CIS Scholarship Concept Recruit and Develop Exceptional Talent
- Develop a scholarship pool: (1) to attract outstanding students to CIS; and (2) to provide CIS students with relevant work experience prior to graduation.
- Each student works 20 hours per week in an appropriate IT position. Assignments may change as the student progresses through the CIS curriculum.
- Each scholarship includes in-state tuition ($5,600 per year, including 9 credit hours in the summer) plus $12,000 per year stipend (12 months); i.e., make it more attractive than a part-time job. Total cost of each scholarship is $17,600 annually.
- For annual investors, the sponsor may gain access to the student through a co-op assignment, with the potential for full-time employment upon graduation.
Additional Benefits to the Scholarship Recipient:
- Each student receives training in the appropriate areas of IT, such as:
o Help desk.
o System trouble-shooting.
o Web site support and development.
- Each student receives one-on-one mentoring by an IT Executive-in-Residence or CIS faculty member in the following areas:
o Periodic skills assessment to help the student identify a specialty within the IT profession.
o Coaching with respect to characteristics expected of IT professionals, such as professional responsibilities, job expectations, career development, and interpersonal skills development.
o Advise regarding course selection, course sequencing, and co-op placement.
Benefits to the Sponsor
- Student workers will have been selected based on a demonstrated aptitude for technology and a keen interest in the scholarships.
- As students graduate, new scholarship recipients will ensure that IT skill sets may be easily replenished with students interested in learning the latest technologies.
- Student workers are motivated to perform so that the work experience with help in applying for the most attractive co-op opportunities.