Google - SVA Scholarship: $10,000
Eight (8) scholarships in the amount of $10,000 each will be awarded to student veterans pursuing a degree in the field of computer science (as noted below). Scholarship recipients will also be invited to attend Google's 2018 Summer Annual Scholars' Retreat. The Scholars' Retreat provides an important networking opportunity for top students from all over the United States and Canada to meet with each other and with Google engineers in a personable, fun environment.
Interested applicants are encouraged to read the below information carefully. If you meet the eligibility requirement, please click on the link at the bottom to access the application form. Complete all fields and upload the required documents as PDFs. If you have any questions regarding the application or the scholarship, please contact us here.
"Google’s education and scholarship programs aim to inspire and help students become future leaders in computing and technology by breaking down the barriers that prevent them from entering these fields. Partnering with Student Veterans of America allows us to support student veterans in their academic careers and beyond. Google is proud to support the veteran community through the Google SVA - Scholarship."
Sarah Safir, Specialist, Tech Student Development Programs at Google, Inc.
PLEASE NOTE: Previous recipients of the Google - SVA Scholarship are not eligible to apply.
Eligible student veterans must meet the below outlined minimum criteria.
All successful candidates must:
Be currently enrolled as an undergraduate or graduate student at an accredited four-year university for the academic year
Intend to be enrolled in or accepted as a full-¬time student at a university in the United States for the academic year
Maintain strong academic performance
Be pursuing a Computer Science or Computer Engineering degree, or a degree in a closely related technical field*
Be a current student veteran (includes members of the National Guard or Reserve), as proven by a DD-214 and transcript, OR be a student on Active Duty as proven by submission of Active Duty orders and a Memorandum of Understanding from your commanding officer indicating that you are in good standing with your unit, and transcript
Have received an honorable discharge, or currently be in good standing with his/her branch of service
Related Technical Fields may include:
Electrical Engineering (with a heavy computer science course load)
Related Technical Fields do not include:
Civil, Mechanical, or Industrial Engineering
Required Additional Documents
Current copy of resume/CV;
Unofficial copy of current university transcripts;
One letter of reference from a professor, advisor or supervisor
You must arrange for one letter of reference to be submitted via the link provided below. All letters must be sent by the author, signed by the author, and be on official letterhead. Letters can also be mailed to:
Student Veterans of America
c/o Google SVA Scholarship Committee
1012 14th Street NW
Washington, D.C 20005
DD 214 or Active Duty orders and Memorandum of Understanding from your commanding officer
Responses to five (5) essay questions (compiled into one document)
Please answer the following questions thoroughly, yet succinctly (200-300 words per essay question).
How did you become interested in computer science, and what are your goals or aspirations when you think about pursuing a degree in this field? In your answer, please describe how your experiences have influenced the goals you have for yourself.
Please describe the most significant computer science project or research you have worked on, how you approached key technical challenges, and what you gained from the experience. It might have been a class assignment, a research project or work as an intern. If the project was team-based, specify your individual role and contributions in the project
Please give us one example of how you have exhibited leadership. Explain how you were influential, what you were trying to achieve and the impact you had as a result. These need not be demonstrated through formal or traditional leadership roles. Think broadly and examine the many ways you are having an effect on the members of your technical community, your university or your broader community.
As a Google SVA Scholar, you will have the opportunity to have an impact supporting student veterans in the field of technology. How do you view yourself as being able to contribute towards supporting veterans in tech, and what ideas do you have that the community of Google SVA scholars could do to contribute? Keep in mind that impact can happen in many ways and at different scales.
What impact would receiving this scholarship have on your education? Describe any circumstances affecting your need for a scholarship and what educational goals this scholarship will enable you to accomplish.
Congratulations to the 2017 Google Scholars!
Keith Bocian, University of Montana
Steffen Camarato, University of Central Florida
Anne Cocos, University of Pennsylvania
Calvin Evans, University of Washington
Rex Ferrer, College of Charleston
Mario Salazar, University of California - Riverside
Daniel Votipka, University of Maryland
Frances Woods, University of Nebraska – Omaha