The Mary Patterson Scholarship in Computer Science

Ms. Mary Patterson graduated from Tennessee Technological University in 1968 with a B.S. degree in mathematics. When she attended Tennessee Tech, no degree program in computer science existed. During her senior year, she took IBM's programming aptitude test, and her extremely high scores ultimately led to a successful long-term career with IBM. She believes that her education at Tennessee Tech has contributed to her success; thus, she decided to endow a scholarship as a way to make a contribution to Tennessee Tech.

The primary purpose of this scholarship is to encourage female and minority students to pursue studies in computer science. The next award of the scholarship will be given to a student who will be enrolled with full-time status at Tennessee Technological University during the 2010-2011 academic year. The monetary value of the award is $2000, which will be disbursed in two $1000 installments to pay for tuition expenses during the fall and spring semesters.

The recipient of the scholarship must meet the following criteria:

Application Procedure

Using a word processor, please prepare a statement of your career and educational goals and how the study of computer science relates to them. The length of the statement must be at most two double-spaced pages. Send the statement, no later than March 1, 2011, to the following address:

Mary Patterson Scholarship Committee
Department of Computer Science
Tennessee Technological University
Box 5101
Cookeville, TN 38505

You may be invited for an interview to express why you feel you would be a good recipient for the scholarship.

The name of the scholarship winner should be announced by March 15, 2011.

Thanks to Mark Boshart for the artwork.