space.

Scholarship for Women Studying Information Security

  • Deadline: February 15
  • Award: $10,000
  • Eligibility: Scholarship is intended for a woman in her junior or senior year of undergraduate studies. She must meet all Society for Women Engineers scholarship requirements for eligibility and demonstrate interest in information security as evidenced by coursework, clubs, internships, or work experience in the field.
  • About the scholarship: This award is funded by the Applied Computer Security Associates (ACSA), a non-profit association of computer security professionals who aim to improve the understanding, theory, and practice of computer security.

Minorities

Here are some prominent scholarships specifically for minorities in computer science:

Ford Motor Company Tribal Scholarship

  • Deadline: May 31
  • Award: Up to $3,000
  • Eligibility: To be eligible for this award a student must have at least a 3.0 grade point average on a 4.0 scale; be a full-time student with a declared a major in computer science or a related area; demonstrate leadership and commitment to the American Indian community; and be American Indian, Alaska Native or Hawaii Native with proof of enrollment or descendancy.
  • About the scholarship: The Ford Motor Company American Indian College Fund supports higher education for the American Indian community by funding and creating awareness of community-based, accredited tribal colleges and universities, and offering students access to knowledge, skills, and cultural values that enhance their communities and the country as a whole.

SHPE Foundation Scholarship

  • Deadline: May 1
  • Award: $1,000 to $3,000
  • Eligibility: To win this aware a student must: be a Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) member; be of Hispanic-descent (preferred); be accepted into or attending an accredited 2-year or 4-year college or university in the United States or Puerto Rico full-time; maintain a minimum GPA of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale; major in science, technology, engineering, mathematics or a related field; and be pursuing his or her first degree.
  • About the scholarship: This merit- and need-based award is for students who demonstrate both significant motivation and aptitude for careers in STEM fields. These awards further the SHPE goal of expanding STEM literacy so that Hispanics become leading innovators, scientists, mathematicians and engineers.

Alliance/Merck Ciencia (Science) Hispanic Scholars Program

  • Deadline: March 15
  • Award: $2,000
  • Eligibility: Hispanic college students from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, U.S. territories and Puerto Rico pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in a STEM field major are eligible to apply for this award.
  • About this scholarship: The Alliance/Merck Ciencia (Science) Hispanic Scholars Program is intended to improve Hispanic student access to higher education and degrees in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) subjects.

HSF/Procter & Gamble Scholarship Program

  • Deadline: January 20
  • Award: $2,500
  • Eligibility: To win this award a student must: be of Hispanic-descent; be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident, in possession of a stamped passport, or be granted DACA status; plan to attend an accredited 4-year college or university in the United States, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, or Puerto Rico full-time; maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale; and major in science, technology, engineering, mathematics or a related field; and be pursuing his or her first degree.
  • About the scholarship: The Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF) and the Procter & Gamble Company provide this award to assist outstanding Latino undergraduates pursuing degrees in STEM fields as well as business and information technology. Preference given to those who show financial need.

Xerox Technical Minority Scholarship

  • Deadline: September 30
  • Award: $1,000 to $10,000
  • Eligibility: To qualify for this award students must: be academic high-achievers with 3.0 or better GPAs on a 4.0 scale; be U.S. citizens or visa-holding permanent residents of African-American, Asian, Pacific Island, Native American, Native Alaskan, or Hispanic descent; and be enrolled full-time in technical fields including computer science.
  • About the scholarship: This award was created to demonstrate Xerox’s commitment to the academic success of minority students and to their recruitment of qualified minority professionals.

Blacks at Microsoft Scholarships

  • Deadline: March 1
  • Award: $5,000, renewable for up to four years
  • Eligibility: To win this award a student must: be a high school senior of African descent (for example, African American, African, or Ethiopian); plan to attend a four-year college or university full-time in the fall of the year following graduation; have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.3 on a 4.0 scale; plan to major in science, technology, engineering, mathematics or a related field; demonstrate leadership at school or in the community; demonstrate a passion for technology; and show financial need.
  • About the scholarship: Blacks at Microsoft (BAM) is a company-sponsored employee network dedicated to supporting the continued growth and development of black employees at Microsoft Corporation. BAM sponsors two renewable scholarships annually for outstanding high-school seniors interested in pursuing careers in technology.

Gates Millennium Scholars Program

  • Deadline: January 15
  • Award: Average award was $12,227 between 2001 and 2012
  • Eligibility: To win this award a student must: be African-American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian or Pacific Islander American, or Hispanic American; be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident; be enrolled for the first time at an accredited college or university in the U.S. full-time as a degree-seeking student; have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.3 on a 4.0 scale or an earned GED; demonstrate leadership through community service or extracurricular activities; and show financial need.
  • About the scholarship: The Gates Millennium Scholars (GMS) Program was established to provide outstanding minority students with an opportunity to complete an undergraduate college education in order to make a significant impact on the future direction of the nation. GMS program recipients are selected from among the most financially needy students for showing extraordinary promise and high academic capability.

STEM Majors Scholarship for Underserved Students

  • Deadline: May 1
  • Award: $5,000
  • Eligibility: These scholarships are awarded to full-time students pursuing an undergraduate degree in a STEM subject major and currently enrolled in an accredited Historically Black College or University (HBCU) institution in the United States.
  • About the scholarship: Funded by the Armed Forces Communications & Electronics Association Educational Foundation (AFCEA), this award is intended to recognize outstanding contributions of individuals in the communications, electronics, intelligence and information technology disciplines.

The Paul and Ellen Ruckes Scholarship

  • Deadline: April 30
  • Award: $1,000
  • Eligibility: This scholarship is awarded to a full-time undergraduate or graduate student in the field of engineering or in computer, physical, or life sciences who is legally blind and academically gifted.
  • About the scholarship: This scholarship is administered through the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) whose mission is to remove barriers, create solutions, and expand possibilities for people with vision loss so that they might achieve their full potential

The Bottom Line

We hope this brief introduction to computer science scholarships has shown you that there are many options that can assist you with funding your education. Computer science graduates are in extremely high demand, and the presence of scholarship opportunities reflects this happy reality.