Scholarship Information and Opportunities

Departmental Scholarships

The Departments of Computer Science and Mathematical Sciences award several scholarships each year to current students and one scholarship to an incoming freshman (the Patterson Scholarship).

Separate from the recurring scholarships, the S-STEM and STEP scholarships are limited opportunities funded by the National Science Foundation to attract and retain Computer Science and Mathematics scholars.

To receive any of these scholarships, you must be a full-time student during the academic year (or semester) for which the award is made. Award decisions are made approximately one month after the application deadline.


Applications from current CS/Math majors for the following scholarships must be received by February 27. [Application link]

  • Computer Science
  • G.T. Buckland
  • Taylor Memorial
  • Goodman Memorial
  • Inez Harris

Applications from high school seniors for the Paul B. Patterson scholarship must be received by March 25. [Application link]

Applications are available through the department office or click below. Applications can be brought to the department office or mailed to the

CS/Math Scholarship Committee
P.O. Box 32133
Appalachian State University
Boone, NC, 28608

Scholarship Descriptions and Requirements

Computer Science Innovation and Entrepreneurship (ECRS)

The scholarship is open to incoming freshman students. Applicants will be evaluated on academic merit, including performance in high school, involved in innovative projects, and class rigor with a focus on a student's aptitude in Mathematics and creative problem solving.

S-STEM Scholarships (formerly CSEMS)

The purpose of this program is to attract students to major in math/stat/cs. There are some eligibility requirements so be sure to visit the link above.

Computer Science Scholarship

The intent of this scholarship is to encourage excellence in the field of computer science. An applicant must be a full-time rising junior or senior majoring in computer science; an overall grade point average of at least 2.5 must be maintained together with a grade point average of at least 3.0 for all courses in the Department of Mathematical Sciences. Applications must be supported by a letter of recommendation from a Mathematical Sciences faculty member.

G.T. Buckland Scholarship

The G.T. Buckland Scholarship was established in 1978 to honor Professor Buckland at the time of his retirement from the Department of Mathematical Sciences. The distinguishing objectives of this scholarship include the recognition and encouragement of outstanding achievement in the mathematical sciences. Accordingly, this award is presented to a rising junior or senior who has completed with distinction the calculus sequence and at least four other courses in the Department. Candidates may be nominated by departmental faculty members or through the Mathematics Honor Society (Pi Mu Epsilon). Applications must be supported by a letter of recommendation from at least one faculty member.

Inez Harris Mathematics Education Scholarship

The Inez Harris Scholarship is made possible by the generosity of Mrs. Sperling, a retired high school mathematics teacher and Appalachian alumna (1934) from Shelby, NC. The intent of the scholarship is to encourage excellence in the teaching of mathematics at the high school level by attracting quality students to the mathematics education program at ASU. Candidates for this scholarship must be at the point in their program of doing student teaching during the coming academic year. Eligible students may be nominated by an Appalachian faculty member or may make direct application to the Scholarship Committee. Applications must be supported by a letter of recommendation from at least one faculty member.

Paul B. Patterson Scholarship

The Paul B. Patterson Scholarship was established in honor of the late Professor Patterson, a former Chairman of the Mathematics Department at Appalachian. This scholarship is intended to recognize a promising entering freshman majoring in the mathematical sciences at Appalachian. Candidates for the scholarship are restricted to high school seniors. Qualified students may be nominated through their high school or may apply directly to the Scholarship Committee. In either case a letter of recommendation from a member of the mathematics faculty at the nominee's high school as well as a current transcript must be submitted directly to the Scholarship Committee.

Taylor Memorial Scholarship

The John W. Taylor and Mary L. Taylor Memorial Scholarship is intended to encourage rising juniors or seniors in Mathematics and Computer Science. Applicants should:

  • Be a rising junior or senior.
  • Be a full-time student majoring in Math/Computer Science.
  • Demonstrate need for financial support. A completed Financial Aid Form (FAF) must be on file with the Office of Financial Aid.
  • Demonstrate satisfactory academic achievement (3.25 GPA desirable).

Preference is given to male applicants. The scholarship can be renewed upon verification of continued satisfactory academic achievement.

Edith A. Goodman Memorial Scholarship

The Edith A. Goodman Memorial Scholarship was established in 1996 by Drs. Billie and Ted Goodman in memory of their daughter. Each year two awards are made: one to a computer science major and one to a mathematical sciences major. Scholarship recipients must be rising juniors or seniors and have at least a 3.0 GPA. Preference is given to female applicants.

Jonathan K. Perryman Scholarship

Deadline: Call the Arts & Sciences College Office (262-3078)

This endowed scholarship is established as a memorial to Jonathan K. Perryman, a 1966 chemistry alumnus of Appalachian. The scholarship guidelines specify that applicants must be rising juniors or seniors majoring in one of the following areas: Biology, Chemistry, Geology, Mathematics, Computer Science or Physics and Astronomy. Recipients must demonstrate satisfactory academic achievement by having and maintaining a 3.0 grade point average. In addition, recipients must be full-time students with a course load of at least 12 semester hours. The award is directed to be renewable based upon verification of satisfactory academic performance as evidenced by maintaining a 3.0 grade point average and continuation of progress toward a degree in one of the majors named above.

Glaxo Women in Science Scholarship

Deadline: Call the Arts & Sciences College Office (262-3078)

The Glaxo Foundation has established an endowment which makes available two scholarships for full-time women students at Appalachian who are majoring in and planning a career in the sciences. The purpose of the endowment is to recognize outstanding scholarship, to provide an incentive for women science students to enter the science profession, and to provide students with a woman scientist mentor at Glaxo. The award is directed to be renewable based upon reapplication, reselection, and verification of satisfactory academic performance. Preference in the awarding of this scholarship should accrue to female freshman applicants who would likely be eligible to receive the award in subsequent years. Second preference would be for sophomores, then juniors and seniors who have not received awards in previous years. The student's grade point average must remain at 3.0 or better to be eligible to continue receiving the award, and Glaxo Scholars who remain eligible will be given preference in receiving the award in subsequent years.

Richard A. Thomas Scholarship

Deadline: Call the Arts & Sciences College Office (262-3078)

Applicants must have completed the freshman year at Appalachian and must be pursuing a major within the College of Arts and Sciences. In addition, applicants must display success and progress in academics and exemplary leadership in one or more of the following areas: 1) service-learning component of an academic course, 2) community-based research, 3) international service-learning (either ASU or International Partnership for Service-Learning and Leadership sponsored), or 4) advancement of service-learning initiatives such as serving on the Student Service-Learning Task Force, serving as the Peer Leader of a Freshman Seminar class that is involved in service-learning, serving as speaker for a service-learning orientation/workshop, etc.