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College of Engineering and Computing

Undergraduate Scholarships

Separate Application Scholarships for Current and Transfer Students

There are a few scholarships that require a separate application process. Many of these scholarships are available because of the generous donations of CEC supporters – both individual and corporate.

John H. Fain Scholarship for Current Students

This scholarship provides an incentive for upper level Computer Information Systems and Computer Science majors to become entrepreneurs. Fain scholars may receive up to a total of $5,000. 

Eligibility Requirements:

  • The scholarship is for undergraduate students majoring in Computer Science or Computer Information Systems.
  • Students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0.
  • Students must have completed the lower division requirements for their degree with a minimum 3.0 GPA.
  • Students must plan to pursue the appropriate program of study (see below).
  • Students must maintain a major and cumulative GPA of 3.0 and make satisfactory progress towards the appropriate program of study to remain eligible.

Computer Information Systems (CIS) students accepted into the Fain Scholarship program are required to complete the Business Information Management (BIM) minor plus an additional course.  CIS students should choose their two BIM electives from MKTG 350, MGMT 492, and either (ECON 311 or ECON 379).  The CIS student must then complete the course not taken as a BIM elective.  That is, CIS students must complete the BIM minor plus one more course to ensure they take MKGT 350, MGMT 472, and either (ECON 311 or ECON 379).

Computer Science students that are accepted into the Fain Scholarship program are required to complete the following courses related to business and entrepreneurship:

  • Accounting Requirement: ACCT 222 - Introduction to Accounting
  • Entrepreneurship Application Area Requirement: MKTG 350 - Principles of Marketing, MGMT 371 - Principles of Management, and MGMT 472 - Entrepreneurship and Small Business
  • Economics Requirement: ECON 224 - Survey of Economics and either ECON 301 - Money and Banking, ECON 311 - Issues in Economics, or ECON 379 - Governmental Policy towards Business.

Upper division Computer Information Systems and Computer Science majors who want to be considered for a Fain Scholarship must complete and submit the Fain scholarship application by June 1. The Computer Science and Engineering Department expects to notify applicants by email of scholarship offers by the middle of May. Email questions regarding the application form  to CEC Scholarship Chair, Matt Thatcher at

National Fellowships and Scholar Programs

The USC National Fellowships and Scholar Programs (NFSP) exists to support students in investigating and applying for national fellowships—merit-based, nationally-competitive competitions that offer students funding from outside the University of South Carolina.

There are many competitions that are appropriate for Engineering and Computing students, such as the Goldwater Scholarship, the Department of Defense’s Science, Math, and Research for Transformation Scholarship, and National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates to name a few. The NFSP offers workshops and one-on-one advising throughout the semester. Visit the NFSP website for more details on how to get started.

Columbia Sailing Club Scholarship

This scholarship is available to incoming CEC freshmen or rising sophomores who have an interest in sailing. Preference is given to students with above-average ACT/SAT scores or USC GPA.

To apply, submit a one to two-page short essay to CEC Student Services at, describing your past and future interests in sailing and how you may wish to integrate competitive or recreational sailing into your life as a student and/or how you might promote the sport of sailing among your peers at USC. Deadline for submission is March 15.

Boeing Scholarships Spring 2024

For the Spring 2024 semester Boeing funded several one-time scholarships to $1,500 for undergraduate students in the College of Engineering and Computing that are members in certain student organizations – SWE, NSBE, SHPE, MiC or Underrepresented Minority Electrical Engineering Students. Through these scholarships, students will be offered potential mentoring and engagement opportunities.  

Scholarship Eligibility:

  • Must have completed at least 1 full semester at USC. 
  • Must be an active member of one of the identified student organizations (SWE, NSBE, SHPE, MiC or underrepresented minority electrical engineering student). 
  • Must be a currently enrolled student making satisfactory progress towards an undergraduate degree in the College of Engineering and Computing. 
  • Recipients must be enrolled for the Spring 2024 semester, and able to utilize the scholarship towards tuition for the Spring 2024 semester. 

Scholarship Criteria:  Award selection will be based on a student’s…

  • Academic merit  
  • Interest in having engagement opportunities with Boeing 
  • Involvement in their respective student organization 

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VICEROY Decree Virtual Institute Scholarship Program 2024

The University of South Carolina is seeking applications from current undergraduate students to join our VICEROY DECREE scholars. VICEROY Institute scholars will receive a scholarship of up to $10,000 to participate in a virtual curriculum focused on cybersecurity, electromagnetic spectrum operations, data science, cryptography, and strategic foreign languages offered by a consortium of five institutions. Scholars will be eligible to take virtual, credit-bearing coursework from consortium institutions, have access to mentoring programs, as well as access to DoD-related internships, co-ops, and post-graduation employment opportunities. Scholars will be required to complete 8-10 credits within the VICEROY DECREE designated curriculum by the end of the spring 2025 semester, with at least one-third of credits taken outside of USC.


  • Be enrolled in Integrated Information Technology, Computer Science, Cyber Intelligence, Computer Engineering, Data Science, or Viceroy related fields
  • Be security clearance eligible
  • Intend to pursue employment within DoD or the defense industry
  • Be able and willing to complete the program requirements by June 2025

Application Components:

  • Letter of Recommendation from a Professor, Supervisor, or Commander that can speak to your skills and potential in DoD-related cybersecurity and electromagnetic spectrum operations
  • Two short essay responses
  • Resume that includes any academic honors, awards, community service activities, athletics, military/ROTC service, extracurricular activities, and/or leadership positions held, if applicable.
  • Transcript (unofficial is acceptable)
  • Signed and dated application form

For questions, please contact the undergraduate director in the deaprtment of Integrated Information Technology.

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