Computer Networking Scholarships
Scholarships from Colleges and Government
Scholarships for computer networking students may be found at all collegiate levels.
Certificates are common in the community and technical college arena and prepare an IT network technician to perform basic cabling, network design, basic router and switching, system monitoring and basic security.
Students who earn Bachelors and Masters degrees will likely have to specialize in networking within the realm of a larger computer science degree. And Ph.D. students will often find lucrative fellowships and assistantships in research projects focused on grid computing, advanced networking or distributed computing; all the most advanced concepts in the field of "computer networking."
Colleges and universities maintain updated lists of all their latest endowed scholarships and will readily provide you with any applicable to a networking program. Do not overlook the general scholarships awarded by nearly every institution. Unless you are very talented in your intended major, this is a more likely option for scholarship.
Brooklyn Polytechnic University sponsors post graduate assistantships and fellowships in an array of advanced IT areas. Common projects include "networking and distributed systems." These are Ph.D. Scholarships. Awards fulfill the cost for full tuition and in most cases award a stipend for auxiliary expenses.
Nashville State Community College offers the Electronic Data Systems Diversity Scholarship. Minority students and women specializing in computer networking systems may qualify for the scholarships. Qualified students must maintain at least a 3.0 GPA and be pursuing an Associates degree.
TRI-MEC Scholarships from Mississippi Gulf Coast Colleges award students majoring in a computer science program up to $1100 for each semester of studies as long as academics are maintained. Eligible majors include, among others, networking. Applicants must also have a GPA of 3.0 and demonstrate financial need.
Federal Cyber Service Scholarships are part of the Information Assurance initiative funded by the DoD, NSA and the NSF. Students enrolled in IT programs across the country; in over 50 accredited institutions; may apply for consideration. The needs are so comprehensive that IT majors in almost any area are welcome and needed, including computer networking. In all, the program will award close to 200 scholarships each academic year. With a minimum scholarship of $10,000 for undergrads and $15,000 for grads, you can see how these would be very competitive. Only the best and most motivated tech students will win these awards. There is a hitch, though: the goal of the IA program is to boost security personnel at the federal level. This is a very strategic way to do it. Offer college kids full tuition for college in exchange for work time after graduation. It's a 1-for-1 exchange.
Student Scholarships in Technical Education are available through the Utah State Education Office. Students pursuing IT programs and Networking at the technical college level may qualify:
- USOE Tuition Scholarships are open to any undergraduate students enrolled in an IT major, including networking, at a state technical college.
- CompTIA Awards go to students who are recommended by faculty members. CompTIA is one of the leading IT certification companies. The award amount is $250.
- Novell/USOE Young Network Professional Scholarship program is open to students who are enrolled in a Novell Network certification course.