As the world becomes more and more reliant upon technology, there is a greater need for information technologists to write programs and applications, to keep networks functioning, and to accomplish a myriad of other tasks. Because today’s youth have grown up with technology at their fingertips, 24/7, many high school graduates are interested in pursuing jobs in technology. Fortunately there are many IT scholarships for those interested in tech degrees.
The Intel Science Talent Search
The Intel Science Talent Search is one of the most prestigious scholarships for IT available. The winner receives a top award of $100,000 for the Intel Foundation, but this is no 500-word essay scholarship. A recent past winner was a 17-year-old who did research that could lead to better breast cancer treatments based on molecular mechanisms in cancer cells.
ESA Foundation Computer and Video Game Scholarship
The Entertainment Software Association Foundation provides scholarships in the amount of $3,000 to female and minority students who will be majoring in a field that is directly related to the computer and video game industries as long as she enrolls in a four year university or college program. Thirty of the scholarships are presented annually, 15 to graduating seniors and 15 are presented to students already in college programs.
NFB Computer Science Scholarship
Each year the National Federation for the Blind gives scholarships to legally blind scholars, including some to those specifically committed to studying technology in college. To qualify, applicants must be legally blind in both eyes, a United States citizen, planning to study full-time, and the successful applicant will have participated in the entire NFB national convention and must commit to participating in all activities devoted to scholarship winners.
Alice L. Haltom Educational Fund
The Alice L. Haltom Educational Fund is a scholarship that exists to help students who attend college for the purpose of information and records management. This scholarship is presented by the Association of Records Managers and Administrators International. Students who seek an associate’s degree in technology or information management can receive a $1,000 scholarship, and students who seek a bachelor’s degree or advanced degree can receive a $2,000 scholarship.
Foundation for Information Technology Scholarship
The Foundation for Information Technology offers several scholarships. Some scholarships through the Foundation for Information Technology are national scholarships, such as the Betty Stevens-Frecknall Scholarship which supports students who are seeking a degree that is related to a field in informational technology, while other scholarships through FIT are regional, with scholarships for Colorado, Wisconsin and other geographic locations in the United States.
Robert Half Technology/AITP Scholarships
The Robert Half Technology AITP Scholarships award up to $2,500 for qualified students enrolled in an IT program. Winners of this scholarship will specialize in providing top level information technology to business and industry.
Information technology is one of the fastest growing and wide-ranging fields in the market, and because of that there is likely to be a need for people with IT degrees for the foreseeable future. With the need for these graduates, there is a great deal of scholarship money available for those students who are willing to pursue a degree in IT. Those students who have a love of technology should consider this course of study, and these students should also seek some of these IT scholarships.