Microsoft awards tuition scholarships and conference scholarships each year to encourage students to pursue studies in Computer Science and related STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) disciplines. Recipients for both scholarships will be awarded in recognition of their demonstrated passion for technology, academic excellence, and leadership while working to push the software industry forward.
Diversity at Microsoft
We strongly encourage underrepresented groups to pursue STEM fields of study because we greatly value a broad range of perspectives and contributions. We are especially committed to offering scholarships to those individuals from backgrounds that may historically have been underrepresented in the technical field. We prioritize scholarship applications that demonstrate exceptional leadership work in the promotion of diversity in STEM disciplines at their university.
Application Period: Oct 6, 2016 – Jan 27, 2017
- You must be enrolled full time in a bachelor’s degree program at a four-year college or university in the United States, Canada, or Mexico at the time the application is submitted
- The scholarship is open to students pursuing Computer Science, Computer Engineering, or a related STEM degree
- Maintain a 3.0 cumulative grade point average out of a possible 4.0, or a 4.0 cumulative grade point average out of a possible 5.0
- Recipients receive partial tuition covered for one academic year as posted by the financial aid office at your college or university
- Microsoft will make a one-time payment to the designated school, and amounts are not transferable to other academic institutions
- You may use the funds for tuition only – not for other costs listed on your bursar bill, such as room and board
Diversity Conference scholarship
Application Period: March 2, 2017 – May 5, 2017
Applicants must be enrolled full time in a Bachelors, Masters, or PhD program at a four-year college or university in the United States, Canada, or Mexico at the time the application is submitted
The scholarship is open to students pursuing Computer Science, Computer Engineering, or a related STEM field
- Recipients receive paid registration to one of the following diversity conferences
- Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing (Oct 4 – 6, 2017 in Orlando, FL)
- National Society of Black Engineers Conference (Mar 21 – 23, 2018 in Pittsburg, PA)
- Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers Conference (Nov 1 – 4, 2017 in Kansas City, MO)
- Tapia Conference (Sept 20 – 23, 2017 in Atlanta, GA)
- Travel, hotel, and meal stipend in the amount of $1,200 USD
- These funds are not transferable to other individuals
Frequently asked questions
Can high school or community college students apply for either scholarship?
Scholarships are available to students who are currently enrolled at a four-year college or university.
What if I’m a high school senior who has been accepted to a four-year college or university?
Your application will not be considered. In order to be eligible, you must be enrolled full time at a four-year college or university in the United States, Canada, or Mexico at the time the application is submitted.
I’m studying at a school outside of the United States, Canada, or Mexico. Am I eligible to apply?
No, you must be attending a college or university in the United States, Canada, or Mexico in order to be eligible. We do hope to expand our scholarship program in the near future, and encourage you to reach out to your recruiter to express your interest. Check out the Find your recruiter section if you don’t already know who that is.
Can international students apply for scholarships?
Yes, as long as you are currently enrolled at a four-year college or university in the United States, Canada, or Mexico, and meet our other criteria for scholarship eligibility as described above.
If I want to have my status as an underrepresented minority considered, where do I indicate that in my application?
Both scholarship applications contain an optional field where you can indicate this information.