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Computer science degree programs are designed to teach individuals the theory and practice of computing systems and software. For this major you'll need to be creative, analytical and attentive to detail. If this sounds like you continue reading to find out more about some of the fastest growing occupations in the country and the computer science scholarships that can help get you there.

Like many academic programs, computer science degree programs are constructed in a variety of formats. Some programs stress practical problem solving while other programs focus on abstract, conceptual knowledge. Some, but not all, programs feature electrical engineering coursework, allowing students to explore the design and function of computer circuitry. Also, programs differ regarding the level and amount of math and logic knowledge they expect from incoming students. You'll need to explore your programs of choice carefully to ensure that you end up with one that matches your educational and vocational goals.

Typical core computer science courses you're likely to encounter include data structures, algorithms, software engineering, computer graphics, robotics, database design, artificial intelligence and operating systems. There are a host of specialized fields within computer science that you can concentrate on at the undergraduate level. These include graphics, computational linguistics, robotics, multimedia studies and many more. If you want to concentrate on more advanced topics such as bioinformatics or computer architecture you will most likely need to continue your studies at the graduate level.

This is an intellectually challenging major. You will encounter many abstract concepts while also mastering many precise programming languages. The curriculum will consist of lectures as well as lab work. You'll be required to log long hours on projects and assignments. Many students find the ability of thinking abstractly and precisely at the same time to be a difficult set of skills to master.

However, once mastered these skills can lead to a host of exciting careers. As was mentioned above, careers such as database administrator, computer system designer and computer security specialist are some of the hottest in the nation. And they look to remain so for the foreseeable future. More jobs are available than there are graduating students to fill them.

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Fellowships for Selected Professions

Selected Professions Fellowships are awarded to women in the final year of graduate study in designated fields where women's participation has been low. Women in engineering master's programs are eligible to apply for either first or final year of study. Applicants must be U.S. Citizens or permanent residents. Special consideration is given to applicants who show professional promise in innovative or neglected areas of research and/or practice in areas of public interest. All women are eligible to apply for fellowships in the following degree programs: architecture (M. Arch.), computer/information sciences (MS), engineering (ME, MS, PhD), mathematics/statistics (MS).

Wright State University/SAE Engineering Scholarship

Student Eligibility: This merit scholarship is for a freshman in any program in the College and will be awarded on basis of scholarship and achievement. Applicant may also be considered for other university scholarships based on merit and achievement. Terms: One $1,000 freshman nonrenewable scholarship will be offered.

Computer Character Animation Scholarship

Criteria: 1. Must submit a wireframe or rendered sequence of animated, 3-dimensional digital character(s). 2. Must be a graduate or undergraduate student. 3. Must be enrolled full-time. Contact Information: Students interested in applying for this scholarship should view http://www.rhythm.com/inside_randh/opportunities_scholarships.shtml for more information and an application form.

HSF/Marathon Oil Corporation College Scholarship Program

Program Description:The HSF/Marathon Oil Corporation Scholarship Program is a scholarship of up to $15,000 per year. Selected students may receive up to $15,000 for two academic years for a possible total award of $30,000.In addition, scholars will be offered the opportunity to participate in a possible paid 8-10 week summer internship at various Marathon Oil Corporation locations. Scholars will also be paired with a Marathon Oil Corporation employee who will serve as a professional mentor.Eligibility Requirements: * Be of Hispanic American, African American, Asian Pacific Islander American, or American Indian/Alaskan Native heritage. * Be a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident of the United States with a valid Social Security Number at the time of application. All legal permanent residents must submit a copy of their valid permanent resident card or passport stamped I-551. * Have a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale. * Be a current Sophomore majoring in Accounting, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Energy Management or Petroleum Land Management, Environmental Engineering, Environmental Health & Safety, Finance, Geology, Geophysics, Geotechnical Engineering, Global Procurement or Supply Chain Management, Information Technology (IT/MIS), Marketing, Mechanical Engineering, Petroleum Engineering, or Transportation & Logistics. * Or be a current Senior planning to enroll in a Master's degree program in Geology or Geophysics. * Must apply for federal financial aid by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

Horizons Foundation Scholarship Program

Applicants must meet the following criteria: 1. Be currently enrolled at an accredited university or college, either full-time or part-time. Both undergraduate and graduate students are eligible. Undergraduates must have attained at least junior level status (60 credits). 2. Demonstrate interest in pursuing a career related to national security. 3. Demonstrate financial need. 4. Have a minimum Grade Point Average of 3.25. 5. Be a U.S. Citizen. The Foundation focuses on the following preferred fields of study for awarding scholarships: Engineering, Computer Science, Physics, Mathematics, Business, Law, International Relations, Political Science, Operations Research, Economics. Other fields of study will be considered if the applicant can successfully demonstrate relevance to a career in the areas of national security or defense. Recipients of past awards are not restricted from reapplying for future financial assistance.

Affirmative Action Scholarship

Applicants must be a member of a minority group, defined by the U.S. Government as: Black (not of Hispanic origin), Hispanic (regardless of race), Asian or Pacific Islander, and American Indian or Alaskan Native. Extra consideration shall be given to members of the Special Libraries Association and to persons who have worked in and for special libraries, but the scholarships are not restricted to these persons. Preference shall be given to those who display an aptitude for interest in special library work.

Nancy Goodhue Lynch Scholarship

Eligibility: For outstanding, undergraduate students currently attending an eligible Datatel client institution, who are majoring in an Information Technology-related curriculum program. The applicant will need to indicate their major on their application. Personal Statement Essay: The Nancy Goodhue Lynch scholarship personal statement essay should explain why the applicant chose to study a technology-related curriculum field, the impact of technology on their future, and the importance of receiving the Nancy Goodhue Lynch scholarship. Award Amount: The top two rated applications for the Nancy Goodhue Lynch scholarship are awarded $2,500 each. Winners Profile:

Minority Academic Institutions Undergraduate Student Fellowships-Chemistry

Description:Established to provide financial assistance and summer internships to undergraduates at minority academic institutions (MAIs) who are interested in majoring in fields related to the environment. Eligibility:Applicants for this program must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents who are enrolled full time with a minimum grade point average of 3.0 in an accredited 4-year institution that meets the definition of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as an MAI: Historically Black College and Universities (HBCUs), Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs), and Tribal Colleges (TCs). Students must be majoring in environmental science, physical sciences, biological sciences, chemistry, computer science, environmental health, social sciences, mathematics, or engineering. They must be available to work as interns at an EPA facility during the summer between their junior and senior years.

John J. Cunningham Memorial Scholarship

Junior or Senior college student pursuing an undergraduate degree in a professional field that has direct applications in the passenger rail sector. General criteria for all scholarship applicants include having an interest in railway engineering, maintaining a minimum GPA of 2.0, and being available for interview by the AREMA Scholarship Committee.

AREMA Presidential Scholarship

General criteria for all scholarship applicants include having an interest in railway engineering, maintaining a minimum GPA of 2.0, and being available for interview by the AREMA Scholarship Committee. Enrolled student who has completed at least one quarter or semester in an accredited* four or five year engineering or engineering technology undergraduate degree program.

GTE Foundation Scholarships

These scholarships were awarded for the first time in 1995. Scholarships are presented to entering sophomore or junior women majoring in electrical engineering or computer science. The minimum GPA requirement is 3.5/4.0. All SWE scholarships are open only to women majoring in engineering or computer science in a college or university with an ABET-accredited program or in a SWE-approved school, and who will be in a specified year of study during the academic year the grant payment is made.

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