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The GCCIS ENGAgE Program provides scholarships to academically talented low income students studying in the Computing and Information Technologies, Web and Mobile Computing, Human Centered Computing, Software Engineering and Computing Security degree programs.

Program Overview

Ten incoming freshmen will be awarded $10,000 for each of the first two years of their study at RIT. The scholarships are part of a five-year National Science Foundation (NSF) funded project titled ENGAgE: ENhancing Growth-mindset Academic Experiences. Students meeting the scholarship eligibility requirements will automatically be considered for the award.

Academic Support and Career Preparation

The faculty and staff at RIT are committed to student success. The GCCIS ENGAgE program provides academic support to students through the integration of a holistic growth mindset learning approach.

  • Scholars will be paired with a faculty mentor for personal monthly meetings.
  • Scholars will participate in an online mentoring community.
  • Scholars will participate in sessions focusing on developing a growth mindset in their courses and in their careers.
  • Scholars will become part of a growth mindset learning community where they are able to come together to share experiences.
  • Students will be exposed to a growth mindset educational approach in their introductory programming courses and career preparation course before their first co-op experience.

Eligibility Information

To be eligible for the GCCIS ENGAgE Program, students must:

  • Be citizens of the United States, nationals of the United States (as defined in section 101(a) of the Immigration and Nationality Act), aliens admitted as refugees under section 207 of the Immigration and Nationality Act, or aliens lawfully admitted to the United States for permanent residence;
  • Be enrolled at least half-time in one of the following four-year bachelor of science GCCIS programs: Computing and Information Technologies, Web and Mobile Computing, Human Centered Computing, Software Engineering or Computing Security;
  • Demonstrate academic ability and potential based on acceptance into the GCCIS programs;
  • Be low-income as defined by institutional guidelines for income thresholds;
  • Demonstrate unmet financial need as defined for undergraduate students by the U. S. Department of Education rules for need-based FAFSA.

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