Richard E. Merwin Student Scholarship in Computer Science 2016

Publish Date: Sep 27, 2016

Deadline: Sep 30, 2016

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 apply only once per year).

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 / 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)

  • The IEEE Student Branch Adviser or
  • The CS Chapter Chair (i.e. the professional chapter)
  • You can also present a second LOR (this is optional)

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

How to Apply?

Applicants should complete a cover page with the following listed: 

  • Applicant Name
  • Email Address
  • Address
  • Phone Number
  • Member Number
  • Section
  • Institution
  • Institution Address
  • Student Branch Code
  • Student Branch Chapter
  • Chapter Code
  • Chapter Advisor
  • Degree track
  • Photo(s) (of work you have done with your chapters, or other CS-related accomplishments)


Complete and email the final copy as a PDF or WORD file to Eric Berkowitz:

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