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Scholarships for Programmers and Software Engineers

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Computer programmers and software engineers often work hand in hand. The programmers are the ones who write the computer programs while the software engineers design the software. Whichever the career path, students pursuing a degree program as a computer programmer or a software engineer can expect to need financial support. Therefore, many colleges and universities offer scholarships to help students pay for college expenses. These are great options because scholarships don’t have to be repaid.

Types of Programming and Software Engineering Scholarships

With the many degree programs available to programmers and software engineers come a variety of scholarships. Here are some examples:

Scholarships for Programmers

Iowa Western Community College offers several scholarships for computer programmers. The Presidential Scholarship Award is offered to incoming freshmen in the amount of up to $1,500 a semester. Applicants must possess an outstanding academic record, leadership skills, and extracurricular success. In addition, the community college offers foundation scholarships for students who have graduated from high school or have completed the GED.

Georgetown College offers a Computer Science Scholarship for qualifying students enrolled in the Department of Mathematics, Physics, and Computer Science. This scholarship is awarded to Computer Science students interested in computer programming.

The University of Nebraska—Lincoln offers a number of scholarships for students enrolled in the College of Arts & Sciences, including those specifically designed for programmers. The Robert O. and Gloria L. Vesper Scholarship Fund for the Sciences is awarded to undergraduate students majoring in one of several fields, including computer science.

Brigham Young University offers some programmer scholarships through the College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences. The Computer Science department offers the following award:

  • Carl Joseph Christensen Scholarship which awards $1,363 to a computer science student in their junior or senior year of college who demonstrates financial need.
  • Nephi A. Christensen Endowed Scholarship awards $708 to a computer science major who demonstrates financial need, and has a minimum grade point average of 3.5.
  • Questar Corporation awards over $3,000 to a qualifying physical sciences student who demonstrates financial need.

Scholarships for Software Engineers

San Jose State University (SJSU) offers scholarships for students interested in becoming software engineers. The Silicon Valley Engineering Scholarships (SVES) are awarded to students enrolled in the College of Engineering, pursuing one of the degree programs, including software engineering. Award includes a full four-year scholarship or a two-year scholarship for students transferring to SJSU. Also offered is the Alumni Association Dean’s Scholarship which is given to outstanding students in one of the many engineering programs offered, including software engineering.

The University of Michigan—Dearborn offers several scholarships for software engineers. The Henry Patton Endowed Scholarships are awarded to students majoring in computing engineering or electrical engineering through the College of Engineering and Computer Science. This is a merit-based award with varying amounts, depending on funding. Other merit-based scholarships offered through the College of Engineering and Computer Science include: The Chrysler Scholarships which are awarded to transfer students as well as incoming freshmen in the amount ranging from $1,000 to $2,000; The Ford Motor Company Scholarships range from $1,000 to $2,000 per year, and are given to students pursuing a degree program in engineering or computer science; and, the General Dynamics Scholarships which awards $1,000 to $,1500 annually to qualifying engineering or computer science majors.

The National Science Foundation (NSF) offers federally-funded scholarships specific to S-STEM programs at South Dakota State University (SDSU). Students enrolled in one of many areas of study, including computer science, and engineering are eligible. A Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) must be completed and submitted to apply for this scholarship program. Applicants must demonstrate financial need and possess a minimum grade point average of 3.0 at SDSU. Award amounts per recipient typically are $3,500 per year. This is a renewable scholarship for up to four consecutive years.

The ACFEA Educational Foundation offers a number of scholarships including the Vice Adm. Jerry O. Tuttle, USN and Mrs. Barbara A. Tuttle Science & Technology Scholarship to computer students, including computer engineering. This scholarships awards $2,000 to computer students pursuing a bachelor’s degree in their sophomore or junior year of college. Preference is given to students enlisted in the military.

Tips for Seeking Programming and Software Engineering Scholarships

  • When seeking departmental scholarships for programmers and software engineers, scholarships may be found under other main departments like computer science, or engineering.
  • Don’t rule out the financial aid office. Students can find general scholarships here which are typically based on merit and/or financial need.
  • Using the Internet, computer students can find outside scholarships specific to programming and software engineering.

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