Computer Science Departmental Scholarship Awards

Contact Information

Tatyana Stahler (She/Her/Hers)

Academic Program Coordinator

Scholarship Resources

Departmental Scholarship Opportunities

The Computer Science Department awards around a dozen departmental scholarships every academic year. These scholarships are only available to those majoring in the Computer Science Department (including Computer Science, Cybersecurity, Data Science, and Computer Science – Secondary Education) and those in the Computer Science Master’s program. Students must also meet other criteria set by the donors of the scholarship awards to be eligible. Applicants must also have a recent FASFA completed to be considered for any scholarship award that requires financial need.

Declared majors in the Computer Science Department are encouraged to apply for a departmental Scholarship Award. The application is comprised of demographic information, and some short essay questions to share your extracurricular involvement in the department. The department generally receives over 100 applications and center equity in the awarding process. Not all applicants will be awarded a scholarship. The scholarship committee reviews all applications for eligibility, academic performance, financial need or hardship, department involvement, and the impact an award may have on the student’s academic journey.

Applications are accepted once a year starting in late winter quarter and due early spring quarter. Application dates for 2023 TBD.

Full list of Computer Science Departmental Scholarships

Amount per Academic Year: Varies, Approximately $2,000-3,000

Fellowship for Computer Science Grad students.

Amount per Academic Year: Varies, Approximately $2,000-3,000

This endowment was created and operates exclusively to fund a graduate fellowship with financial need in the Computer Science Department. As part of the donation, this fellowship was funded and named, Track Global, the Microsoft project the group once worked on by the group of donors.

Amount per Academic Year: Varies, Approximately $3,000-5,000

The scholarship funds one-year, renewable scholarships for undergraduate students in good standing with a declared major in Computer Science. Students must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 or better, and preference is given to students from Clallam County. Those students who demonstrate interest in CS through work-oriented use of computers or special projects may substitute for declared major in Computer Science.

Amount per Academic Year: Approximately $1,000

This scholarship is established to undergraduate students who have financial need; and exhibit consistent, sincere interest in, and strong motivation toward, a degree in CS. 

Amount per Academic Year: Varies, Approximately $6,000

One or more full tuition scholarships, including fees and books, will be awarded to students majoring in CS, for their junior or senior years, on the basis of academic achievement. Preference is also given to those with financial need. The award is renewable for a second year if academic scholarship standards are maintained by the student.

Amount per Academic Year: $2,000

Lars and Elaine provide this scholarship to encourage, support and reward students at WWU who are interested in pursuing a career with computers and to inspire students who have the potential to make an impact in this ever-changing field. Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 or better with financial need. First generation applicants preferred.

Amount per Academic Year: $2,000

This scholarship will be awarded based on financial need, aptitude in computer science, and motivation to succeed.

Amount per Academic Year: Varies, Approximately $1,000-2,000

One annual scholarship to an undergraduate CS major who has shown outstanding academic achievement.

Amount per Academic Year: Award amount varies

This scholarship provides support for students in the Computer Science Department. Preference will be made to students who demonstrate outstanding academic merit.

Amount per Academic Year: $6,000

This scholarship provides support for graduate students in CS. Preference is made to students with outstanding academic merit, US citizens, and Washington State residents.

Amount per Academic Year: $2,500

This scholarship prefers funding applicants who are enrolled in the Cybersecurity program, or CS students with a security focus. This scholarship is renewable as long as the student recipient remains in good academic standing.

Amount per Academic Year: $2,000

This scholarship supports students in Computer Science. Female applicants with financial need, and are declared CS majors are preferred.

Amount per Academic Year: Two $4,000 awards

This scholarship honors Dr. Johnson’s lifelong passion for learning and his role in forming and shaping the CS Department at Western. The intention of this scholarship is to support the studies of future CS students, whether under-graduate or graduate, who share his passion and enthusiasm for learning, exploring and developing new ideas.

Amount per Academic Year: $8,000

To provide support for students in the Computer Science Department. Preference will be made to an applicant who is transferring to Western from a Community College with a first preference for Green River Community College or Highline Community College. If no students fit those two community college preferences, the backup preference is for a student from any King County Community College. When possible, a secondary preference will be made to a student who has financial need. This scholarship is renewable for as long as the student remains in good academic standing and remains in the computer science major.

Amount per Academic Year: $2,000

The purpose of the Ugwoaba Scholarship for Computer Science (“Fund”) is to promote gender equity in computer science and provide support for students in the Computer Science Department.

The purpose of this fund is to provide a scholarship to an enrolled WWU student that draws upon lived experiences working and collaborating with Black and/or African American Organizations and Clubs at WWU. This scholarship shall be awarded to a student who is involved in the Black and/or African American community at Western and contributes to the community through their work, lived experience, studies or volunteerism in a way that enhances culturally centered programs, provides a sense of community, and/or furthers social justice for the Black and/or African American community. All students are encouraged to apply. When possible, preference to be made to students who are intercollegiate athletes.

Amount per Academic Year: Two $5,000 awards

The scholarship is for a student in the Computer Science Department and may be used to pay any costs related to educational expenses, including, but not limited to, tuition, books, materials, supplies, etc.  Preference will be made to applicants who demonstrate financial need.