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EE and CS Scholarships

In an effort to help students with the cost of their education, SDSU offers general scholarships. For more information on the application process, as well as information about student loans, click the Financing link below.

In addition to the SDSU scholarships, students may apply for these scholarships.

DGR Scholarship

The DGR Engineering scholarship of $2,000 is awarded annually to an applicant who has completed 45 semester credit hours by June 1st of the current year in an accredited undergraduate engineering or land surveying degree program within the United States, and has a minimum 3.0 composite collegiate GPA.  Preference may be considered for those in an electrical, civil, environmental or agricultural engineering program.  Deadline for application submittal is May 15th. 

DGR Engineering has created this scholarship for the purpose of promoting and advancing the engineering profession in this region.  DGR Engineering was founded in Rock Rapids in 1952, and provides civil, electrical, aviation, environmental, and water resources engineering and land surveying services to public and private clients from its Iowa offices in Rock Rapids, Sioux City, and Ankeny, and its Sioux Falls office.

Geri Wolff Scholarship

This scholarship is offered by the Digital Signage Federation. 

Bennett Undergraduate EE Summer Research Fellowship

Electrical Engineering students entering their sophomore, junior, or senior year are eligible to apply for this award. 

IEEE Power & Energy Society Scholarship Plus Initiative

The IEEE Power & Energy Society Scholarship Plus Initiative™ (IEEE PES S+) accepts scholarship applications yearly.

The IEEE PES S+ is a scholarship and career experience program that was created in response to the looming workforce shortfall in the power and energy industry. The goal is simple: to increase the number of well-qualified, entry-level engineers by helping students.  

The IEEE PES S+ provides multi-year scholarships to qualifying U.S. electrical engineering undergraduate students. Scholars receive up to three years of funding — $2,000 the first year, $2,000 the second year and $3,000 the third year — interspersed with up to two years of valuable hands-on career experience.  Since the program began in 2011,  $642,000 has been distributed to 265 students at over 100 universities across the United States.  

Additionally, the top IEEE PES Scholar from each US IEEE Region will be selected as the IEEE PES John W. Estey Outstanding Scholar. These 6 individuals receive an additional $5,000 for school expenses and a travel honorarium to attend the IEEE 2014 PES General Meeting.  Applicants must be a full-time undergraduate student working toward a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering, a citizen or permanent resident of the U.S., willing to take power engineering courses, and have a GPA of at least 3.0. 

The South Dakota Space Grant Consortium (SDSGC) fellowship/scholarship stipend program 

The program invites applications from U.S. citizens for undergraduate and graduate student stipends for research, educational, or internship pursuits in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Projects must align with NASA's mission and those of the SDSGC and its affiliates. Application deadline is in January of each year.

The G. Ray Ekenstam Memorial Scholarship

The IEEE PES G. Ray Ekenstam Memorial Scholarship was established in memory of G. Ray Ekenstam and his professional career in the fields of power engineering and industry applications. The Scholarship Fund awards, on an annual basis, a scholarship to a qualified undergraduate student who seeks an electrical engineering degree in the field of power or a related discipline, from an accredited US university or college. The Scholarship Fund will be used to fund on an annual basis the following annual expenses: A maximum of US$5,000 for one student for school expenses (tuition, books, student fees) IEEE Student Membership for twelve months for one student. The deadline for submission is June of each year.

The Science, Mathematics, And Research for Transformation (SMART) scholarship-for-service

The program fully funds undergraduate and graduate degrees in a wide range of technical areas, including all fields of Engineering, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Brain and Cognitive Sciences, and Mathematics. The application deadline is December for the following school year. Click below for links to the application portal and other program-related information.

NREIP Program

The Naval Research Enterprise Internship Program (NREIP) is a ten week summer research opportunity for undergraduate Juniors & Seniors, and Graduate students, under the guidance of a mentor, at a participating Navy Laboratory. The stipend amounts for the program are approximately $7,690 for undergraduate students and appoximaely $10,250 for graduate students. U.S. citizenship required; Permanent residents accepted at certain labs.  Application deadlines are in November.

USAF Technical Degree Sponsorship Program

The U.S. Air Force offers a program for students pursuing a technical degree in Electrical Engineering or Computer Science. The program allows you to earn money while you finish your education. Upon graduation, you can get started in an Air Force job that utilizes your technical skills. 

Rural Electric Cooperative Scholarship

The program is designed to encourage and recognize the academic achievements of the children of rural electric cooperatives. 

CPSS Scholarships

The CPSS Scholarships are made available through the support of CPSS member and associate member companies. The intended recipients are those EE, ME, and CE students interested in the power and energy engineering areas. 

Goldwater Scholarship Program

The Goldwater Scholarship Program, one of the oldest and most prestigious national scholarships in the natural sciences, engineering and mathematics in the United States, seeks to identify and support college sophomores and juniors who show exceptional promise of becoming this Nation’s next generation of research leaders in these fields.

The characteristics the Foundation seeks in a Goldwater Scholar include:

  • strong commitment to a research career in the natural sciences, mathematics and engineering,
  • effective display of intellectual intensity in the sciences, mathematics and engineering, and
  • potential for a significant future contribution to research in his/her chosen field.

Scholarships of up to $7,500 a year are provided to help cover costs associated with tuition, mandatory fees, books, room and board. A sophomore who receives a Goldwater Scholarship will receive up to $7,500 in each of his/her junior and senior years. A junior who receives a Goldwater Scholarship will receive up to $7,500 in his/her senior year.

Students who are nominated who do not receive a scholarship but who show particular promise will be recognized with an Honorable Mention. Students who receive an Honorable Mention do not receive financial support.

AACE International Competitive Scholarships

This scholarship is available to full-time students pursuing a degree in computer science, engineering, information technology and other degrees directly related to the field of cost engineering and cost management. Students must be in good academic standing and attending an accredited college of university.

Women Techmakers Scholars Program

Dr. Anita Borg (1949–2003) believed that technology affects all aspects of our economic, political, social and personal lives. A technology rebel with a cause, she fought tirelessly to ensure that technology’s impact would be a positive one.
Through the Women Techmakers Scholars Program, Google is furthering Dr. Borg’s vision of creating gender equality in the field of computer science by encouraging women to excel in computing and technology and become active leaders and role models in the field.

EDSF Board of Directors Scholarship

Scholarships awarded to full-time students who are committed to pursuing a career in the document management and graphic communications marketplace. The career choices are very broad and include, but are not limited to, computer science and engineering, graphic design, graphic communications, media communications, and business. Preference is given to college-level juniors, seniors and advanced degree students. Minimum 3.0 GPA required.

Betty Stevens Frecknall Scholarship

AITP student members who are full-time students pursuing a degree in computer science, information technology, computer information systems or management information systems are eligible for this scholarship. Students must have successfully completed one semester at an accredited college or university and maintained a GPA of 3.0 or better and be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

AfterCollege Engineering & Technology Student Scholarship

AfterCollege believes that what's good for students is good for everyone: schools, employers, community, and other students! That’s why we not only help students find jobs & internships, but also offer scholarships to help fund their education. We have awarded more than $1,000,000 in scholarships and student activities through our program to date.

As a job and internship resource, our scholarships are for students who will be exemplary candidates in their field when the time comes to find an internship or job. This means that we evaluate applicants with the eye of a hiring manager, so: watch your grammar, check your spelling, put your best accomplishments forward and you may get paid for thinking about your future!

Eligibility requirements:

Wayne V. Black Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship is open to students pursuing a degree in computer science, engineering, information technology, pre-law, political science and telecommunications. Topics for submission are released in October of each year along with updated application criteria.

HORIZONS Scholarship

The Horizons Foundation Scholarship is open to women pursuing careers related to national security and defense in the United States. Applicants must be current students at an accredited four-year university working toward a degree in computer science, cyber security, political science and other related fields of study. Applicants must have completed 60 credit hours, maintain a GPA of 3.25 or higher and demonstrate financial need.

AFCEA Ralph W. Shrader Graduate Diversity Scholarships

This scholarship is for post graduate students currently enrolled in an accredited four year institution. Applicants must be working toward a master’s degree in computer science, engineering, physics, information management or math. Scholarships are determined by academic excellence and at least one scholarship is given to a woman or minority who demonstrates financial need.

Microsoft Tuition Scholarships

Microsoft awards tuition and conference scholarships each year to encourage students to further their learnings in Computer Science and related STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) disciplines. Recipients for the scholarship will be awarded in recognition of their demonstrated passion for technology, academic excellence, and leadership while working to push the software industry forward.

We strongly encourage underrepresented groups to pursue STEM fields of study as we greatly value a broad range of perspectives and contributions. We are especially committed to offering scholarships to those individuals from backgrounds that may have historically been underrepresented in the technical field. We prioritize scholarship applications that demonstrate exceptional leadership work in the promotion of diversity in STEM disciplines at their university.

Society of Women Engineers (SWE) Scholarships

The Society of Women Engineers offers this scholarship to women who are attending their freshman year of college. Applicants must be working toward a degree in computer science or engineering and have a minimum GPA of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale. Scholarship recipients are awarded $1,500 to help with their academic expenses.

AISES Intel Scholarship

Members of the American Indian Science and Engineering Society who are also Alaska or Hawaiian natives or members of an American Indian tribe can apply for this scholarship. Applicants must be undergraduate or graduate students enrolled at an accredited two year or four year institution and working toward a degree in computer science or computer engineering. Applicants must have a GPA of 3.0 or better.

Upsilon Pi Epsilon Student Award for Academic Excellence

The Executive Council of Upsilon Pi Epsilon (UPE) offers this scholarship to both undergraduate and graduate IEEE Computer Society members. Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 out of 4.0. This scholarship is awarded based on academic excellence, extracurricular activities in the applicants field of study and three letters of recommendation, which are required when applying.

Richard E. Merwin Student Scholarship

Graduate students and students completing the last two years of a computer science, computer engineering, electrical engineering or another well defined computer degree may be eligible for this scholarship. Applicants must be members of the IEEE Computer Society, have a GPA of 2.5 and be full-time students at an accredited institution.

Lance Stafford Larson Student Scholarship

To qualify for this scholarship, the student must write a paper regarding a topic of interest in the computer or technology industry. The student who is chosen for the best paper is awarded the scholarship. The applicant must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 and submit a paper that is 20 pages or fewer.

PHD ARA Scholarship

Applicants who are members of the Midwest Division of the Amateur Radio Association may be eligible for this scholarship. Members of any license level are encouraged to apply, but must be studying computer science, journalism, or electronic engineering.