Student Veterans of America and Raytheon recognize the tremendous potential that student veterans have to fill the critical skills gap in the United States and usher in a new generation of technological advancements. In order to fuel this growth Student Veterans of America and Raytheon have partnered to provide five $10,000 scholarships to student veterans pursuing engineering degrees or a degree in a closely-related field.
The 2017 Raytheon - SVA Scholarship application will remain open until November 6, 2017 at noon 12:00 PM EST. Student veterans must complete an online application, answer two essay questions, attach the required documents, and have one letter of reference be submitted prior to the deadline to be considered.
All successful candidates must:
Be entering their sophomore, junior or senior year of undergraduate study, or be enrolled in a graduate program for the 2017-2018 academic year
Be attending full-time at an accredited four-year university in the United States
Be pursuing an engineering degree or a degree in a closely related field, as listed below
Demonstrate a commitment to and passion for their chosen field of study
Demonstrate leadership and engagement in their community
Be a current student veteran, as proven by a DD 214 and transcript
Have received an honorable discharge, or be in good standing with his/her branch of service
Closely related fields include:
Software Engineering / Computer Science / IT
Cyber Security / Network Security
Please provide answers to the following two essay questions in one document using a maximum of 300-500 words per essay. Your Microsoft Word document should include your name and clearly specify each answer by number.
1. What sparked your interest in your chosen field of study? What do you hope to accomplish with your degree? In your answer, please describe how your experiences have influenced the goals you have for yourself.
2. Please provide 1-2 examples of how you have demonstrated leadership. Explain how you were influential and what you were trying to achieve. These need not be demonstrated through formal or traditional leadership roles. Think broadly and examine the many ways you are having an effect on the members of your technical community, your chapter, your university, or your broader community.
Letter of Reference
You must arrange for one letter of reference to be submitted via the link provided below. All letters must be sent by the author, signed by the author, and be on official letterhead. Letters can also be mailed to:
Student Veterans of America c/o
Raytheon-SVA Scholarship Committee
1012 14th Street NW, Suite 1200,
Washington D.C. 20005
Current Resume or Curriculum Vitae (CV)
Unofficial copy of current university transcript updated for the most recently completed semester
One letter of reference from a professor, adviser or supervisor
Responses to the 2 essay questions
DD 214, Certificate of Discharge
Should you have any questions, or experience any problems, please submit a contact form so an SVA team member may help you, or give us a call at (202) 223-4710.
Eight (8) scholarships in the amount of $10,000 each will be awarded to student veterans pursuing a degree in the field of computer science (as noted below). Scholarship recipients will also be invited to attend Google's 2018 Summer Annual Scholars' Retreat. The Scholars' Retreat provides an important networking opportunity for top students from all over the United States and Canada to meet with each other and with Google engineers in a personable, fun environment.
Interested applicants are encouraged to read the below information carefully. If you meet the eligibility requirement, please click on the link at the bottom to access the application form. Complete all fields and upload the required documents as PDFs. If you have any questions regarding the application or the scholarship, please contact ushere. This scholarship application will close on November 14, 2017 at noon 12:00 PM EST.
"Google’s education and scholarship programs aim to inspire and help students become future leaders in computing and technology by breaking down the barriers that prevent them from entering these fields. Partnering with Student Veterans of America allows us to support student veterans in their academic careers and beyond. Google is proud to support the veteran community through the Google SVA - Scholarship."
Sarah Safir, Specialist, Tech Student Development Programs at Google, Inc.
PLEASE NOTE: Previous recipients of the Google - SVA Scholarship are noteligible to apply.
Eligible student veterans must meet the below outlined minimum criteria.
All successful candidates must:
Be currently enrolled as an undergraduate or graduate student at an accredited four-year university for the 2017-2018 academic year
Intend to be enrolled in or accepted as a full-time student at a university in the United States for the 2018-2019 academic year
Maintain strong academic performance
Be pursuing a Computer Science or Computer Engineering degree, or a degree in a closely related technical field*
Be a current student veteran (includes members of the National Guard or Reserve), as proven by a DD-214 and transcript, OR be a student on Active Duty as proven by submission of Active Duty orders and a Memorandum of Understanding from your commanding officer indicating that you are in good standing with your unit, and transcript
Have received an honorable discharge, or currently be in good standing with his/her branch of service
*Related Technical Fields may include:
Electrical Engineering (with a heavy computer science course load)
*Related Technical Fields do not include:
Civil, Mechanical, or Industrial Engineering
Required Additional Documents
Current copy of resume/CV;
Unofficial copy of current university transcripts;
Two letters of reference from a professor, adviser or supervisor
Each letter of reference must be sent by the author, signed by the author, and be on official letterhead
Letters of reference can be submitted by the author directly to SVA via the online portal (see link below) the subject should read “Google - SVA Scholarship Letter of Reference for (Provide Your Name)”
Letters of reference can also be mailed to:
Student Veterans of America
c/o Google SVA Scholarship Committee
1012 14th Street NW
Washington, D.C 20005
Responses to three (3) essay questions (compiled into one document)
DD 214 or Active Duty orders and Memorandum of Understanding from your commanding officer
Please answer the following questions thoroughly, yet succinctly (300-500 words per essay question).
1) What sparked your interest in computer science? How did this lead you to major in computer science and what do you hope to accomplish with your degree? In your answer, please describe how your experiences have influenced the goals you have for yourself.
2) Please give us 1-2 examples of how you have exhibited leadership. Explain how you were influential, what you were trying to achieve, and the impact you had as a result. These need not be demonstrated through formal or traditional leadership roles. Think broadly and examine the many ways you are having an effect on the members of your technical community, your university, or your broader community.
3) Please describe the most significant computer science project or research you have worked on, how you approached key technical challenges, and what you gained from the experience. It might have been a class assignment, a research project, or other work or volunteer experience. If the project was team-based, specify your individual role and contributions in the project.