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College of Engineering and Computing


Undergraduate Scholarships

Separate Application Scholarships

There are a few scholarships that require a separate application process. Many of these scholarships are available because of the generous donations of CEC supporters – both individual and corporate.

SRNL Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to rising sophomores or juniors in any College of Engineering and Computing program who have a strong interest in the Savannah River Site and the Savannah River National Laboratory. SRNL Scholars may receive up to $4,000 a year for up to two years. All full time, upper division students are eligible to apply. Applicants must have authorization to work in the United States on a full-time basis for other than training purposes (student/temporary visas do not qualify).

Current and transfer engineering and computing students who want to be considered for the scholarship must submit, by August 1, to Ms. Becky Mayo at mayo@cec.sc.edu the following:

  • Completed SRNL Scholarship form.
  • Statement of Interest that describes the student's research interest in the Savannah River National Laboratory.
  • Letter of recommendation from a professor or other individual qualified to comment on the student's scholarship merit and potential.
Application (pdf)

 

John H. Fain Scholarship

This scholarship provides an incentive for upper level Computer Information Systems and Computer Science majors to become entrepreneurs. Fain scholars may receive up to a total of $5,000. 

Eligibility Requirements:

  • The scholarship is for undergraduate students majoring in Computer Science or Computer Information Systems.
  • Students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0.
  • Students must have completed the lower division requirements for their degree with a minimum 3.0 GPA.
  • Students must plan to pursue the appropriate program of study (see below).
  • Students must maintain a major and cumulative GPA of 3.0 and make satisfactory progress towards the appropriate program of study to remain eligible.

Computer Information Systems students accepted into the Fain Scholarship program are required to complete the Business Information Management minor and complete MGMT 472 - Entrepreneurship and Small Business.

Computer Science students that are accepted into the Fain Scholarship program are required to complete the following courses related to business and entrepreneurship.

  • Accounting Requirement: ACCT 222 - Introduction to Accounting
  • Entrepreneurship Application Area Requirement: MKTG 350 - Principles of Marketing, MGMT 371 - Principles of Management, and MGMT 472 - Entrepreneurship and Small Business
  • Economics Requirement: ECON 224 - Survey of Economics and either ECON 301 - Money and Banking, ECON 311 - Issues in Economics, or ECON 379 - Governmental Policy towards Business.

Upper division Computer Information Systems and Computer Science majors who want to be considered for a Fain Scholarship must complete and submit the Fain scholarship application by March 1. The Computer Science and Engineering Department expects to notify applicants by email of scholarship offers by the middle of May. Email questions regarding the application form  to CEC Scholarship Chair, Matt Thatcher at scholarships-cse@cse.sc.edu.

 

The Wilson Scholarship in Computing

Incoming freshmen with strong academic records and leadership experiences who are pursuing undergraduate degrees in one of the programs of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering may be selected to receive a Wilson Scholarship. Wilson Scholars will receive a maximum of $1500 per year for four (4) years. In addition, we strongly encourage Wilson Scholars to seek opportunities for paid research with a departmental faculty member. These research opportunities are often used by Honors College students for their senior thesis and frequently lead to published papers and trips to present the papers at conferences. Typical Wilson candidates will have high SAT and GPA scores. Scholarship levels can total $1500, depending on the qualifications of the student and scholarship caps due to other scholarships held simultaneously.

Incoming Freshmen intending to major in Computer Engineering, Computer Information Systems, or Computer Science who want to be considered for a Wilson Scholarship must complete and submit the general scholarship application by March 15. The Computer Science and Engineering Department expects to notify applicants by email of scholarship offers by the beginning of April. Email questions regarding the application form  to CEC Scholarship Chair, Matt Thatcher at scholarships-cse@cse.sc.edu.

 

Boeing Access to Education Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to underrepresented undergraduate students majoring in computer science, computer engineering, electrical engineering or mechanical engineering that have a strong interest in the Boeing Company. Boeing Scholars may receive up to $2,500 a year for up to three years. Full time, upper division students are eligible to apply if they have both a 3.2 or better overall GPA and a 3.2 or better lower division GPA. Applicants must have authorization to work in the United States on a full-time basis for other than training purposes (student/temporary visas do not qualify). Recipients must maintain a major and cumulative GPA of 3.0 and make satisfactory progress towards their degree to remain eligible.
Current and transfer engineering and computing students who want to be considered for the scholarship must submit, by March 23, to Ms. Becky Mayo at mayo@cec.sc.edu the following:

  1. Completed Boeing Access to Education Scholarship application [pdf]
  2. Statement of Interest that describes the student's interest in The Boeing Company
  3. Letter of recommendation from a professor or other individual qualified to comment on the student's scholarship merit and potential.

 

Columbia Sailing Club Scholarship

This scholarship is available to incoming CEC freshmen or rising sophomores who have an interest in sailing. Preference is given to students with above-average ACT/SAT scores or USC GPA.

To apply, submit a one to two-page short essay to Ms. Becky Mayo at mayo@cec.sc.edu, describing your past and future interests in sailing and how you may wish to integrate competitive or recreational sailing into your life as a student and/or how you might promote the sport of sailing among your peers at USC.

 

Rothberg Scholarship

Incoming freshmen pursuing undergraduate degrees in chemical engineering with strong academic records who have been involved in high school and community leadership may be selected to receive Henry M. Rothberg Bicentennial Scholarships.
Incoming freshmen must submit a Rothberg Scholarship application by March 15 for consideration. For more information, contact the Department of Chemical Engineering at 803-777-4181.
Application (pdf)
E-mail: Sandra Knotts at knotts@cec.sc.edu

 

FIRST Robotics Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to selected high school seniors (incoming freshmen) who:

  • have been on a FIRST team at their high school for at least two years, including their senior year,
  • have a minimum high school GPA of 3.50,
  • have a minimum SAT score of 1250 (combined math and verbal) or equivalent ACT combined score, and
  • meet USC academic enrollment requirements.

Applicable teams are associated with the FIRST Robotics Competition and the FIRST Tech Challenge. The recipient of this scholarship will receive up to $1,000 per year for up to four years.

Incoming Freshmen who want to be considered for the scholarship must submit, by March 15, to Ms. Becky Mayo at mayo@cec.sc.edu, the following:

  1. Completed FIRST Scholarship application
  2. Letter of Recommendation from a Teacher or FIRST Mentor explaining the applicant's role and contribution to their FIRST Team.