Kitware will award up to two $5,000 scholarships for the 2021/2022 academic year for talented Black high school seniors pursuing an education in computer science or a closely related field. Scholarship recipients who continue to meet the eligibility requirements may renew their award annually, receiving up to $20,000 in total ($5,000 per year for four consecutive years). Scholarship recipients will also be offered a paid summer internship at Kitware for the duration of their award.
Who is Eligible?
To be eligible for this scholarship, you must:
- Be a Black or African American high school senior graduating in spring 2021
- Be a US citizen, permanent resident, or asylee
- Reside within commuting distance of Kitware’s Clifton Park, NY or Carrboro, NC office
- Plan to attend college in the fall of 2021
- Plan to pursue a bachelor’s degree (or an associate’s degree as a step toward a bachelor’s degree) in computer science or a closely related field (such as computer engineering, computer information systems or software engineering)
- Demonstrate a passion for science and technology and/or a strong academic record
- Require financial assistance to attend college
How to Apply:
Applications can be submitted between December 15, 2020 and February 15, 2021. Recipients will be notified by early May.
In the application process, you will be required to supply:
- Basic information about you (name, address, email, phone number, high school you are attending now, college you will be attending in the fall)
- Two letters of recommendation (one must be from a current math or science teacher)
- A high school transcript (unofficial transcript is accepted)
- information about financial need
- A statement about ethnic origin
- A statement about your experience/interest in software development, math, and science
- A statement about why you are pursuing a computer science (or closely related) degree
- A short essay on the following: you are given a large team of software developers and significant computing resources to tackle a current problem in the world today. What problem would you try to solve through software? What would the software application do?
Terms and Conditions:
The scholarship funds must be spent on education-related expenses (such as tuition, fees, books, supplies and equipment) required for your degree. Recipients are expected to be enrolled as a full-time student at an accredited, degree-granting institution (under certain extenuating circumstances, part-time schedules may be allowed). Scholarship funds will be paid directly to the student ($2,500 per semester) after college enrollment is verified each semester. Scholarship awards can be renewed (for up to a total of four consecutive years of scholarship funding) as long as the recipient remains in good standing at their college. Recipients will be offered (but are not obligated to accept) a paid internship in Kitware’s NY or NC office starting the summer after HS graduation and continuing for the duration of the scholarship.