Generation Google Scholarship

Financial support and community building for underrepresented groups in tech

  • Overview


    The Generation Google Scholarship was established to help aspiring computer scientists excel in technology and become leaders in the field. Selected students will receive 10,000 USD (for those studying in the US) or 5,000 CAD (for those studying in Canada) for the 2020-2021 school year. Scholarships will be awarded based on the strength of each candidate's impact on diversity, demonstrated leadership, and academic background. The program is open to qualified students who meet all the minimum qualifications and we strongly encourage people who identify as part of historically underrepresented groups, including Black/African American, Hispanic/Latinx, American Indian, or Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, to apply. As part of the scholarship, current undergraduate or graduate students will be invited to attend the Google Scholars’ Retreat in the summer of 2020.

    Who can apply?

    To be eligible to apply, applicants must:

    • Have a high school degree or equivalent, unless you are currently a high school senior applying to university
    • Be currently enrolled as an undergraduate or graduate student at a university for the 2019-20 academic year OR currently enrolled as a high school senior intending to enroll at a university in the United States or Canada for the 2020-2021 academic year
    • Intend to be enrolled in or accepted as a full-time student in a Bachelors, Masters, or PhD program at an accredited university in the United States or Canada for the 2020-2021 academic year
    • Be studying computer science, computer engineering, or a closely related technical field
    • Demonstrate a strong academic record
    • Exemplify leadership and demonstrate a passion for improving representation of underrepresented groups in computer science and technology
  • Application process

    Application process

    You will be asked to complete an online application which includes:

    • General background information (e.g. contact information and details about your current and intended universities)
    • Resume/CV
    • Academic transcripts from your current and prior institutions (if you have earned a prior degree)
    • One letter of reference from a professor, instructor, adviser or supervisor
    • Responses to four short answer essay questions
    • Recipients will be selected based on the overall strength of their essays and application materials compared to the entire applicant pool or respective peers (e.g. high school students compared to other high school students).

    IMPORTANT: Before starting the application, please have the following ready for upload:

    • PDF copy of your resume
    • PDF copy of your current transcript (unofficial is acceptable)
    • PDF copy of your short answer responses

    Application deadline: December 5, 2019 at 11:59 PM PST

  • Terms and conditions

    Terms and conditions

    The Generation Google Scholarship award must be spent on tuition, fees, books, supplies and equipment required for the students' classes at their primary university. Scholarship recipients must be enrolled as full time students for the 2020-2021 academic year. Enrollment will be verified after the winners are selected, and all scholarship payments will be made directly to the student to be used towards tuition and education-related expenses. We will withhold the award for any scholar who no longer meets the eligibility requirements and revoke the award for any scholar who does not maintain the eligibility requirements. Selected recipients will receive instructions from Google on how to receive the award. Failure to complete these steps by the specified deadline will disqualify recipients from receiving the award. Recipients may defer their award for up to one (1) year from the time of originally planned payment on a case by case basis as determined by Google. Google employees are not eligible to apply for Google scholarships. Persons who are (1) residents of embargoed countries, (2) ordinarily resident in embargoed countries, or (3) otherwise prohibited by applicable export controls and sanctions programs may not apply for this scholarship.

  • Questions


    For questions email

    We’re happy to address any questions directly related to the Generation Google Scholarship, but are unable to respond to other inquiries. We will not respond to spam, barraging messages, or messages that are primarily inflammatory or exploitative in nature.