Current Student Awards
Below you will find a list of all current student awards and scholarships by department.
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
Catherine Ofiesh and Gerald Orner Award: This award established by Dr. Gerald Orner in memory of his wife Catherine Ofiesh to establish an annual award for excellence in information science
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.
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
NetApp Systems Research Award Fund: This fund provides annual award(s) to undergraduate student(s) in the Dept. of Computer Science who are pursuing research opportunities with a faculty member in the Computer Science Department.
Koeppel Family Student Fund: Supports students in the Department of Computer Science and provides support for books, lab fees, travel and other educational expenses for CS undergraduate and CS graduate students.
Orrin E. and Margaret M. Taulbee Graduate Award for Excellence in Computer Science: This award provides fellowships to students in the Ph.D. program in the Department of Computer Science. Students must be a full-time doctoral student in the Department of Computer Science, in good standing maintaining at least a 3.0; must have successfully passed the qualifying exam, been admitted to the PhD program and making significant progress toward the degree; must have completed at least 2 semesters as a TA with classroom experience, with preference given to those who evidence outstanding teaching skills; must have demonstrated strong research interests, as indicated by scholarly publications and/or conference proceedings; and a strong preference given to a doctoral student who has shown a marked interest in pursuing an academic career.
Judith Katany and Daniel Taft Endowed Scholarship Fund: This fund provides financial support for undergraduate students in the School of Computing and Information, with a preference for students in the Department of Computing Science.
Informatics and Networked Systems
H.W. Wilson Scholarship: This scholarship supports students enrolled in the LIS or IS program.
Mitchell Family Scholarship in the School of Computing and Information: To provide support for tuition & other educational expenses of undergraduate & graduate student(s) in the School. It is the hope of the Donor that the Scholarship Fund will assist the University in achieving its goal of attracting & retaining students who contribute to the diversity of the student body at the University of Pittsburgh.
Anthony Debons Scholarship: The Anthony Debons Scholarship award is presented annually to a graduate student for outstanding contributions to the MIS 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.
Barbara E. King Scholarship Award: The Barbara E. King Scholarship Award supports outstanding undergraduate or graduate students. Preference is given to students who will improve the diversity of the School’s undergraduate population.
George R. Morgan Legacy Fund: The George R. Morgan Legacy Fund supports undergraduate students in information science.
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 who contribute to the advancement of diversity in the school.
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.
PPG Industries Information Technology Scholarship: Thanks to the annual generosity of PPG Industries, two $5,000 scholarships will support BSIS students who improve the diversity of the School of Computing and Information student population. Candidates must:
- 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
- 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.
Allen Kent Scholarship Endowment: Allen Kent is a distinguished service professor emeritus at the former School of Information Sciences. The Allen Kent Scholarship Endowment award is presented annually to a student who is enrolled during the academic year in which the scholarship will be given; and through coursework and participation in the activities in the School, and the student should show academic excellence and indications of potential leadership in the profession.
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.
Telecommunications degree program
Fritz Froehlich Scholarship: The Fritz Froehlich Award is presented to a graduate student for outstanding contributions to the Telecommunications degree program.
K. Leon Montgomery Assistantship in Telecommunications: This scholarship provides support to a full-time master’s student enrolled in the MST program. Preference is given to students who achieve academic excellence through coursework, research, international focus, and leadership.
Information Culture and Data Stewardship
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), minimum QPA of 3.5; recommendations received by Cooperating Teacher Librarian or faculty member; based on recommendations, top 5 will submit their professional portfolio to Director of SLCP Program, and who are selected by a SLCP committee.
Tung-Li and Hui-Hsi Yuan Family Scholarship: This scholarship provides support for students in the MLIS and LIS PhD programs. The intent of this scholarship is to advance leadership in the field of library and information science in China, and preference is given to students of Chinese descent.
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.
The George D. Brightbill Scholarship: This scholarship will provide support for tuition and other educational expenses for Master of Library and Information Science student(s) in the School of Computing and Information.
The Dr. Joan Brest Friedberg Scholarship: The Dr. Joan Brest Friedberg Scholarship is for part-time, in-state students enrolled in the Master of Library and Information Science program. Scholarship candidates must be employed in and/or express an interest in and an ability to pursue a career in public librarianship. Students must submit a resume, an essay addressing reasons for pursuing studies in public librarianship, 3.0 GPA or higher, statement of interest, and potential to contribute to the field. 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 LIS program.
E. J. Josey Scholarship for Minorities in Library Science: In memory of E. J. Josey, professor emeritus at the former School of Information Sciences, this scholarship supports African American MLIS students in SCI. The recipient must be enrolled in the Master of Library Science Program & indicate 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 scholarship for MLIS students. 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 is to aid students who have demonstrated high academic achievements and an interest in pursuing careers in public library science.
H.W. Wilson Scholarship: This scholarship supports students enrolled in the LIS or IS program.
K. Subramanyam Scholarship for Library and Information Sciences: This scholarship is offered to a LIS student as a reward for academic excellence.
Margaret Hodges Quasi-Endowed Scholarship: In honor of the late Margaret Hodges, professor emeritus at the former School of Information Sciences, this fund provides a 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 IS program.
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.
Clair Pyle Fund: To be awarded to a female in the MLIS, PhD or certificate programs in ICDS (as funds are available through the Pittsburgh Foundation).
Blanche 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.
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.