Computer science education is rewarding because whether there is a recession or boom in economy, technology industry is always expanding and offering attractive jobs to qualified professionals, but computer education like other college education is expensive as well. To help students get professional qualification in computer science many information technology scholarships are provided by numerous sources. These scholarships are normally provided by Governments, colleges and universities, and companies in information technology industry. Some of such scholarship programs are explained in this article.
- Intel Science Talent Search scholarship program provides aid to one lucky student that wins a $100,000 scholarship.
- ESA Foundation Computer and Video Game Scholarships provide aids to female students who are planning to join a four year degree course majoring in field related to computer and video game industries. The amount of the scholarship award is $3000.
- NFB Computer Science Scholarship provides aid to 30 blind students from US that participate in their annual convention and that are planning to join full-time, postsecondary studies (except for one scholarship given to a part-time student working full time).
- Alice L. Haltom Educational Fund is a welfare fund that provides aid to students who are joining bachelor and associate degree. Students joining a bachelor degree are awarded $2000 scholarships and students joining associate degree get $3000 scholarships.
- UC/Edison International Scholarship Program provides aid to community college transfer students that are planning to get B. S. degrees in computer science, engineering, life science, math, physical science or technology. The program provides students from other countries with the unique experience of studying in another country. The amount of these information technology scholarships is $15000.
More information on these 5 scholarships programs can be obtained from their website. Hundreds of other information technology scholarships are offered by different organizations, and many computer manufacturers, such as Intel scholarships. If you have a good academic background you can also personally contact colleges that do not offer a scholarship, and ask them for a merit based discount. Many colleges offer merit based discounts to students. The better your academic background the bigger will be the discount given to you.
Students from developing countries can search for international scholarships offered to international students in developing countries. Such students can also search for grants available to them by governments in their countries. Many governments offer such grants to develop professional skills in their countries. Such grants are generally tied to an agreement to work for your country for a specified period.