Marist Looks to Attract Computer Science Majors

Marist College is looking to increase their computer science and information technology systems majors by offering four years of full tuition, room and board to incoming students majoring in the field.

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Marist received a grant to fund the Technology Scholarships.  The goal is to prepare the computer technologists of the future.

Marist received a similar grant last year from the National Science Foundation that allowed them to give full scholarships to 12 students in the class of 2014.

“The 12 students we have now have really increased applications for this program,” said Mary Ann Hoffman, the assistant dean of the School of Computer Science and Mathematics.

Marist is looking to fund four incoming freshmen in 2011.

Scholarship winners will be based on the strength of their high school curriculum and academic performance, as well as an interview with the dean of the computer science school.  SAT scores are not required.

“We are trying to attract the best students for this program,” Hoffman said.

Students get more than just four full years of paid tuition, room and board.  They will also receive the opportunity to participate in internships with Fortune 500 companies and special advising from the dean and key faculty of the School of Computer Science and Mathematics.   Leaders from IBM, Verizon, Aetna, and Pepsi will also serve as individual mentors throughout the four years at Marist.

Numbers are down for students studying science, technology, engineering, and mathematics across the country and there is an overwhelming need for technology professionals.  Marist hopes to be the perfect spot to train the computer techs of the future.

The $35 million Hancock Technology Center that is slated to open in 2011 will be the primary building for the new computer science majors and the 54,600 square foot facility will house much needed academic space for the department.

“The Hancock Center gets more students excited about majoring in computer science,” Hoffman said.

In order to keep the scholarship, students will have to continue majoring in computer science or information technology systems throughout the four years at Marist, as well as keep a high GPA.

Eligible students should apply no later than Feb. 15, 2011.

Jennifer Abbey

Jennifer is a junior at Marist College and originally from Rochester, NY. She is a Communications major with a dual concentration in Journalism and Radio/TV/Film and a minor in Psychology. Jennifer likes bad movies, reality television, Canandaigua Lake, and her two golden retrievers, Cooper and Lucy.

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