Eight (8) scholarships in the amount of $10,000 each will be awarded to student veterans pursuing a degree in the field of computer science (as noted below). Scholarship recipients will also be invited to attend Google's 2018 Summer Annual Scholars' Retreat. The Scholars' Retreat provides an important networking opportunity for top students from all over the United States and Canada to meet with each other and with Google engineers in a personable, fun environment.
Interested applicants are encouraged to read the below information carefully. If you meet the eligibility requirement, please click on the link at the bottom to access the application form. Complete all fields and upload the required documents as PDFs. If you have any questions regarding the application or the scholarship, please contact ushere. This scholarship application will close on November 14, 2017 at noon 12:00 PM EST.
"Google’s education and scholarship programs aim to inspire and help students become future leaders in computing and technology by breaking down the barriers that prevent them from entering these fields. Partnering with Student Veterans of America allows us to support student veterans in their academic careers and beyond. Google is proud to support the veteran community through the Google SVA - Scholarship."
Sarah Safir, Specialist, Tech Student Development Programs at Google, Inc.
PLEASE NOTE: Previous recipients of the Google - SVA Scholarship are noteligible to apply.
Eligible student veterans must meet the below outlined minimum criteria.
All successful candidates must:
Be currently enrolled as an undergraduate or graduate student at an accredited four-year university for the 2017-2018 academic year
Intend to be enrolled in or accepted as a full-time student at a university in the United States for the 2018-2019 academic year
Maintain strong academic performance
Be pursuing a Computer Science or Computer Engineering degree, or a degree in a closely related technical field*
Be a current student veteran (includes members of the National Guard or Reserve), as proven by a DD-214 and transcript, OR be a student on Active Duty as proven by submission of Active Duty orders and a Memorandum of Understanding from your commanding officer indicating that you are in good standing with your unit, and transcript
Have received an honorable discharge, or currently be in good standing with his/her branch of service
*Related Technical Fields may include:
Electrical Engineering (with a heavy computer science course load)
*Related Technical Fields do not include:
Civil, Mechanical, or Industrial Engineering
Required Additional Documents
Current copy of resume/CV;
Unofficial copy of current university transcripts;
Two letters of reference from a professor, adviser or supervisor
Each letter of reference must be sent by the author, signed by the author, and be on official letterhead
Letters of reference can be submitted by the author directly to SVA via the online portal (see link below) the subject should read “Google - SVA Scholarship Letter of Reference for (Provide Your Name)”
Letters of reference can also be mailed to:
Student Veterans of America
c/o Google SVA Scholarship Committee
1012 14th Street NW
Washington, D.C 20005
Responses to three (3) essay questions (compiled into one document)
DD 214 or Active Duty orders and Memorandum of Understanding from your commanding officer
Please answer the following questions thoroughly, yet succinctly (300-500 words per essay question).
1) What sparked your interest in computer science? How did this lead you to major in computer science and what do you hope to accomplish with your degree? In your answer, please describe how your experiences have influenced the goals you have for yourself.
2) Please give us 1-2 examples of how you have exhibited leadership. Explain how you were influential, what you were trying to achieve, and the impact you had as a result. These need not be demonstrated through formal or traditional leadership roles. Think broadly and examine the many ways you are having an effect on the members of your technical community, your university, or your broader community.
3) Please describe the most significant computer science project or research you have worked on, how you approached key technical challenges, and what you gained from the experience. It might have been a class assignment, a research project, or other work or volunteer experience. If the project was team-based, specify your individual role and contributions in the project.
If you want to get in, the first thing to look at is the acceptance rate. This tells you how competitive the school is and how serious their requirements are.
The acceptance rate at School of Visual Arts is 74%. For every 100 applicants, 74 are admitted.
This means the school is lightly selective. The school will have their expected requirements for GPA and SAT/ACT scores. If you meet their requirements, you're almost certain to get an offer of admission. But if you don't meet School of Visual Arts's requirements, you'll be one of the unlucky few people who gets rejected.
Many schools specify a minimum GPA requirement, but this is often just the bare minimum to submit an application without immediately getting rejected.
The GPA requirement that really matters is the GPA you need for a real chance of getting in. For this, we look at the school's average GPA for its current students.
The average GPA at School of Visual Arts is 3.29.
(Most schools use a weighted GPA out of 4.0, though some report an unweighted GPA.
With a GPA of 3.29, School of Visual Arts accepts below-average students. It's OK to be a B-average student, with some A's mixed in. It'd be best to avoid C's and D's, since application readers might doubt whether you can handle the stress of college academics.
If you're currently a junior or senior, your GPA is hard to change in time for college applications. If your GPA is at or below the school average of 3.29, you'll need a higher SAT or ACT score to compensate. This will help you compete effectively against other applicants who have higher GPAs than you.
Each school has different requirements for standardized testing. Most schools require the SAT or ACT, and many also require SAT subject tests.
You must take either the SAT or ACT to submit an application to School of Visual Arts. More importantly, you need to do well to have a strong application.
School of Visual Arts SAT Requirements
Many schools say they have no SAT score cutoff, but the truth is that there is a hidden SAT requirement. This is based on the school's average score.
Average SAT: 1150 (Old: 1590)
The average SAT score composite at School of Visual Arts is a 1150 on the 1600 SAT scale.
On the old 2400 SAT, this corresponds to an average SAT score of 1590.
This score makes School of Visual Arts Competitive for SAT test scores.
School of Visual Arts SAT Score Analysis (New 1600 SAT)
The 25th percentile New SAT score is 1020, and the 75th percentile New SAT score is 1290. In other words, a 1020 on the New SAT places you below average, while a 1290 will move you up to above average.
Here's the breakdown of new SAT scores by section:
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School of Visual Arts SAT Score Analysis (Old 2400 SAT)
The 25th percentile Old SAT score is 1380, and the 75th percentile SAT score is 1800. In other words, a 1380 on the Old SAT places you below average, while a 1800 puts you well above average.
Here's the breakdown of old SAT scores by section:
|Section||Average||25th Percentile||75th Percentile|
SAT Score Choice Policy
The Score Choice policy at your school is an important part of your testing strategy.
School of Visual Arts ACT Requirements
Just like for the SAT, School of Visual Arts likely doesn't have a hard ACT cutoff, but if you score too low, your application will get tossed in the trash.
Average ACT: 24
The average ACT score at School of Visual Arts is 24. This score makes School of Visual Arts Moderately Competitive for ACT scores.
The 25th percentile ACT score is 21, and the 75th percentile ACT score is 27.
Even though School of Visual Arts likely says they have no minimum ACT requirement, if you apply with a 21 or below, you'll have a harder time getting in, unless you have something else impressive in your application.
ACT Score Sending Policy
If you're taking the ACT as opposed to the SAT, you have a huge advantage in how you send scores, and this dramatically affects your testing strategy.
Here it is: when you send ACT scores to colleges, you have absolute control over which tests you send. You could take 10 tests, and only send your highest one. This is unlike the SAT, where many schools require you to send all your tests ever taken.
This means that you have more chances than you think to improve your ACT score. To try to aim for the school's ACT requirement of 21 and above, you should try to take the ACT as many times as you can. When you have the final score that you're happy with, you can then send only that score to all your schools.
ACT Superscore Policy
By and large, most colleges do not superscore the ACT. (Superscore means that the school takes your best section scores from all the test dates you submit, and then combines them into the best possible composite score). Thus, most schools will just take your highest ACT score from a single sitting.
We weren't able to find the school's exact ACT policy, which most likely means that it does not Superscore. Regardless, you can choose your single best ACT score to send in to School of Visual Arts, so you should prep until you reach our recommended target ACT score of 21.
Download our free guide on the top 5 strategies you must be using to improve your score. This guide was written by Harvard graduates and ACT perfect scorers. If you apply the strategies in this guide, you'll study smarter and make huge score improvements.
SAT/ACT Writing Section Requirements
Both the SAT and ACT have a Writing section that includes an essay.
School of Visual Arts considers the SAT/ACT Writing section optional and may not include it as part of their admissions consideration. You don't need to worry too much about Writing for this school, but other schools you're applying to may require it.
SAT Subject Test Requirements
Schools vary in their SAT subject test requirements. Typically, selective schools tend to require them, while most schools in the country do not.
We did not find information that School of Visual Arts requires SAT subject tests, and so most likely it does not. At least 6 months before applying, you should still doublecheck just to make sure, so you have enough time to take the test.