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Scholarship program


Microsoft awards college tuition scholarships each year to encourage students to pursue studies in Computer Science and related STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) disciplines. Recipients will be awarded in recognition of their demonstrated passion for technology, academic excellence and leadership while working to push the software industry forward.

We strongly encourage underrepresented groups to pursue STEM fields of study. Because we greatly value a broad range of perspectives and contributions, a large majority of our scholarships will be awarded to female students, underrepresented minority students (African-American, Hispanic/Latino or Native American etc.) or students with disabilities. We will review all applications and select final candidates on the holistic basis of eligibility, quality of application, demonstrated passion for STEM, commitment to leadership and financial need.

Conference scholarships

In addition to STEM tuition scholarships, Microsoft enables students to participate in technical conferences like Grace Hopper, SHPE, NSBE and others. A conference scholarship grant covers the cost of conference registration and a lump sum amount towards travel, hotel and other related expenses.

Students are selected based on their exceptional leadership work in the promotion of diversity in STEM disciplines at their university. Students must be enrolled full-time in a bachelor’s, master’s, or PhD program at a 4-year college or university in North America at the time the application is submitted. The scholarship is open to students pursuing Computer Science, Computer Engineering, or a related STEM degree.

Applications are now closed for the 2016 conference scholarship. Please check back in January 2017 when we begin accepting applications for the 2017 season.

Frequently asked questions

The following are questions most often asked by our scholarship applicants. If you don’t find an answer to your question here send us email.

What if the link to the survey in step 2 doesn’t work?

Try refreshing your browser and entering the link again. If it still doesn’t work, send us email so we can fix it right away.

Can high school, community college, or graduate students apply for these scholarships?

No. Scholarships are available only for students who are currently enrolled in a four-year undergraduate bachelor’s degree program.

I’m studying at a school outside of the United States, Mexico and Canada. Am I eligible to apply?

No. You must be attending a school in North America in order to be eligible for our scholarship program. We do hope to expand our program in the near future.

Can international students apply for scholarships?

As long as you are currently enrolled at a four-year program at an institution in US, Mexico or Canada and meet our other criteria for scholarship eligibility, you can apply regardless of your citizenship.

If I want to have my status as an underrepresented minority considered, where do I indicate that in my application?

You will find an optional field for this on our survey, so that you can indicate it if you wish.

Do I need to send a transcript?

If you are chosen as a recipient of a scholarship, we will request a transcript of you at that time.



  • Basic eligibility (see below under "eligibility")
  • A demonstrated record of academic achievement/excellence
  • Demonstrated passion for the software industry
  • Commitment to leadership
  • Financial need


As a recipient of one of our scholarships, you’ll be able to have full or partial tuition covered for one academic year. Full tuition scholarships will cover tuition for the academic year as posted by the financial aid office at your college or university. Microsoft will make payments 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.

All applicants are required to apply for a Microsoft internship and, if offered, must accept and complete the internship. Microsoft reserves the right not to offer an internship position to the scholarship recipient if an appropriate match cannot be found.


To be eligible, 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 you submit the application.
  • Show satisfactory progress toward an undergraduate degree in computer science, computer engineering or a related technical discipline such as electrical engineering, math, or physics.
  • Be able to demonstrate an interest in computer science. Because the scholarship is merit-based, you must 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. Chosen recipients will be asked to provide a copy of their official transcript.

Diversity at Microsoft

We encourage student populations currently underrepresented in the field of computer science to pursue technical degrees. All candidates who meet the criteria for eligibility described above may apply. We are especially committed to offering tuition assistance to those individuals from backgrounds that may historically have been underrepresented in the technical field, such as women, racial and ethnic minorities, and persons with disabilities.


Applications are now closed for the 2016 Scholarship Program season. Please check back in October 2016 when we begin accepting applications for the 2017 season.

If you are interested in learning more, check out our program opportunities here!

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