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
Each scholarship may have its own special criteria. Please only apply for the scholarships in which you are eligible.

How to submit an application:

If you are a current computer science major, the scholarship application process for the fall 2015/spring 2016 awards will begin Monday, April 13, 2015, and conclude at 11:59pm on Wednesday, April 29, 2015. Please contact up to two faculty members prior to submitting an application to make sure they are willing to write an electronic recommendation in our application system. Our office will provide them the details on how to submit their recommendations. You may find the electronic application at https://webapps.cs.umd.edu/ugrad/webforms/scholarship/.

If you are a prospective freshman computer science major for the fall semester 2015 and looking for potential merit awards, please email ugrad@cs.umd.edu after May 1, 2015, and before May 15, 2015, if you have confirmed your attendance for the fall 2015 semester, with your current high school transcript and a 500 words or less essay detailing your computer science experience, any need your family may have, any special recognition you have received, or special experiences you have had in computer science. We usually have very few one time scholarships, Gannon Entering Student Scholarships, at most $1000.

    Scholarships for Fall 2015/Spring 2016

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. There are four $5000 scholarships available.

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.

There are potentially two $4000 scholarships available.

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
-A follow-up essay will need to be provided if you are chosen to receive this prestigious award.

Boeing Scholarship

Boeing has generously dontated $2,500 for one scholarship for a computer science undergraduate student.
Scholarship selection criteria:
1. Full-time undergraduate students with junior or senior class standing
2. Minimum G.P.A. of 3.2
3. Demonstrated gross financial need as determined by filing of the Free Applications for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) – Please let me know if you need this information from Financial Aid
4. U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident Alien status
5. Excellent leadership and communication skills
6. Interest in the aerospace/defense or cybersecurity industry preferred. Please document in application.

Booz Allen Hamilton Scholarship

Booz Allen Hamilton and the Computer Science Department are pleased to announce The Booz Allen Hamilton Scholarship. Supported by a gift from Booz Allen Hamilton, students who are scheduled to obtain an undergraduate degree in Computer Science by May 2017, and have a track record of academic excellence, are strongly encouraged to apply for this prestigious scholarship.

One BAH scholarship will be awarded in the 2015/2016 academic year (Sept 2015-Aug 2016). Eligibility criteria include: demonstrated achievement and interests in the areas of big data, cloud computing, or cybersecurity, and a strong record of academic achievement of a 3.0 or higher cumulative GPA. Please document in application.

This recipient will be awarded with a $5,000 non-renewable scholarship.

Brendan Iribe Scholarship
Brendan Iribe, co-founder of Oculus VR, Inc. , has generously endowed a scholarship fund for computer science undergraduates. This year, there are 2 scholarships worth $10,000 each. One scholarship will go to help a student from an under-represented population in the computer science field to bring a greater diversity to the forefront of the field. The other will go to a student who has a great financial need who is a stellar scholar.

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. There is $2600 of available funds.

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. There is $4000 of available funds.

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. There is $1400 of available funds.

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. There is $2800 of available funds.

Gannon Portal Scholarship

Created in honor of Dr. John Gannon, with a sizable donation from Howard Gobioff, 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. This is a $2000 award.

Jeffrey 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. This is a $1500 award.

John D. Gannon Scholarship

In honor of the former department chair of Computer Science Dr. John Gannon, and to recognize and fund outstanding Computer Science students, this scholarship was established in 1999 by his wife, Nancy Garrison, brother, Richard Gannon, family, friends, students and colleagues. John was a distinguished computer scientist, an excellent and enthusiastic professor, a highly valued campus citizen, and an outstanding and devoted department chair. This scholarship has been enhanced by a significant contribution from Dr. Howard Gobioff (B.S., Computer Science, ’93) who sadly, after a battle with lymphoma, passed away in 2008 leaving behind a legacy of scholarship, giving and excellent research. Several of Dr. Gannon’s illustrious students have also made contributions to the scholarship as well. There is $29000 available Gannon funds.

Leidos Scholarship
Leidos and the Computer Science Department are pleased to announce The Leidos Scholarship. Supported by a gift from Leidos, students who are rising sophomroe, juniors, and seniors, and have a track record of academic excellence, are strongly encouraged to apply for this prestigious scholarship.

One Leidos scholarship will be awarded in the 2015/2016 academic year (Sept 2015-Aug 2016). This recipient will be awarded with a $5,000 non-renewable scholarship.

Michael Antonov Scholarship

Michael Antonov, co-founder of Oculus VR, Inc. , has generously endowed a scholarship fund for computer science undergraduates. This year, there are 2 scholarships worth $5,000 each.

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. This is a $2000 award.

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. This is a $2000 award.

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. The award is $5000, split between two.

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. There is $4600 of available funds.

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