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Information Technology Scholarships

The academic field of information technology teaches individuals how computers and computing systems provide a foundation for our electronic lives. Successful degree candidates for this major should be creative, organized and patient. You'll also need well-developed critical thinking and reading skills. If you think you have what it takes, continue reading to explore the world of IT and information technology scholarships.

Information technology or IT exists at the crossroads of computer engineering and information systems. IT is the point where it all comes together – computer systems, networks, applications, hardware and software. Because of this, you'll receive instruction across a wide range of information technology subjects. Typical courses encountered in this major may include programming fundamentals, database management, networking, systems security, systems analysis and algorithm design.

After you complete your broad introductory study you will then choose a concentration so as to focus your elective courses on a specific subject. Examples of these concentrations include networking, Web development, digital communications among many more. Along with these core courses you'll also enroll in electives such as creative writing, public speaking and life science courses. 

Your core courses will most likely be taught in a variety of formats. You can expect lecture and traditional classroom instruction along with computer lab courses, individual and group presentations and online learning. For some courses you'll work as part of a team. This will probably be the case for your senior thesis project, in which you and several classmates will work together to solve an actual information technology problem. 

IT scholarships, in some ways, mirror the field itself. They can be found for a wide range of information technology sub-fields. Popular areas of concentration, such as digital communications, may feature the most scholarship opportunities. Still, the field is large enough that there should be plenty of scope for all. 

The employment prospects for IT professionals is expected to remain robust over the coming decade. While some entry-level positions continue to be outsourced, the majority of new IT jobs will remain in the country. Career opportunities and advancement should be best for those graduates with secondary skills and knowledge, such as Web development or supply chain management.       

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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).

Adelle & Erwin Tomash Graduate Fellowship

The fellowship will be awarded to a graduate student for doctoral dissertation research in the history of computing. The fellowship may be held at the recipient's home academic institution, the Charles Babbage Institute, or any other location with appropriate research facilities. The stipend is $14,000. It is intended for students who have completed all requirements for the doctoral degree except the research and writing of the dissertation. Tomash Fellowship recipients must remain students in good standing throughout the term of their fellowship, but there is no restriction on holding other fellowships, scholarships, or awards concurrent to the Tomash Fellowship. Preference will be given to applicants indicating a need to use CBI materials, planning research in residence at CBI, and willing to make a brief presentation of their research findings to CBI staff. Questions pertaining to collection content and access can be directed to R. Arvid Nelsen, CBI Archivist, at nels0307@umn.edu. TO APPLY: Applicants should send to CBI a curriculum vitae and a five-page (single-spaced) statement and justification of the research project including a discussion of methods, research materials, evidence of faculty support for the project, and bibliography (bibliography does not count toward page count). Applicants should also arrange for three letters of reference and certified copies of graduate school transcripts to be sent directly to CBI.

HVTO Stewardship Award

Description:Established to provide financial assistance to students interested in working with electronic documents as a career. Eligibility:This scholarship is awarded to an individual who contributes, through volunteer and community activities, has demonstrated leadership and contribution. Student must be pursuing a career in IT, graphic arts, or business.

Buildium’s Build U. Scholarship

Buildium’s Build U. Scholarship awards one $2,500 prize each semester to the student who can write the winning essay on how having a shared set of beliefs is important for building a great company. This is open to student at least 18 years old in good academic standing and majoring in Product Design, Interaction Design, UX Design, Engineering, or Computer Science. All essay submissions must be emailed to at scholarship@buildium.com.

Canadian National Railway Company 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.

ITT Corporation Scholarship Program

Eligible Majors: Finance, Mathematics, Marketing, Chemistry, Computer Science, Physics, Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering Eligible Schools: UNCF Member Colleges and Universities, HBCU Schools (please check the website for the complete list) Eligible Locations: Open Scholarship Detail: ITT Corporation Scholarship Program will support UNCF and HBCU students in the fields of Chemistry, Chemical, Computer, Electrical and Mechanical Engineering, Computer Science, Finance, Marketing, Mathematics, Optics and Physics. The candidates must be classified as a sophomore or junior. Apply Online Donor/Sponsor Name: ITT Corporation Donor/Sponsor URL: http://www.itt.com Please check the website for the availability of this scholarship.

American Honda Foundation Scholarship

Scholarship Value: varies up to $5,000 Classifications: Open Minimum GPA: 2.5 Eligible Majors: Mathematics, Science, Information Technology, Environmental Sciences Eligible Schools: Dillard University, Tougaloo College, Xavier University Eligible Locations: California Scholarship Detail: American Honda Foundation Scholarship will support students from Los Angeles, Riverside and San Bernardino California.

Women in Technology Scholarship (WITS)

Attention all college-bound women! If you’re pursuing a career in computer science, information technology, management information systems, computer engineering, or another related field, Visionary Integration Professionals (VIP) would like to invite you to apply for our annual Women in Technology Scholarship (WITS) program. Please download the application for specific requirements. Now in its eighth year, the program has awarded nearly $100,000 in aid to more than 60 women across the country. WITS offers support for women who are attending or planning to attend a two- or four-year college within the United States for the upcoming school year. VIP awards multiple scholarships of up to $2,500 per recipient. Candidates are evaluated based on the following criteria: Academic performance Community involvement Extracurricular activities Leadership qualities Career path Essay response

HSF/Hormel Scholarship

Program Description:The HSF/Hormel Scholarship Program is a scholarship of $2,500 awarded for applicants interested in a career in the food industry.In addition, interested students can apply to be considered for a paid internship. Eligibility Requirements: * Be of Hispanic 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 (not expired) * Have a permanent address in one of the following Midwest states: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin * Have a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale * Be a Junior with an intended graduation date between December and August * Be majoring in Accounting, Mechanical Engineering (includes Mechanical Technology), Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Industrial Engineering/Technology (includes Industrial Management) Manufacturing Engineering, Business Administration (includes Operations), Management, Agriculture Science/Agronomy (includes Agriculture Engineering, Agribusiness, Ag Economics, Food Service), Computer Science, Information Technology (IT/MIS) (includes Computer Information Systems), Zoology (includes Animal Science), Marketing (includes Professional Selling), Hospitality Administration (includes Hotel/Restaurant Management) or related majors * Must apply for federal financial aid by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

Richard E. Merwin Student Scholarship

IEEE Computer Society is offering $40,000 in student scholarships from $1,000 and up to recognize and reward active student volunteer leaders in student branches or chapters who show promise in their academic and professional efforts. This scholarship was created in honor of the late Richard E. Merwin, past president of the IEEE Computer Society, to recognize and reward student leadership. The selected winners of this award will have the opportunity to serve as IEEE Computer Society Student Ambassadors for the particular IEEE region to which they belong. Duties as Student Ambassadors will include collecting and disseminating information to student branches or chapters in their region and serving as a liaison between the IEEE Computer Society Member and Geographic Activities Board (MGAB) and student members in their region. Over a dozen scholarships of $1,000 and up are available, for one academic year (approximately 9 months). The Merwin Scholarship now has two application deadlines; Apr. 30th and Sep. 30th of each year (you may only apply once per year on either Apr. 30th and Sep. 30th). Who is Eligible? Graduate students, and those in the final two years of an undergraduate program in electrical or computer engineering, computer science, or a well-defined computer related field of engineering who are active members of a student branch or chapter are eligible. IEEE Computer Society membership is required. (Note: Students applying for the award should have a minimum one year in which to complete their degree, or be considering or enrolled to immediately start further study upon completion.) Applicants are required to have a minimum grade point average of 2.5 over 4.0 (or exam marks of at least 60%), and be a full-time student as defined by his or her academic institution during the course of the award. Student winners of the Computer Society's Richard Merwin or UPE/CS award for the previous year (13 months) are not eligible. Criteria? Evaluation criteria include participation in student IEEE branch/chapter activities (30%), academic achievement (30%), extracurricular activities (10%), letter of recommendation from student branch/chapter advisor (20%), and quality of Student Ambassador vision statement (10%). How to Apply? Complete the application guidlines and submit it, along with a simple text file of your entry to: Patricia.edwards@computer.org

Hallmark/UNCF Scholars Program

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS: MINIMUM GPA 3.0 ETHNICITIES African American, American Indian - Alaska Native, Asian Pacific Islander American, Hispanic American COLLEGES / UNIVERSITIES 4-Year Colleges ACADEMIC CLASSIFICATION College Junior, College Senior MAJORS Graphic Arts, Industrial Engineering, Supply Chain Management, Accounting, Illustration, Photography/Video, Mechanical Engineering, Business, English, Marketing, Computer Engineering, Computer Science/MIS, Industrial Design, Electrical Engineering, Interactive Design, Finance, Economics

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