College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Computer Science & Software Engineering

NSF Scholarship Application

What is this scholarship?

Butler University was awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation to assist continuing students majoring in computer science or software engineering.

The award is for one year, but can be renewed, and you can continue to renew until the grant expires. We have enough money to award approximately 15 scholarships a year.

The purpose of these awards is to enable you to spend more time on your studies so that your grades improve and you learn more, and to become more involved in department activities like the ACM student chapter and the department seminar series.

How do I apply?

You must be invited by the department to apply, because only those students categorized as "financially needy" by the Financial Aid Office (using federal guidelines) can receive the award.

To apply, submit the following information:

  • An essay (1/2 to 1 page in length, hard copy). Describe your academic and career goals and how this scholarship money will help you to achieve those goals. Turn this in to Lori Moore in FB142.
  • Two recommendation letters (these can be from faculty or non-faculty, and can be submitted via e-mail to Lori Moore (lamoore). The letter should address the applicant's character and academic potential and achievements. Indicate on your essay who your two references are. Have the references submit their letters directly to the department.

The application deadline will be given with your invitation to apply. You will be invited to apply for renewal as well.

To apply for renewal, you need only one recommendation letter, the essay should explain how the scholarship has helped you with your studies, you must be participating in EPICS (CS282,3 CS382,3, or CS482,3), and you must be a student member of either ACM or the IEEE Computer Society.

What are the award criteria?

A department committee, together with a representative from the Financial Aid office will decide who receives the award using the following criteria:

  • Must be a CS or SE major.
  • Must be a full time student making progress towards the degree (that is, taking courses required of the major).
  • Being active in the student ACM chapter and in department activities helps your case.
  • We will look at ACT/SAT scores and your Butler transcripts.

If you have additional questions, ask one of the department faculty members.