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I-FOCUS-CS Scholarship Program


 

 

Mission

The I-FOCUS-CS Scholarship Program will support high-achieving, low-income students  to sucessfully complete their degrees in Computer Science (CS) and join the scientific workforce or pursue advanced studies in CS.

With funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (S-STEM) program, I-FOCUS-CS project will provide academically talented but low-income students with up to $10,000 Need-based Scholarship per year! The actual scholarship amount will be determined once FAFSA information is obtained and processed by UTSA.

Through scholarship and several other educational activities, the I-FOCUS-CS program plans to

  • increase the number of academically talented but low-income students,
  • improve the retention and more importantly graduation rates,
  • improve the success rate of academically talented but low-income students in proceeding to the technical workforce or pursuing advanced studies in CS, and
  • contribute to the implementation and sustainability.

The majority of the I-FOCUS-CS scholarships will be awarded to freshmen for four years as long as they are qualified and maintain their good standing. A limited number of I-FOCUS-CS scholarships will be awarded to existing CS students who have passed Data Structures (CS 2123) but still have at least two years to graduate.


Eligibility Requirements

I-FOCUS-CS Scholars must

  • be US citizens, permanent residents, nationals, or refugees;
  • be full-time UTSA students (or be accepted to UTSA);
  • declare CS or pre-CS as major;
  • be academically talented (e.g., have a 3.2 or above GPA in major course work, be in top 25%, or have high SAT/ACT scores); and
  • be economically disadvantaged according to the Department of Education rules for need-based federal financial aid Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

We highly encourage students from diverse backgrounds underrepresented in Computer Sciences (e.g., Females, African Americans, Hispanics, Native American/Alaskan or persons with disabilities, first generation, Veterans) to apply.


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