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Congratulations to the 2017 Google Scholars!




Keith Bocian, University of Montana

Steffen Camarato, University of Central Florida

Anne Cocos, University of Pennsylvania

Calvin Evans, University of Washington

Rex Ferrer, College of Charleston

Mario Salazar, University of California - Riverside

Daniel Votipka, University of Maryland

Frances Woods, University of Nebraska – Omaha



Eight (8) scholarships in the amount of $10,000 each will be awarded to student veterans pursuing a degree in the field of computer science (as noted below). Scholarship recipients will also be invited to attend Google's 2018 Summer Annual Scholars' Retreat. The Scholars' Retreat provides an important networking opportunity for top students from all over the United States and Canada to meet with each other and with Google engineers in a personable, fun environment. 

Interested applicants are encouraged to read the below information carefully. If you meet the eligibility requirement, please click on the link at the bottom to access the application form. Complete all fields and upload the required documents as PDFs. If you have any questions regarding the application or the scholarship, please contact us here. This scholarship application will close on November 14, 2017 at noon 12:00 PM EST.


"Google’s education and scholarship programs aim to inspire and help students become future leaders in computing and technology by breaking down the barriers that prevent them from entering these fields. Partnering with Student Veterans of America allows us to support student veterans in their academic careers and beyond. Google is proud to support the veteran community through the Google SVA - Scholarship."
Sarah Safir, Specialist, Tech Student Development Programs at Google, Inc.


PLEASE NOTE: Previous recipients of the Google - SVA Scholarship are not eligible to apply.


Eligible student veterans must meet the below outlined minimum criteria.

All successful candidates must:

Be currently enrolled as an undergraduate or graduate student at an accredited four-year university for the 2017-2018 academic year

Intend to be enrolled in or accepted as a full-­time student at a university in the United States for the 2018-­2019 academic year

Maintain strong academic performance 

Be pursuing a Computer Science or Computer Engineering degree, or a degree in a closely related technical field*

Be a current student veteran (includes members of the National Guard or Reserve), as proven by a DD-214 and transcript, OR be a student on Active Duty as proven by submission of Active Duty orders and a Memorandum of Understanding from your commanding officer indicating that you are in good standing with your unit, and transcript

Have received an honorable discharge, or currently be in good standing with his/her branch of service

Related Technical Fields may include:

Software Engineering 

Electrical Engineering (with a heavy computer science course load)

Computer Engineering

Information Systems

Information Technology

Applied Networking

Systems administration

Related Technical Fields do not include:

Civil, Mechanical, or Industrial Engineering 

Required Additional Documents

Current copy of resume/CV;

Unofficial copy of current university transcripts;

Two letters of reference from a professor, adviser or supervisor
Each letter of reference must be sent by the author, signed by the author, and be on official letterhead
Letters of reference can be submitted by the author directly to SVA via the online portal (see link below) the subject should read “Google - SVA Scholarship Letter of Reference for (Provide Your Name)”
Letters of reference can also be mailed to:

Student Veterans of America

c/o Google SVA Scholarship Committee

1012 14th Street NW

Suite 1200 

Washington, D.C 20005

Responses to three (3) essay questions (compiled into one document)

DD 214 or Active Duty orders and Memorandum of Understanding from your commanding officer


Essay Questions

Please answer the following questions thoroughly, yet succinctly (300-500 words per essay question). 

1) What sparked your interest in computer science?  How did this lead you to major in computer science and what do you hope to accomplish with your degree?  In your answer, please describe how your experiences have influenced the goals you have for yourself. 

2) Please give us 1-2 examples of how you have exhibited leadership. Explain how you were influential, what you were trying to achieve, and the impact you had as a result. These need not be demonstrated through formal or traditional leadership roles. Think broadly and examine the many ways you are having an effect on the members of your technical community, your university, or your broader community.

3) Please describe the most significant computer science project or research you have worked on, how you approached key technical challenges, and what you gained from the experience.  It might have been a class assignment, a research project, or other work or volunteer experience.  If the project was team-based, specify your individual role and contributions in the project.


 The application period is closed. Thank you to all the applicants!





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