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.
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.