The demand for computer professionals is increasing rapidly all over the world and so are the pay scales of qualified computer professionals. Greater number of students than ever now wish to join fields related to computer science due to the excellent career opportunities these fields offer. A college degree is necessary for any person to succeed in his career; college education in computer science is expensive as all other education is, but there are a number of college grants and scholarships offered to computer science students that can help them complete their education. This article explains some of the many scholarships available for computer science students.
SWE Scholarship Program: The SWE scholarship program provides aid to female students that are planning to join a degree in computer engineering or other computer related engineering degrees. The program provides aid of $10,000 to wining students to pay for tuition fees and living costs.
AFCEA Educational Foundation Scholarships: The AFCEA’s foundation runs a scholarship program by name of General John A. Wickham Scholarships. This program provides assistance to full time students in field of aerospace engineering, computer engineering and electrical engineering. Junior or senior students who have a minimum GPA of 3.5 can get aid of $2,000 through this program.
ESA Foundation Computer and Video Game Scholarships: Students from minority communities or women that are attending a full time four year degree program in computer or video game related fields can get aid through ESA foundation. The amount of these scholarships is $3,000.
Alice L. Haltom Educational Fund: The fund provides aid to students who are working towards their associate or bachelor degree. Bachelor degree students can get aid of $2,000 and associate degree students can get aid of $1,000 through this program.
Intel Science Talent Search: This is a very prestigious scholarship program that is awarded to one talented student every year. The scholarship program provides aid of $100,000 to the winning student. Application deadline for this program is Nov 17 every year.
NFB Computer Science Scholarship Program: The NFB program is designed to provide aid to blind students who are planning to join a course related to computer science. This program provides aid to 30 students every year.
More information on above mentioned programs can be obtained from their websites. There are hundreds of other aid programs for computer science students. Students can look for such college grants and scholarships for computer science over the internet.
All job market surveys show that there is going to be a shortage of qualified professionals in computer industry in days to come. The shortage will increase the demand and accordingly the pay scale of competent professionals. Seeing the situation many aid programs are initiated to attract students toward computer science.
In addition to the Pell grant program offered by FASFA, there is the National Science Foundation’s scholarship program that provides numerous scholarships to computer science students in collaboration with Education department. Almost all computer manufacturing giants also offer scholarships to students with the long term aim of finding good computer professionals to work for them. Such aid programs are highlighted in this article.
DELL Scholarships: Dell offers several scholarship programs that provide significant financial aid to students. The DELL scholarships are awarded to high school seniors who have a minimum GPA of 2.5 and who plan to join a degree course in computer related fields. The scholarship program provides student with aid of up to $20,000, a new computer and some other facilities.
Intel Scholarships: The Intel club house scholarship program provides financial assistance to undergraduate and graduate students joining a course in electrical engineering, computer science, and computer manufacturing worldwide. Intel offers different scholarship programs in different countries with different amount of award and criterion for the award. In 2009 Intel awarded 26 scholarships of $2,500 to $10,000. The scholarships are generally awarded based on academic performance and financial need.
Microsoft Scholarships: Microsoft provides scholarships to students under four different programs to help them pursue higher education in computer related fields. There is the general scholarship program that provides aid on basis of academic background and financial need. The second program is specifically for women who want to pursue a degree in computer related fields.
The third program provides financial assistance to students from minority ethnic communities living in US to get higher education in computing, and the last program provides aid to students with physical disability.
Apple Scholarships: Apple provides tech scholarships to students who take part in contest arranged by Apple. In the contest students do a project to develop anything from Apple’s technology. The winners are provided with $2,000 scholarships, an IPod and a new Apple laptop.
Students can get more information about these programs and deadlines on their websites. There are several other organizations that offer tech scholarships to student pursing a higher education degree in computer related fields, these scholarships can be conveniently searched over the internet.
Engineering is a vast field that has many subfields that students can join. No matter from which subfield they are from, engineering professionals are always in high demand in the job market and their pay scale is also at a high level. If you are planning to join a course in engineering you may already be looking for financial aid to finance the high tuition costs of engineering courses. There are many engineering scholarship opportunities provided by different source. The sources of these scholarships include engineering institutes, industries and governments. To highlight the financial aid available to students I will mention some engineering scholarships in this article.
American Society of Civil Engineers provides numerous scholarships to students who are planning to join a course in Civil engineering in any college in US.
The National Society of Professional Engineers provides financial aid to students who are joining a course in field related to engineering and who have good academic background.
The University of Maine Microelectronics Scholarship Consortium provides financial aid to students who show considerable potential in the field of microelectronics/semiconductor industry. The students are awarded scholarships of up to $1500 and if they are able maintain good GPA they are provided same amount in every year of study.
The Wire Reinforcement Institute (WRI) provides scholarships to students who are interested to join a course in structural and civil engineering. This scholarship program pays money directly to college in which student is enrolled.
The Institute of Industrial Engineers provides numerous scholarships to students who are interested to join a course in an engineering field directly related to industry.
More information on above mentioned programs can be obtained from their websites. Apart from the programs mentioned above you can also search for hundreds of other engineering scholarship opportunities provided by different sources. There are hundreds of such programs run by different organizations. Most of the engineering scholarships will require you to have good academic background or experience of working in engineering related fields.
There are also many engineering scholarships for international students. Many governments provide aid to students from their own country to help get them engineering education in another country. There are also numerous institutes that provide scholarships or special discounts to international students joining an engineering course in their college. If you are from a developing country you should also check for visa processes you will have to go through before applying for a scholarship. Only apply for the scholarship if you are able to meet vise requirements of that country.