Scholarship Opportunities for Undergraduates

 

Departmental Scholarships

Each spring the department awards scholarships that recognize merit amongst its undergraduates and are also intended to enable them to participate more fully in its research and academic activities. Upper division undergraduate students with a computer science or computer engineering major are encouraged to apply. Funds will be awarded to computer science and computer engineering undergraduate students for the 2017-2018 school year. Priority is given to students who will graduate after the 2017 calendar year.

The CS&E Scholarship Application is closed. The following scholarships were available for the 2017-2018 application cycle:

COMPUTER SCIENCE & ENGINEERING SCHOLARSHIP:

$11,000 split between 2-4 students

Recipients shall be:
  1. Full-time or approved for a 13 credit exemption by their college
  2. Undergraduate students
  3. Admitted to either the Computer Science BA or BS (pre-majors are not eligible)
  4. Demonstrate financial need
  5. Demonstrate academic merit (3.0 GPA minimum)

HOPPER-DEAN SCHOLARSHIP HONORING DR. VIPIN KUMAR:

$25,000 split between 2-4 students

Recipients shall be:
  1. Full-time
  2. Undergraduate students
  3. Enrolled in the College of Science and Engineering
  4. Studying or planning to study Computer Science or Computer Engineering
  5. Demonstrate financial need
  6. Demonstrate academic merit
  7. Ideally, are involved in undergraduate research
  8. Preference will be given to students who will contribute to student body diversity

LANDO SCHOLARSHIP:

$13,125 split between 5-10 students

Recipients shall be:
  1. Full-time
  2. Undergraduate students
  3. Enrolled in the College of Science and Engineering
  4. Admitted to the Computer Science BS (pre-majors are not eligible)
  5. Have not won a Lando scholarship previously

PHUI TRAN/QUANG TRAN COMPANY SCHOLARSHIP:

$2,000

Recipients shall be:
  1. Full-time or part-time
  2. Undergraduate students
  3. Enrolled in the College of Science and Engineering
  4. Studying Computer Science
  5. Demonstrate financial need
  6. Preference will be given to students who are first generation college students.

Letters of recommendations are not part of the application process and will not be accepted or reviewed as part of your application. Scholarship recipients will be notified in late April 2017.

Additional Information on Select Scholarships

Phui Tran/Quang Tran Company Scholarship

Recipients of this scholarship will be referred to as the Tran Scholars.

Mr. Phui Tran was born in the southern part of Vietnam. His parents migrated to Vietnam from Canton, China. They worked very hard to start a small sausage shop to support their family of nine.

When Mr. Phui Tran was only a teenager his father passed away. Because the family was very poor, he had to quit school to help his elder brother run the shop and take care of his mother and younger brothers and sister. When his brothers completed school, they worked together to successfully build their sausage business until the end of the Vietnam civil war in 1975. The communist government took away everything from them at this time.

His children escaped the country on a small boat and arrived in a Malaysian refugee camp in 1978. The family settled in Minnesota in 1979. Mr. Phui Tran and his wife reunited with their children in 1985. They moved to California in 1990 until Mr. Tran passed away in 2012.

Mr. Phui Tran and his wife selflessly worked very hard all of their life for their family and others. His son, Luong B. Tran opened the Chinese sausage shop, Quang Tran, in Rosemead, California in 2001.

Three of his seven children received their Bachelor of Science degrees from the University of Minnesota. The Tran family values secondary education and would like others to have the opportunity to receive a degree from the University of Minnesota through their support.

Hopper-Dean Scholarship Honoring Dr. Vipin Kumar

Recipients of this scholarship will be referred to as the Hopper-Dean Scholars.

Jeffrey Dean and Heidi Hopper both attended the University of Minnesota as undergraduates and graduated in 1990. Heidi graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in Psychology. Jeff graduated summa cum laude with a B.S. in Computer Science and Economics. They both thoroughly enjoyed their time at the University of Minnesota and are grateful to the many great professors who taught and advised them.

This scholarship is intended to honor Dr. Vipin Kumar, who was Jeff’s undergraduate thesis advisor and introduced him to the wonders of parallel computation and large-scale computing, topics that have served Jeff well in his career. This scholarship is intended to support other students to find their own wonders in the paths of their undergraduate education and research.

College and University Scholarships

Students can view other scholarships outside of the department that they may be eligible at Scholarship search page. The University’s Financial Aid site contains a wealth of scholarship information. See the Financial Aid page for more general financial aid information.

Previous Scholarship Award Winners in Recent Years

2017-2018

2016-2017

2015-2016 

2014-2015