Awards and Scholarships | Department of Computer Science | SIU

Southern Illinois University



College of Science

Awards and Scholarships

Awards and Scholarships


Computer Science Scholarship for Current and Transfer Students

The Department of Computer Science offers one or more $800 scholarships for current and transfer students. Each scholarship is disbursed in two equal parts of $400 each for the Fall and Spring semesters. The funds will be applied to recipient’s Bursar account. Applications may be obtained from the department or by filling out and submitting our application form.
(Deadline: February 1st)

Scholarships are awarded to undergraduate students who are currently enrolled at SIUC and who have made significant progress toward a major in Computer Science. These awards are based on the following criteria:

  • Completion of at least CS 202, CS 215 and CS 220 or their equivalents.
  • Current GPA of 3.25 overall.
  • Current GPA of 3.50 in the major.
  • Maintain enrollment status as a CS major and full-time student at SIUC
    during the award period and maintain the above-listed GPA standards.

Computer Science Scholarship for High School Seniors 

The Department of Computer Science also offers one or more $2,000 scholarships for selected high school seniors who enroll at SIUC with a major in Computer Science. The scholarship is disbursed in four equal parts of $500 per semester for four semesters (Fall and Spring). The funds will be applied to recipient’s Bursar account.  Applications may be obtained from the department or by filling out and submitting our application form.
(Deadline: February 1st)

Selection will be based on candidate's entire academic and extracurricular record. For eligibility, candidate must submit completed application form; copy of ACT/SAT score report; high school transcript; resume detailing academic achievements, extra-curricular activities, and employment history; letters of reference from two high school teachers (one must be from a math teacher); and a 200-word typewritten essay discussing what sparked their interest in computer science. Minimum requirements are a composite ACT score of at least 27 (or SAT total of 1220), a math ACT score of at least 27 (or a math SAT of 610), and a class ranking in the top 25%.

To retain the Computer Science Scholarship for High School Seniors, a student must do the following:

  • Maintain an overall GPA of at least 3.0 (out of 4.0).
  • Maintain a GPA in Computer Science (CS) courses of at least 3.25.
  • Pass an average of at least 27 semester hours per academic year
    (Fall through Summer).
  • Successfully complete at least two CS courses per year.
  • Have successfully completed at least six CS courses by the end of the second year.
  • Maintain enrollment status as a CS major and full-time student at SIUC.

General Scholarships (Deadline: February 2)

Scholarships from other SIUC Departments

  • College of Science Scholarship (Deadline: January 31)
  • McNair Scholars Program (Deadline: March 1 extended to February 15th for 2016)
  • SIU Women's Club Scholarships (Deadline: March 1)
  • SIUC Academic, Collegiate, and General Scholarships

Scholarships from other sources

  • Frank L. Klingberg Scholarship - Rotary Club of Carbondale (Deadline: January 31)
  • Computer Society Richard E. Merwin Scholarship (Deadline: May 31 annually)
  • EasyAid's Computer Science Scholarship
  • Society of Women Engineers, Chicago Regional Section Scholarship (Deadline: April 15)
  • Shutterfly Computer Science Scholarship (Deadline August 31, 2015)

For Graduate Students

Many qualified graduate students in Computer Science receive financial support in the form of teaching or research assistantships. Appointments are normally made on half-time bases, committing the student to 20 hours of work per week. The stipend associated with such assistantships is $1000 per month for half-time appointments. Also, tuition fees are waived. Ordinarily, a student whose academic progress and performance of duties has been satisfactory is eligible for reappointment. Students who hold an assistantship normally take nine credit hours per semester.

Students who receive an offer of a graduate assistantship are selected, on a competitive basis, from among those who have been admitted to the graduate program in Computer Science. The main criteria used in making this selection are the quality of the academic background of the student and his/her knowledge and skills about the assigned responsibilities. In addition, other factors may be taken into consideration. These include GRE scores, TOEFL scores (when applicable), letters of recommendation, and the overall reputation of the student's undergraduate institution. If the department cannot provide an assistantship since the number is limited, you may check the SIUC Graduate School's web page on Graduate Administrative Assistantship Job Postings for possible employment, which should include tuition waivers, too. If you cannot find a job before you arrive, our graduate students usually do not have difficulty finding on-campus employment due to their computer skills and background.

In addition to assistantships, a limited number of graduate fellowships are available to academically superior students. Graduate fellowships provide a stipend of approximately $1000 per month, along with a tuition waiver. No duties are required of graduate students holding fellowships.