Scholarships

Because of the kindness of our generous donors, the Computer Science Department is able to offer scholarships to current undergraduate students within our major. These scholarships are awarded to recognize academic excellence in the field of computer science.

The College of Computer Mathematical and Natural Sciences also offers scholarships. For more information about college level scholarships, please see the CMNS list of scholarship awards.

National scholarship information (including information about the Fulbright and Goldwater Scholarships) is available through the university's Scholarship Office.

To apply for the scholarships listed below, applicants must at least meet the following criteria for Computer Science Department scholarships:

Full-time undergraduate degree seeking student
Computer Science Major
Overall GPA of 3.0 or higher
Each scholarship may have its own special criteria. Please only apply for the scholarships in which you are eligible. The entirety of your application will be void if you do not follow these instructions.

How to submit an application:

If you are a current computer science major, the scholarship application process for awards in the fall 2014 and spring 2015 semester has ended. Please check back in spring 2015 for the next year's awards process.

If you are a prospective freshman computer science major for the fall semester 2014 and looking for potential merit awards, please contact ugrad@cs.umd.edu after May 1 if you have confirmed your enrollment to the University of Maryland as a computer science major.

AFCEA-Bethesda Chapter Scholarship

AFCEA International, established in 1946, is a non-profit membership association serving the military, government, industry and academia as an ethical forum for advancing professional knowledge and relationships in the fields of communications, IT, intelligence, and global security. This need-based scholarship open to full-time students in freshman to senior years with a minimum GPA of 3.0 who are U.S. citizens and graduates of a Montgomery County high school. Student must have a current FAFSA on file with the Office of Student Financial Aid.

Andrew Reisse Memorial Scholarship

Andrew Reisse, class of 2001, was a brilliant computer graphics engineer, an avid photographer and hiker who loved nature, and a loyal friend. He was unique in so many interesting ways. He embodied a kind and utterly selfless disposition. He mentored and inspired everyone around him. While at the University of Maryland, Andrew was a College Park Scholar. He focused on computer science and met two friends, Michael Antonov '03 and Brendan Iribe. Together, they started a company known as Scaleform, which provides interface software for video games. Andrew was just 19 years old.

In 2012, Andrew became co-founder and lead engineer for Oculus VR, Inc. helping to finally bring virtual reality into existence in an affordable and immersive way. Andrew loved games, but even more, he loved the technology behind them. His contributions span far and wide in the video game industry. Thousands of games played by millions of people around the world include software Andrew wrote. Despite all his work, he never bragged or boasted. When he wasn’t programming at the office, he was learning, enjoying nature, mountain climbing, and taking pictures often engaging in multi-day journeys with just his camera as a companion. His work can be enjoyed at www.reisse.net. This scholarship has been created in memory of Andrew by Oculus VR, Inc. and his parents, Dr. Robert '70, '76 and Mrs. Dana Reisse '73, who met at Maryland while pursuing their graduate studies. Contributions will establish an endowed scholarship to ensure that future Terps are given the same opportunity to change the world as Andrew did.

The parameters for this scholarship are as follows. Please document in your application.
-at or entering the 400 level of computer science classes
-well-rounded student with outside interests and activities, in particular a love for nature and the outdoors
-experience in gaming and/or graphics, whether through class work or outside projects/internships

Brian G. Lyons Endowed Scholarship Fund

The purpose of this fund shall be to provide an annual scholarship to an outstanding computer science major at the University who displays a passion for computer science and another academic discipline or extracurricular activity, in addition to an interest in an emerging software engineering discipline.

Chevy Chase Bank Dean's Scholarship in Computer Science

This award is given to students who demonstrate academic talent in their classes and a passion for learning.

Christopher David Malter Memorial Scholarship

Christopher David Malter '99 graduated with a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Maryland. After his untimely death, his parents established this scholarship in his honor. The scholarship is awarded each year to an undergraduate computer science student based on academic merit.

Cipher Tech Computer Science Scholarship

Cipher Tech Solutions, Inc. has generously donated $1000 to be awarded to one student. The Cipher Tech Computer Science Scholarship will recognize and reward one student who has demonstrated a serious interest in defense work, particularly solving hard cyber security problems. Applicants must be US citizens and have a minimum GPA of a 3.25. Please document in your application.

Corporate Partners in Computing Program Scholarships

The Corporate Partners in Computing Program (CPIC) is designed to establish mutually beneficial, strategic relationships with organizations that share a commitment to advancing the fields of computer science and interdisciplinary computing through collaborative efforts in education, research, and technology development. The program is jointly supported by the Department of Computer Science and the University of Maryland Institute for Advanced Computer Studies (UMIACS) and serves as the front door to our talented students, world-class faculty, and innovative researchers.

The program currently partners with 22 industry leaders dedicated to supporting excellence in Computer Science at UMD. Please visit http://www.cs.umd.edu/community/partners to learn more about our corporate partners.

CPIC will provide a $1,000 scholarship to two outstanding (rising) sophomore, junior, or senior computer science undergraduate majors at the University who display a passion for industry knowledge and commitment to community engagement. The recipient of this award will be one who is actively involved in the computer science community at the University of Maryland via membership in a student organization and regular participation in tech talks, workshops, FAR series presentations, etc.

David E. Eisner and Family Scholarship

David E. Eisner graduated from the University of Maryland in 1990 and is currently the President and CEO of Dataprise, Inc., located in Rockville, Maryland, which focuses on solving the information technology challenges for small- and medium-sized businesses. This scholarship is in place for rising computer science seniors with strong academic merit (GPA 3.25 or greater) and demonstrated financial need.

Gannon Portal Scholarship

Created in honor of Dr. John Gannon, this scholarship recognizes outstanding computer science undergraduates early in their studies. It provides financial support to outstanding undergraduate students based on academic merit with preference given to students who have demonstrated aptitude for and commitment to teaching and research.

Guy Wassertzug/InfoStructures, Inc. Computer Science Scholarship

Guy Wassertzug, a 1988 graduate of the University of Maryland, the current President and Chief Executive Officer of Infostructures, Inc., established this award to recognize students who have demonstrated a serious interest in advancing the role of women in computer science. Award winners will have demonstrated their leadership experience through extracurricular activities. Please document in your application.

Jeff C. and Sandra W. Huskamp Scholarship

Named in memory of Dr. Jeff Huskamp, the former Vice President and Chief Information Officer at the University of Maryland, this scholarship recognizes outstanding academic performance in an undergraduate student who will be entering their sophomore or junior years. Financial need is also considered.

John D. Gannon Scholarship

In honor of the former department chair of Computer Science Dr. John Gannon, this scholarship provides recognition and financial support to outstanding advanced undergraduate students in the Department of Computer Science. This award is based upon a student's academic merit as well as an aptitude for and commitment to teaching and research.

Raj Khera and Tripti Sinha Scholarship in Computer Science

Alumni of the University of Maryland Dheeraj Khera and Tripti Sinha established a scholarship to support students in the Department of Computer Science. This need based scholarship is also based upon academic merit.

Sarah Reehl Scholarship

Through the generosity of Carr Astronautics and their employees, the Sarah Reehl Scholarship has been created to honor Sarah, a 2010 graduate of the Computer Science program. Sarah had many interests and hobbies; she found great pleasure in the art of mathematics, and loved to solve complicated math problems. She was interested in everything science fiction – from books, to movies, to television.

The scholarship, housed in the Maryland Center for Women in Computing, will be awarded annually to a meritorious computer science major who participates in the Center’s activities and outreach efforts.

The Fig Leaf Software Drucker/Gallerizzo Computer Science Scholarship

The Fig Leaf Software Drucker/Gallerizzo Computer Science Scholarship will recognize and reward two undergraduate students, majoring in computer science, who have achieved academic success by working together and whose partnership has enhanced their understanding of the major as well as themselves. Applicants must apply in pairs and both must have a minimum GPA of a 3.0. A follow-up essay may be required to be written collaboratively if you are selected to be a finalist. The essay should focus around a project, partnership, or collaborative effort that demonstrates how your partnership has bettered your knowledge of computer science. Please include the name of your partner in the "Other Supporting Information" section of the form.

Tony and Diana Chen Computer Science Scholarship

The Tony and Diana Chen Computer Science Scholarship was established in April 2009 by Dr. Ling T. Chen and Diana Chen. This scholarship is for students with some financial need who also have academic merit.

If you have any questions, please contact the Undergraduate Office for more details.