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. 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 2019-2020 (award is split between fall and spring) school year. Priority is given to students who will graduate after Fall 2019.

The CS&E Scholarship Application is closed. The following scholarships were available for the 2018-2019 application cycle:

COMPUTER SCIENCE & ENGINEERING SCHOLARSHIP:

$10,000 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 (students with approved 13 credit exemption are not eligible)
  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 or part-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.

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.

Previous Scholarship Award Winners in Recent Years

2018-2019

2017-2018

2016-2017

2015-2016 

2014-2015

College and University Scholarships

Students can view other scholarships outside of the department that they may be eligible for on this 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.

Other Nationally Competitive STEM Scholarships

For second-year students

Hollings Scholarships provide 120 successful undergraduate applicants with awards that include academic assistance (up to $9,500 per year) for two years of full-time study and a 10-week, full-time paid ($700/week) internship at an NOAA facility.  The internship, which takes place between the first and second years of the award, provides the scholars with hands-on, practical experience in NOAA-related science, research, technology, policy, management, and education activities. Awards also include travel funds to attend a mandatory NOAA Scholarship Program orientation and the annual Science & Education Symposium, scientific conferences where students present their research, and a housing subsidy for scholars who do not reside at home during the summer internship.

Eligible applicants will have two years of full-time study remaining in their undergraduate program, a GPA of at least 3.0, and a major related to either oceanic or atmospheric science, including but not limited to oceanic, environmental, biological, and atmospheric sciences, mathematics, engineering, remote sensing technology, physical and social sciences including geography, physics, hydrology, geomatics, or teacher education that support NOAA's programs and mission.

Recent UMTC winners include Claudia Althoen (ESPM) and Augustus Pendleton (Microbiology).

For second or third year students

Goldwater Scholarships award up to $7500 per year to 240 sophomores and juniors who are U. S. citizens or permanent residents.  A successful applicant typically has a GPA above 3.7 and significant research experience and must plan to pursue a research career in the natural sciences, mathematics, or engineering.  Sophomore winners will receive the award for each of the two remaining years of their undergraduate career.

Astronaut Scholarships award up to $10,000 per year to 40 sophomores and juniors nominated by a select group of top research universities.  Winners are also invited to attend with all expenses paid the Innovators Gala in Washington D.C., which includes tours of museums and research facilities, networking and mentoring events, and an award dinner.  Winners also receive early career mentoring from former Astronaut Scholars who are established in academia and industry.

For third and fourth year students

Churchill Scholarships cover all the expenses of completing a one-year master’s degree program in the sciences at Cambridge University.  Applicants must be U.S. citizens with outstanding academic achievement (3.8+ GPA), proven talent in research and a capacity to contribute to the advancement of knowledge in the sciences, engineering, or mathematics by pursuing original, creative work at an advanced level, and outstanding personal qualities.  Students may begin the application process in their junior year for study at Cambridge following graduation or senior year for a gap year in between.

Marshall Scholarships cover the expenses of two years of graduate study at any university in the United Kingdom.  This could be a single two-year master’s program, two one-year master’s programs, or the first two years of a Ph.D. program.  40 awards are made annually to outstanding students (3.7+ GPA) in any major who demonstrate the potential to be national leaders in their fields.  Successful applicants have exceptional academic records and broad intellectual interests, excellent leadership and communication skills, and a record of seizing opportunities and building productive relationships.  Students may begin the application process in their junior year for study at Cambridge following graduation or any year thereafter.

Rhodes Scholarships cover the expenses of two years of graduate study in any field at the University of Oxford.  32 awards are made annually to U.S. citizens, while students from Canada, India, Pakistan, China and several other countries may apply through their own national Rhodes contests.  Successful applicants will have exceptional academic records (3.7+ GPA), character, leadership skills, and commitment to service.  Students may begin the application process in their junior year for study at Cambridge following graduation or any year thereafter up to age 23.

For more information contact the Office of National and International Scholarships, natschol@umn.edu