Scholarships & Fellowships

The Bren School of ICS offers students the following competitive scholarships, fellowships and student awards. These awards are possible through the generous support of our community, industry friends, and ICS endowments. These individuals and companies, through their commitment to higher education, play an active role in the future of information technology by helping deserving and highly competent students afford a quality education. Learn more about sponsoring a scholarship or fellowship to support an ICS student's educational goal. You can also make an online gift >

The application period for scholarships has closed. Please check back in the Spring for more opportunities.

Scholarships

BOB & BARBARA KLEIST ENDOWED STUDENT AWARD IN ICS

The Bob and Barbara Kleist Endowment was established through the generous donation from Bob and Barbara Kleist themselves. This award is designated to support undergraduate students who have transferred to UCI from a community college and who are preparing for a career in the computer science field. Students must have a declared major in the Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences.

AWARDS: 2 awards of $2,500 each

SELECTION CRITERIA:

  • Transfer students only
  • Academic excellence
  • Essay required

STEVE & JENNY MIZUSAWA ENDOWED STUDENT AWARD IN ICS

The Steve and Jenny Mizusawa Student Award Endowment was established in 2005 through the generous donation from Steve and Jenny themselves. This award is designated to support undergraduate juniors and seniors preparing for a career in the computer science field. Students must have a declared major in the Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences.

AWARD: 1 award of $1,500

SELECTION CRITERIA:

  • Juniors and Seniors
  • Minimum ICS GPA of 3.0
  • Self nomination and/or faculty recommendation
  • Essay required

ACCENTURE ENDOWED OUTSTANDING JUNIOR AWARD IN ICS

The Accenture Endowed Outstanding Junior Award was established through and endowment in 1992 by Accenture to recognize and financially assist selected student recipients during their final year at UC Irvine.

AWARD: 1 award of $1,500

SELECTION CRITERIA:

  • 3.0 ICS GPA minimum
  • Graduate in the following academic year
  • 40% academic standing
  • 30% demonstrated leadership abilities
  • 30% civic and/or charitable involvement (eg. volunteerism with various charity or civic minded organizations or individuals efforts taken by the applicants)
  • Essay required

ESSIE LEV ENDOWED MEMORIAL STUDENT AWARD IN ICS

The Essie Lev Endowed Memorial Student Award was established by Sara Sandel to honor her sister and former UC Irvine academic counselor Essie Lev. The award is designated for transfer or re-entering undergraduate students with demonstrated financial need. Students must have a declared major in the Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences.

AWARDS: 2 awards of $1,250 each

SELECTION CRITERIA:

  • Transfer or re-entry students only
  • ICS majors
  • Demonstrated campus or community service
  • Essay required

JULIAN FELDMAN ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP IN ICS

The Julian Feldman Scholarship was established in 1998 by Jim Hobbs ’73 in honor of ICS Professor Emeritus Julian Feldman. The scholarship used to be funded through an annual gift made by Jim and Trinidad Hobbs. In 2006, the scholarship was turned into an Endowed Scholarship, now called, The Julian Feldman Endowed Scholarship in ICS, funded through Jim Hobbs’ annual gifts as well as gifts from ICS’ Annual Fund campaign.

AWARDS: 2 awards of $1,250 each

SELECTION CRITERIA:

  • High academic standing
  • Possess demonstrated leadership abilities
  • No essay required

KENNETH SIMMS ENDOWED MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP IN ICS

The Kenneth Simms Memorial Scholarship endowment was established in 1989 by Laguna Software to honor UCI alumnus and one of the most significant contributors to the development of the PICK Operating System, Kenneth Simms ’70.

AWARDS: 2 awards of $2,000 each

SELECTION CRITERIA:

  • Academic excellence
  • Recipient must be a U.S. citizen or a permanent resident
  • The recipient should be preparing for a profession in the field of computer science
  • The recipient is selected by the selection committe according to the guidelines
  • Demonstrated financial need
  • No essay required

SUMALEE JOHNSON TRANSFER STUDENT AWARD IN ICS

The Sumalee Johnson Transfer Student Award was established through the generous donation from ICS alumnus, Sumlalee Johnson '82. This award is designated to support undergraduate students who have transferred to UCI from a community college and who are preparing for a career in the computer science field. Students must have a declared major in the Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences.

AWARD: 1 award of $2,000

SELECTION CRITERIA:

  • Transfer students only
  • 3.2 ICS GPA minimum
  • Essay required

D.M. Haynes Award for Broadening Computer Science Graduate Education

The D.M. Haynes Award for Broadening Participation in Computer Science Graduate Education subsidizes expenses for current and former undergraduate participants of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE); Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE); and American Indian Science and Engineering Technology (AISES) for application and test fees for M.S. and Ph.D. programs in computer science fields.

Award: Up to $200 toward application and GRE fees. Up to five awards per year.

Eligibility:

  • Current and former undergraduate participants of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE); Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE); and American Indian Science and Engineering Technology (AISES).
  • Participants must be enrolled in the UC Irvine Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences.

Application:

  • Include proof of application/test registration, or arrange for direct payment of fees
  • Include one-to-two paragraphs explaining why you are eligible for this award and discuss career goals and any personal involvement with activities that promote diversity in computer science fields.

Hazel Crow Opportunity Fund for Women in Computer Science (WICS)

The Hazel Crow Opportunity Fund supports expenses for WICS members to participate in conferences that focus on computer sciences, such as the annual Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing. 

Eligibility:

  • Undergraduate and graduate Women in Computer Science members who are enrolled at the UC Irvine Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Science.
  • Full registration payment for undergraduate students; graduate students should receive 50 percent matching funds from advisors.

Application:

  • Annual endowment proceeds will be directly used for registration or WICS-sponsored expenses.
  • Include one paragraph explaining career goals and any personal involvement with activities that promote women’s advancement in computer science fields.
  • Graduate students: include financial commitment from advisor.

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Fellowships

Roberta Ellen Lamb Memorial Endowed Fellowship

The Roberta Ellen Lamb Memorial Fellowship was established through and endowment in 2007 by Bob and Mosselle Pione to honor the memory of their daughter, former ICS Associate Professor of Informatics Roberta Lamb.  Roberta passed away on November 29, 2006, after a short battle with cancer.

Awards: 1 award of $5,000 for Fall Quarter

Eligibility:

  • Open to Ph.D. students in the Department of Informatics
  • Faculty nominate students in advanced candidacy
  • Working on their dissertation.

Application:

  • Overview of Research or Dissertation Topic (1 page minimum)
  • CV or Resume
  • Letters of Recommendation

Rob Kling Memorial Endowed Fellowship

The Rob Kling Memorial Fellowship was established to honor the life and work of the late Rob Kling.  Rob Kling was Professor of Information Systems and Information Science at the School of Library and Information Science at Indiana University. He was born in August 1944 and passed away unexpectedly at 58 years of age on May 15, 2003, in Bloomington, IN. He was a visionary and institution builder, who tirelessly promoted a new area of research, Social Informatics, the interdisciplinary study of the design, uses and consequences of information and communication technologies (ICTs).

Kling was a graduate of Columbia University, and earned his MS and Ph.D. in Artificial Intelligence at Stanford University. After two years as assistant professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, he joined the Department of Information and Computer Science at UC Irvine. Kling spent more than 20 years at Irvine (1973 – 1996), where his interests shifted to studying the role of computers in society, organizations, and public policy. 

Awards: 1 award of $2,000 for Fall Quarter 

Eligibility:

  • Open to Ph.D. students in the department of informatics, with a preference for students working in the area of social informatics
  • Minimum GPA of 3.5
  • Full-time
  • Faculty nomination

Application:

  • Overview of Research or Dissertation Topic (1 page minimum)
  • CV or Resume
  • Letters of Recommendation

ICS Innovation Endowed Fellowship

The ICS Innovation Fellowship Endowed Fund was established to support the work of promising graduate students enrolled in one of ICS’ PhD degrees. Recipients will be selected based on either their potential to produce socially-relevant, innovative work or the innovative nature of their current work at ICS. The ICS Innovation Fellowship Endowed Fund was established during ICS’ 40th anniversary in honor of Julian Feldman, Fred Tonge and ICS founding faculty, and in recognition of the future potential of ICS. The fund was initially set up through a generous gift from ICS alumnus, Greg Hopwood and his wife Christine. 

Awards: 1 award of $2,000 or $2,500 for Fall Quarter

Eligibility: 

  • Open to all Ph.D. students enrolled at the Bren School with projects or research that are socially-relevant or innovative in nature
  • Incoming, continuing and advanced candidacy Ph.D. students 

Application:

  • Must submit a one (1) page abstract of an innovative project or research that you are working on

Robert L. Newcomb Memorial Endowed Graduate Award

The Robert L. Newcomb Graduate Award was established through and endowment in 2013 by Bob Newcomb. This fund will support fellowships for bright and deserving graduate students in the Statistics Department at the Bren School. Through this fund, we will perpetuate Bob’s dedication to student research and their future careers.

Awards: 1 award of $750 plus plaque for Fall Quarter

Eligibility: 

  • Open to Ph.D. students in the department of statistics
  • Statistics graduate student with the best performance on that year’s comprehensive examination.

Application:

  • Committee selection