Below you will find a list of all current student awards and scholarships by department.

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All Degree Programs

Nationality Rooms Summer Study Abroad Scholarships: The purpose of the Nationality Rooms Summer Study Abroad Scholarships is to enable Pitt undergraduate and graduate students to have an in-depth immersion in another culture for at least five weeks. It is important that applicants choose a program that will maximize their contact with the populace abroad and be accepted by the University for credit.

Office of Research funding sources: The University of Pittsburgh Office of Research have identified a variety of funding sources for students in both undergraduate and graduate programs.

Catherine Ofiesh and Gerald Orner Award: This award established by Dr. Gerald Orner in memory of his wife Catherine Ofiesh, an alumna of the former School of Information Sciences, recognizes our students who write original and innovative papers, and will be used to aid in travel to students whose papers are accepted for presentation at the annual iConference.

Graduate Only

Commonwealth Scholars Assistantship: Each year, the School receives Commonwealth Funds, which are earmarked to support graduate students from underrepresented groups who are U.S. citizens or U.S. immigrants/permanent residents. This program offers both tuition and stipend support, as part of this 10-15 hour/week assistantship. Commonwealth-supported students will assist with student recruiting, community-building events, and our diversity programs. If interested, please select “Commonwealth Funds” when completing the financial assistance portion of your application for admission.

Graduate Student Assistant (GSA) / Graduate Student Researcher (GSR) [doctoral students only]: GSAs and GSRs receive remission of half or full tuition plus a stipend for a 10 or 20-hour weekly assignment in the school. GSAs may be assigned to work with one or more faculty members or to work in the School at Pitt Labs. GSRs are assigned to work on research projects. Stipend rates are established by the University and are available here.

Teaching Assistant (TA) / Teaching Fellow (TF) [doctoral students only]: TAs receive full or partial tuition remission plus a stipend for assisting faculty with their teaching and/or research. TFs receive full tuition remission plus a stipend for teaching one course under the direct supervision of a faculty member. Stipend rates are established by the University and are available here.


Computer Science

Undergraduate

University Honors College: The University Honors College advises undergraduates, seniors, and alumni who are interested in pursuing national and international awards. These opportunities both recognize past accomplishments and give students enriching educational experiences beyond the classroom. The UHC provides guidance and support on scholarship, fellowship, and grant competitions.

  • The David C. Frederick Scholarship provides $10,000 in tuition support to three full-time undergraduate students.
  • The University Honors College (UHC) Scholarship Program provides $2,000 in tuition support to approximately forty outstanding undergraduate students each year.
  • National Scholarship Advising is available to all Pitt undergraduates and alumni. As a first step towards National Scholarship advising, attend a general information session held on Mondays at 12 PM and Tuesdays at 12 PM in the Cathedral of Learning, room 1229. All opportunities require a great deal of preparation, so START EARLY.
  • Honors College Research Opportunities
    • Fall and Spring
    • Summer

Informatics and Networked Systems

Undergraduate

Awards

Anthony Debons Scholarship: The Anthony Debons Scholarship award is presented annually to an undergraduate student for outstanding contributions to the BSIS program. Dr. Debons was a professor in the former School of Information Science and a leader in the information science field for more than forty years. Awardees are selected by an undergraduate faculty committee.

Barbara E. King Scholarship Award: The Barbara E. King Scholarship Award supports outstanding undergraduate students. Preference is given to students who will improve the diversity of the School’s undergraduate population. Awardees are nominated by an undergraduate faculty committee.

Eli Lilly IT Award: The Eli Lily IT Scholarship provides a book award to outstanding undergraduate sophomore and junior students. Awardees are selected by undergraduate faculty committee.

George R. Morgan Legacy Fund: The George R. Morgan Legacy Fund supports undergraduate students working full-time jobs. Awardees are selected by an undergraduate faculty committee.

Ida M. Flynn Memorial Award: The Ida M. Flynn Memorial Award is given to students in recognition of excellence and outstanding contributions to the BSIS Program. Awardees are selected by an undergraduate faculty committee.

Jennifer and Eric Spiegel Book Endowment Fund: The Jennifer and Eric Spiegel Book Endowment Fund supports a full-time student in the BSIS Program. Students in INFSCI 1044 are invited to submit a 500-1000 word essay about technology and communications. Awardees must have a 3.00 or higher GPA and are selected by Jennifer and Eric Spiegel.

Scholarships

PPG Industries Student Awards Program: Thanks to the annual generosity of PPG Industries, two $5,000 scholarships will support undergraduate students who improve the diversity of the School of Computing and Information student population. Candidates must:

  • Be entering SCI their junior year; and
  • Have a GPA of 3.0 or above; and
  • Be eligible to work in the United States as a Permanent Resident of U.S. Citizen; and
  • Possess strong communication skills, be self-motivated, and have a desire to learn new technologies and act as part of a team; and
  • Be aware that the PPG IT program will review eligible student scholarship recipients that are looking for a summer internship the summer before their senior year.
  • Candidates will be nominated by faculty committee, and funds will be disbursed prior to the start of each fall term.

Information Science degree program

Awards

Allen Kent Scholarship Endowment: The Allen Kent Scholarship Endowment award is presented annually to a graduate student who makes an outstanding contribution to the Information Science degree program. Allen Kent is a distinguished service professor emeritus at the former School of Information Sciences. Awardees are selected by faculty committee.

Scholarships

James G. Williams Scholarship Fund: The James G. Williams Scholarship Fund was created to honor Distinguished Professor Emeritus James G. Williams. The scholarship supports an outstanding student enrolled in the MSIS Program. Recipients are nominated by the faculty.

Scholarship for Service (SFS): [Update: SFS funding is not available for students in the School of Computing and Information at this time. Please check back on the availability of such funding for Fall 2019.] This scholarship opportunity is available only to U.S. citizens and is intended to train information professionals who will design, build, and secure the nation’s information systems. The SFS program supports students who are earning an MSIS or MST in the Security Assured Information Systems specialization. SFS provides full tuition, a stipend, conference travel support, and a paid summer internship to qualified applicants. Graduates will work for a U.S. governmental agency for up to two years after successfully completing this program of study.

Telecommunications degree program

Scholarships

Fritz Froehlich Scholarship: The Fritz Froehlich Award is presented to a student for outstanding contributions to the graduate Telecommunications degree program. Recipients are nominated by the faculty. The award is presented annually at spring graduation.

K. Leon Montgomery Assistantship in Telecommunications: This scholarship provides support to a full-time student enrolled in the MST program. Preference is given to students who achieve academic excellence through coursework, research, international focus, and leadership.

Scholarship for Service (SFS): [Update: SFS funding is not available for students in the School of Computing and Information at this time. Please check back on the availability of such funding for Fall 2019.] This scholarship opportunity is available only to U.S. citizens and is intended to train information professionals who will design, build, and secure the nation’s information systems. The SFS program supports students who are earning an MSIS or MST in the Security Assured Information Systems specialization. SFS provides full tuition, a stipend, conference travel support, and a paid summer internship to qualified applicants. Graduates will work for a U.S. governmental agency for up to two years after successfully completing this program of study.


Information Culture and Data Stewardship

Awards

Beta Phi Mu Pi Chapter (BPM-Pi) Award for Scholarly Achievement: Each year, BPM-Pi makes available a scholarship for up to three graduate students currently enrolled in the Library and Information Science program whose achievement in their selected area of study is judged outstanding by the BPM-Pi Chapter officers and/or faculty recommendation.

Lancour, Immroth, Brewster Endowment Fund: This award recognizes a LIS student whose achievement in the field of international and comparative studies is judged outstanding by the dean and/or faculty committee. Awards may cover supplies, travel, and books.

Margaret Mary Corbett Memorial Award: This award is offered to the student presenting the best LIS dissertation proposal. The Fund was established by friends, graduates, colleagues, and relatives in memory of Margaret “Peg” Corbett.

Sarah C. Cohen Endowment for School Library Practicum Experience: In honor of his late wife, Sara Cohen (MLIS ’95), Ed Cohen established this endowment to provide awards to outstanding students in the School Library Certification Program (SLCP). Awards are granted to students who complete the School Library Practicum Experience (LIS 2922), and who are selected by a SLCP committee.

School Library Certification Program (SLCP) Award: The SLCP Award is given to students nominated by LIS SLCP faculty who exemplify academic excellence and professional promise as school librarians. Awardees are selected by a faculty committee.

Tung-Li and Hui-Hsi Yuan Family Scholarship: This scholarship provides support for students in the MLIS and LIS PhD programs, and is awarded by the LIS program chair. The intent of this scholarship is to advance leadership in the field of library and information science in China.

Scholarships

Alumni Anniversary Fellowship of the Carnegie Library School Fund: This fund was established in 1927 from the alumni of Carnegie Library School. This fund provides scholarship grants to the students in the Library and Information Science Program.

Bertha G. Louik Endowed Scholarship: This scholarship supports students enrolled in the LIS program. Awardees are selected by faculty committee.

The Dr. Joan Brest Friedberg Scholarship: The Dr. Joan Brest Friedberg Scholarship provides support to a part-time, in-state student enrolled in the MLIS program. The scholarship was established to honor Dr. Joan Brest Friedberg, co-founder of Beginning with Books.

E. Blanche Woolls Endowed Scholarship for Library Scholars: This fund supports a full or partial scholarship for students enrolled in the doctoral program. Awardees are selected by faculty committee.

E. J. Josey Scholarship for Minorities in Library Science: In memory of E. J. Josey, professor emeritus at SIS, this scholarship supports an MLIS student who shows potential for academic excellence and leadership in the profession. Dr. Josey was a pioneer in the field of library and information science, working tirelessly to integrate libraries and the library workforce.

Elva S. Smith Endowed Scholarship: The Elva S. Smith Scholarship is a full-tuition scholarship that covers three terms of study leading to the MLIS degree. It is awarded to an individual who exhibits potential for contributing to children & young adult services in a public library.

Frank B. and Anne J. Sessa Scholarship: This endowed scholarship supports MLIS students who are interested in working in public libraries, and is awarded by a faculty committee.

H.W. Wilson Scholarship: This scholarship supports students enrolled in the LIS program. Awardees are selected by faculty committee.

K. Subramanyam Scholarship for Library and Information Sciences: This scholarship is offered to a LIS student as a reward for academic excellence. Awardees are selected by faculty committee.

Margaret Hodges Quasi-Endowed Scholarship: In honor of the late Margaret Hodges, professor emeritus at SIS, this fund provides a one-time scholarship for a MLIS student who is pursuing a career in children’s librarianship.

Martha P. and Joseph Lang Jr. Fund: This scholarship supports students enrolled in the LIS program. Awardees are selected by faculty committee.

Nina C. Brotherton Scholarship: The Brotherton Scholarship was established by the Carnegie Library School Class of 1925 to provide financial assistance to students in the LIS program. Awardees are selected by faculty committee.

Clair Pyle Fund: To be awarded to a female in the MLIS, PhD or certificate programs in ICDS (as funds are available)

Blance Calistri McManus Scholarship Fund: To provide support for tuition and other educational expenses for graduate student(s) in the School of Computing and Information with a preference for students pursuing an LIS degree.

Fellowships

Diversity Librarian Fellowship and Residency Program [master’s students only]: This program offers minority candidates an opportunity to pursue the Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) degree while gaining valuable, hands-on experience in a large academic library system. The goal of this two-year program is to increase the number of underrepresented racial/ethnic minorities within academic librarianship by providing the graduate education and the practical experience critical for successful entrance into the profession.