Scholarship opportunities for undergraduates

Departmental scholarships

The Department of Computer Science & Engineering, through the generosity of our many donors, offers scholarships for students in our B.A. and B.S. programs.

Each spring, the department awards scholarships that recognize merit amongst its undergraduates and are also intended to enable them to participate more fully in its research and academic activities. Undergraduate students with a computer science or computer engineering major are encouraged to apply.

Scholarships for the 2020-2021 academic year have already been awarded. Watch this page for details on applying for the 2021-2022 cycle. Please note that letters of recommendations are not part of the application process and will not be accepted or reviewed as part of your application. Scholarship recipients will be notified in late April.

The following scholarships are typically awarded during the application cycle:

Bhimani Family Scholarship

$4,000 split between 2 students

Recipients shall be:

  1. Full-time (defined as registered for 12 or more credits)
  2. Undergraduate students
  3. In junior or senior year of study
  4. Enrolled in the College of Science & Engineering
  5. Studying computer science
  6. Demonstrate financial need
  7. Demonstrate academic merit (3.0 GPA minimum)
  8. Preference will be given to students who will contribute to student body diversity.

Computer Science & Engineering Scholarship

$10,000 split between 2-4 students

Recipients shall be:

  1. Full-time or approved for a 13 credit exemption by their college
  2. Undergraduate students
  3. Admitted to either the Computer Science B.A. or B.S. (pre-majors are not eligible)
  4. Demonstrate financial need
  5. Demonstrate academic merit (3.0 GPA minimum)

ExxonMobil Scholarship

$3,000 to 1 student

Recipients shall be:

  1. Full-time or approved for a 13 credit exemption by their college
  2. Undergraduate students
  3. Admitted to either the Computer Science B.A. or B.S. (pre-majors are not eligible)
  4. Demonstrate financial need

Hopper-Dean Scholarship honoring Dr. Vipin Kumar

$25,000 split between 2-4 students

Recipients shall be:

  1. Full-time (defined as registered for 12 or more credits)
  2. Undergraduate students
  3. Enrolled in the College of Science and Engineering
  4. Studying or planning to study computer science or computer engineering
  5. Demonstrate financial need
  6. Demonstrate academic merit
  7. Ideally, are involved in undergraduate research
  8. Preference will be given to students who will contribute to student body diversity

Additional information about this scholarship

Recipients of this scholarship will be referred to as the Hopper-Dean Scholars.

Jeffrey Dean and Heidi Hopper both attended the University of Minnesota as undergraduates and graduated in 1990. Heidi graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in Psychology. Jeff graduated summa cum laude with a B.S. in Computer Science and Economics. They both thoroughly enjoyed their time at the University of Minnesota and are grateful to the many great professors who taught and advised them.

This scholarship is intended to honor Dr. Vipin Kumar, who was Jeff’s undergraduate thesis advisor and introduced him to the wonders of parallel computation and large-scale computing, topics that have served Jeff well in his career. This scholarship is intended to support other students to find their own wonders in the paths of their undergraduate education and research.

Industry Affiliates Council Access Scholarship

$16,000 split between 8 students

This scholarship is funded by our Industrial Affiliates Council members: Best Buy, CH Robinson, Cat Digital, General Mills, Medtronic, Sleep Number, Target, Thomson Reuters, and Unisys.

Recipients shall be:

  1. Undergraduate students
  2. Admitted to either the Computer Science B.A. or B.S. (pre-majors are not eligible)
  3. Demonstrate financial need

Maximillian Lando Scholarship

$15,000 split between 5-10 students

Recipients shall be:

  1. Full-time or part-time
  2. Undergraduate students
  3. Enrolled in the College of Science and Engineering
  4. Admitted to the Computer Science B.S. (pre-majors are not eligible)
  5. Have not won a Lando scholarship previously

Phui Tran/Quang Tran Co-Scholarship

$3,000 for 1 student

Recipients shall be:

  1. Full-time or part-time
  2. Undergraduate students
  3. Enrolled in the College of Science and Engineering
  4. Studying computer science
  5. Demonstrate financial need
  6. Preference will be given to students who are first-generation college students.

Recipients of this scholarship will be referred to as the Tran Scholars.

Additional information this scholarship

Mr. Phui Tran was born in the southern part of Vietnam. His parents migrated to Vietnam from Canton, China. They worked very hard to start a small sausage shop to support their family of nine.

When Mr. Phui Tran was only a teenager his father passed away. Because the family was very poor, he had to quit school to help his elder brother run the shop and take care of his mother and younger brothers and sister. When his brothers completed school, they worked together to successfully build their sausage business until the end of the Vietnam civil war in 1975. The communist government took away everything from them at this time.

His children escaped the country on a small boat and arrived in a Malaysian refugee camp in 1978. The family settled in Minnesota in 1979. Mr. Phui Tran and his wife reunited with their children in 1985. They moved to California in 1990 until Mr. Tran passed away in 2012.

Mr. Phui Tran and his wife selflessly worked very hard all of their life for their family and others. His son, Luong B. Tran opened the Chinese sausage shop, Quang Tran, in Rosemead, California in 2001.

Three of his seven children received their Bachelor of Science degrees from the University of Minnesota. The Tran family values secondary education and would like others to have the opportunity to receive a degree from the University of Minnesota through their support.

Steven G. Anderson Scholarship for Computer Science & Engineering

$1,000 for 1 student

Recipients shall be:

  1. Full-time (defined as registered for 12 or more credits)
  2. Undergraduate students
  3. Enrolled in the College of Science & Engineering
  4. studying towards a degree in the area of computer science
  5. Demonstrate financial need
  6. Demonstrate academic merit
  7. Preference will be given to students who graduated from a Minneapolis public school
  8. Preference will be given to students who will contribute to student body diversity.

Target Scholarships

$35,000 split between 7 students 

Recipients shall be:

  1. Full-time or approved for a 13 credit exemption by their college
  2. Undergraduate students
  3. Admitted to either the Computer Science B.A. or B.S. (pre-majors are not eligible)
  4. Preference will be given to students who will contribute to student body diversity
  5. Preference will be given to students interested in focusing on security in their track or major electives

College and University scholarships

Students can view other scholarships outside of the department that they may be eligible for on this Scholarship search page. The University’s financial aid website contains a wealth of scholarship information as well as more general financial aid information.

For more information, contact the Office of National and International Scholarships.