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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. Scholarship recipients will also be invited to attend the Google Scholars' Retreat in 2020. 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 requirements, 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 closed on Thursday, December 5, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. PT.


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 "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 2019-2020 academic year

• Intend to be enrolled in or accepted as a full-time student at an accredited four-year university in the United States for the 2020-2021 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;
• One letter of reference from a professor, advisor or supervisor. You must arrange for one letter of reference to be submitted via the link provided below. All letters must be sent by the author, signed by the author, and be on official letterhead. Letters 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 


Click to upload a letter of recommendation 


• DD 214 or Active Duty orders and Memorandum of Understanding from your commanding officer
• Responses to four (4) essay questions (compiled into one document)


Essay Questions
Please answer the following questions thoroughly, yet succinctly (200-300 words per essay question).


  • How did you become interested in computer science, and what are your goals or aspirations when you think about pursuing a degree in this field? In your answer, please describe how your experiences have influenced the goals you have for yourself.


  • Please give us one example 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.


  • What is a significant challenge that you believe student veterans in the field of technology face and how do you see yourself as being part of the solution(s) to this challenge? Keep in mind that impact can happen in many ways and at different scales. 


  • What impact would receiving this scholarship have on your education? Describe any circumstances affecting your need for a scholarship and what educational goals this scholarship will enable you to accomplish



Application Closed.

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