Richard E. Merwin Student Scholarship
The Merwin Scholarship now has two application deadlines: 30 April and 30 September of each year, with awards of $1,000 and up.

Nomination Deadline:

30 April and 30 September (The Fall 2020 deadline has been extended to October 15)

IEEE Computer Society is offering $36,000 in student scholarships, of $1,000, 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 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 apply only once per year).


Who is Eligible?

Undergraduate and graduate students 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. Undergraduate students must be in the final two years of an undergraduate program.

IEEE Computer Society membership for at least three (3) months prior to the application deadline 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 / 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%).


For your transcripts, your minimum GPA requirement is 2.5 / 4.0. If your GPA is based on percentages and NOT a 4.0 grading scale, you must include mark sheets to notate how your GPA is calculated

  • Additionally, your transcripts should be of your entire current degree track (Juniors and Seniors should include first two years of grades; Masters and PhD should include current track)
  • Upon acceptance you will have to provide a Letter of Full-time Enrollment certificate for duration of Ambassador tenure with school seal on certificate


Letter of Recommendation(s)

Students wishing to apply for a Merwin Scholarship should normally get a letter from their Student Branch Chapter Adviser or Student Branch Counselor. If this is not feasible they can substitute a letter from the Section Computer Society Chapter Chair. The option of a letter from the Section Computer Society Chapter Chair is intended to allow a letter of support in cases where a student’s activities occur outside their Student Chapter, for example Graduate Student Members whose primary volunteering is serving on the Section Chapter committee. These letters should come from the faculty advisors associated with the student branch or chapter; officers of any associated professional chapter or section should not be involved in vetting, reviewing or approving these references. Students may also submit a 2nd letter of reference, which may come from anyone else familiar with your efforts in an IEEE context. If you have questions about this or other aspects of the application process you can submit a query to


Things Not to Include:

  • Examples of Flyers or Posters from chapter activities etc.
  • High School Transcripts
  • Your CV
  • Anything not related to the application requirements


Past Recipients