College of Science - CS - Alvarez/Microsoft First Generation Scholarship

This scholarship of $2,000 is for continuing Computer Science majors who are passionate about Computer Science with calculated financial need. Five scholarships, each in the amount of $2,000 will be awarded. Students who have been involved with promoting cross-cultural understanding, helping educationally disadvantaged students, or academic interest in topics such as race, gender, and multiculturalism as they intersect with traditional academic fields are encouraged to apply.

Award Period: 2022-2023


  • Full-time or half-time Computer Science major classified at Undergraduate level at the time of applying and at time of disbursement
  • Cumulative GPA AND Major GPA must be greater than or equal to 3.0
  • Good academic standing with the University
  • Demonstrate financial need (Based on 2021-2022 FAFSA/ California Dream Act Application)
  • Preference to first-generation, disadvantaged or low-income students
  • One letter of recommendation
  • Current resume
  • Students graduating in Spring 2022 are not eligible to apply
  • Answer and provide all supplemental questions after completing your general application

If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Fang Tang, Chair & Professor, at

To begin the application process, please complete your general application first then proceed to search this scholarship in the ’Opportunities’>>’Recommended’ Tab and click on APPLY

Supplemental Questions
  1. Please upload a current resume.
  2. Please upload a copy of your transcript (official or unofficial).
  3. One of the goals of the Alvarez/Microsoft Scholarship is to provide financial relief to students who are responding to challenges, issues, and events affecting disadvantaged communities. In 300 words or less, explain why you are passionate about Computer Science and how you’ve promoted inclusion, cultural awareness and or diversity in your classroom, department, college campus or community and how this scholarship will benefit you and your financial situation.
  4. One letter of recommendation is required- please enter the name and email address of the individual who will submit a letter on your behalf