Richard E. Merwin Student Scholarship

IEEE Computer Society is offering $40,000 in student scholarships from $1,000 and up to recognize and reward active student volunteer leaders in student branches or chapters who show promise in their academic and professional efforts.

This scholarship was created in honor of the late Richard E. Merwin, past president of the IEEE Computer Society, to recognize and reward student leadership. The selected winners of this award will have the opportunity to serve as IEEE Computer Society Student Ambassadors for the particular IEEE region to which they belong. Duties as Student Ambassadors will include collecting and disseminating information to student branches or chapters in their region and serving as a liaison between the IEEE Computer Society Member and Geographic Activities Board (MGAB) and student members in their region. Over a dozen scholarships of $1,000 and up are available, for one academic year (approximately 9 months). The Merwin Scholarship now has two application deadlines; 30 April and 30 September of each year (you may only apply once per year). The current deadline for application submissions: 30 April 2014

Who is Eligible?

Graduate students, and those in the final two years of an undergraduate program in electrical or computer engineering, computer science, or a well-defined computer related field of engineering who are active members of a student branch or chapter are eligible.  IEEE Computer Society membership is required.  (Note: Students applying for the award should have a minimum one year in which to complete their degree, or be considering or enrolled to immediately start further study upon completion.)

Applicants are required to have a minimum grade point average of 2.5 over 4.0 (or exam marks of at least 60%), and be a full-time student as defined by his or her academic institution during the course of the award. Student winners of the Computer Society's Richard Merwin or UPE/CS award for the previous year (13 months) are not eligible.

Evaluation criteria include participation in student IEEE branch/chapter activities (30%), academic achievement (30%), extracurricular activities (10%), letter of recommendation from student branch/chapter advisor (20%), and quality of Student Ambassador vision statement (10%).

How to Apply?

Complete the application guidlines below and submit it, along with a simple text file of your entry to:

Name of the scholarship or award for which you are applying

  1. Cover page including: name of the scholarship or award for which you are applying, your full name, your permanent contact information (including mailing address, phone number, and email address), Computer Society Member Number (only Computer Society members are eligible - current IEEE students can add Computer Society Membership for US$8.00 in the U.S. and Canada, and US$13.00 Rest of World.), name and address of academic institution, name of your Branch or Chapter Advisor

  2. Participation in student branch or chapter activities

  3. Academic achievement: school transcript showing either cumulative Grade Point Average or exam marks

  4. List of academic scholarships, awards, prizes, etc. (not copies of the items - just a list)

  5. Non-IEEE extracurricular activities while in college or university

  6. Declaration that the student intends to continue his or her studies on a full-time basis

  7. Declaration that the application - except for the transcript and the letter(s) of recommendation -- represents the student's own work, and is fully accurate to the best of the student's knowledge

  8. Include a one-page summary of how you envision your role as a Student Ambassador serving as liaison between the IEEE Computer Society Member and Geographic Activities Board and student members in your region

  9. Letter of recommendation from branch/chapter advisor

!!!  Total application should not exceed 10 pages plus cover page, transcript, and letter of recomendation   !!!