Community Engaged Scholars in CS

Department of Computer ScienceUniversity of San Francisco

How to Apply

Posted Monday Apr 17, 2023

The priority application deadline for Spring 2022 is Monday November 29, 2021. Applications received after that date will be considered for the waiting list. See below for details.

Potentially eligible applicants are first invited via email to submit an application to the CES|CS program. The committee then selects the top candidates and invites them to the scholarship program. If any candidate declines, the committee invites individuals from the waitlist until enough scholars are identified.


Applicants must meet the following eligibility criteria to receive this scholarship:

  1. You must be admitted to USF as a full-time degree-seeking student majoring in Computer Science.

  2. You must be citizens of the United States, OR nationals of the United States (as defined in section 101(a) of the Immigration and Nationality Act), OR aliens admitted as refugees under section 207 of the Immigration and Nationality Act, OR aliens lawfully admitted to the United States for permanent residence (You only need to meet ONE of these requirements.)

  3. Incoming first-year students must have either a high school GPA of 3.0 or higher, OR a SAT score of 1250 or higher, OR an ACT score of 28 or higher. (You only need to meet ONE of these requirements.) Continuing students must have a Computer Science major GPA of 3.0 or higher. Students in their first semester who have not yet completed a computer science class are eligible to apply.

  4. You must be Pell Grant eligible or have a total family income of $50,000 or below on your FAFSA.

Applications can be submitted even if the last item (4) is unknown. We will determine whether your application meets those requirement before awarding the scholarships.

For additional eligibility details, such as the requirements for continued funding, see the Eligibility guide.


Potentially eligible applicants are contacted via email and asked to fill out a form with the following questions:

  • Applicants will be asked to consent to the selection committee accessing their declared major, citizenship status, GPA, SAT, ACT, FAFSA, and financial aid information from their USF applications to verify eligibility.

  • Applicants will be asked to upload a 1 to 3 page resume in PDF format.

The application also includes the essay questions about the applicant’s choice of major, challenges encountered on the path to or in college, responsibilities outside of school, and potential impact of the scholarship. The responses should be approximately 2-3 paragraphs; there is a 2000 character maximum per essay responses:

Applications are due Monday Nov 29, 2021. The form is also available below:

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The selection committee will notify students who have been selected for the scholarship before the tuition payment deadline. Notifications will be sent to the email address entered in the application form. Scholars must promptly respond to the scholarship offer via email to accept the scholarship.

If any of the finalists decline, the scholarship will be offered to someone on the waitlist instead.