Scholarships and Awards

The Department of Computer Science encourages all students meeting eligibility requirements to apply for individual scholarship opportunities.  

Leading Edge Scholarship 

This scholarship is intended for Incoming Freshmen. The minimum criteria is based on academic distinction in high school records and test scores. Students can receive up to $20,000 over four years. For more information click here. 

***Application is NOT available via Cougar Scholarship Awarding System (CSAS). Please use the link below to submit an application.***

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Elite Edge Scholarship 

This scholarship is intended for Incoming Freshmen and is tied to the Honors Aiken Fellows Society.  It is for students who are accepted into the Honors Aiken program and students can receive up to $20,000 over four years. There is no separate application for this scholarship.

Ralph Stephenson Jr. Memorial Endowed Scholarship 

This scholarship fund provides support for students pursuing a software engineering major and a foreign language or cultural studies minor, with a focus on students who demonstrate financial need and participate in a study abroad experiences. This fund was gifted by Angela Lindner ’83 and Jim Lindner to honor Angela’s brother Ralph Montalvin Stephenson Jr. ’78 and his passion for languages and travel. 

***Students wishing to be considered for privately funded scholarships must submit an application through the Cougar Scholarship Award System (CSAS), the College’s scholarship portal. Many opportunities are automatically matched to students’ applications based on specific criteria, so may not be visible in the system.***

Thomas W. Carroll Scholarship 

This scholarship, intended for Incoming Freshmen, was endowed by Hattie Carroll ’35 in honor of her father Thomas W. Carroll ‘32. Mr. Carroll was a long-standing member and business leader of the Charleston community.  He returned to the College of Charleston later in life, working on a degree in computer science before his passing in 1986. Students can receive up to $12,000 over four years. For more information click here. 

***Application available via the Cougar Scholarship Award System (CSAS).***

Robert Cushing Computing in the Arts Research Assistantship

This research assistantship is intended to support a Computing in the Arts student interested in engaging in undergraduate research with a faculty mentor. This fund is created in memory of Robert "Robbie" Mayhew Cushing who graduated with a Computer Science degree in 2004. Students can receive up to $10,000 over four years. For more information click here. 

Crosby Computer Science Endowment Award

This award is given to the highest achieving computer science students who have successfully completed CSCI 220. This endowment is named in honor of C. Richard (Dick) Crosby who started the Computer Science department in 1980. Students can receive up to $250 for this award. 

***Please note: The Department of Computer Science does not stack departmental scholarships. Students applying for Financial Need scholarships must complete their FAFSA by the priority deadline March 1.***

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