Community Engaged Scholars in CS

Department of Computer ScienceUniversity of San Francisco

How to Apply

Applications for Fall 2019 are now closed.

There is a multi phase application process. Eligible applicants are first invited to submit an application. The selection committee identifies semi-finalists based on these applications to video interview. The committee will then select the top candidates and invite them to the scholarship program. If any candidate declines, the committee will invite individuals from the waitlist until enough scholars are identified.


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

  1. Must be admitted as a full-time degree-seeking student in the CS major for Fall 2019.

  2. Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.

  3. Must be considered low income based on the submitted FAFSA. This is defined as being Pell grant eligible and having a family income at or below $50,000.

  4. Must have either a high school GPA of 3.0 or higher, a SAT score of 1250 or higher, or an ACT score of 28 or higher (only one of these must be met).

To continue receiving funding, scholars must meet the following criteria at the end of every semester:

  1. Must remain a full-time student in the CS major.

  2. Must have both a major GPA and overall GPA of 3.0 or higher.

  3. Must continue to qualify as low-income (see above).

  4. Must participate in all required program activities.

Scholars that fails to meet the criteria for a semester will be placed on probation. Scholars that fail to meet the criteria for two semesters in a row will not be eligible to renew the scholarship.


Eligible applicants will be contacted via email after being admitted to USF, and asked to fill out a form with the following questions:

  • Applicants will be asked to confirm they meet the eligibility criteria.

  • Applicants will be asked to discuss any challenges they have encountered on their path to college in 2000 characters or less. This may include challenges encountered at home, work, or school.

  • Applicants will be asked to discuss any responsibilities they have outside of school in 2000 characters or less. Responsibilities might include familial obligations, work obligations, and extra curricular activities.

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

  • Applicants will be asked to consent to releasing their GPA, SAT, and/or ACT scores from their USF applications to the CES|CS selection committee.

Fall 2019 applications are due Wednesday Apr 10, 2019. The link to the application form is emailed directly to eligible applicants after being admitted to the university.


The selection committee will review all of the applications submitted by the deadline and invite semi-finalists to a 15 minute video interview with one or more of the committee members.

Video interviews will be scheduled to start on Wednesday Apr 17, 2019.

Interviews will be conducted online via the free Zoom video conference software. Please download this software or install the mobile app prior to the scheduled interview time.


After the video interviews, the selection committee will offer the scholarship to the top 6 applicants on Wednesday Apr 24, 2019. To accept the scholarship, these finalists:

  • Must respond to the scholarship offer to accept the scholarship.

  • Must formally accept admission to USF and submit a deposit by the deposit deadline of Wednesday May 01, 2019.

  • Must formally apply for on-campus housing by Wednesday May 01, 2019.

After Wednesday May 01, 2019, the scholarship will be offered to someone on the waitlist instead.

Waiting List

After the video interviews, the selection committee will invite a select number of semi-finalists to join a waiting list. If space opens up after May 01, 2019, it will be offered to someone on the waiting list instead.

Please note this will be after the deposit deadline, so only applicants that decided to attend USF and deposited will be eligible to accept. These applicants must accept the scholarship and apply for on-campus housing by the guaranteed housing deadline of Friday May 10, 2019.

The list of scholarship recipients will be finalized on Friday May 10, 2019.

Important Dates

Here are various dates relevant to the application process:

Applications for Fall 2019 are now closed.
Date Description Calendar
Apr 10, 2019 Deadline to apply for the CES|CS scholarship program. Scholarship Calendar
Apr 17, 2019 Video interviews for finalists begin. Scholarship Calendar
Apr 24, 2019 Scholarship finalist and waitlist notifications. Scholarship Calendar
May 01, 2019 Deadline for finalists to accept the CES|CS scholarship. Scholarship Calendar
May 01, 2019 Deadline to accept USF first-year fall admission and place the deposit. Admissions Calendar
May 01, 2019 Deadline for finalists to submit a first-year fall application for guaranteed on-campus housing. Housing Calendar
Aug 11, 2019 Early move-in date for CES|CS scholarship recipients. Scholarship Calendar
Aug 17, 2019 New Student & Family Orientation (NSFO) begins for all first year students. Academic Calendar