Watson College Scholars Program

About the Watson College Scholars Program

The Watson College Scholars Program (launching in fall 2021) is a student-focused academic and professional development initiative, funded by large multinational organizations. Eligible students are invited to participate and will have an opportunity to interact with industry partners, faculty and peers.

This program will promote the academic and professional success of eligible students from historically underrepresented communities (minoritized, female and Pell-eligible, economically disadvantaged students) by providing high-impact interventions and financial support to develop strong candidates for graduate study and a professional career in engineering or computer science. Our desired outcome is to develop future innovators and leaders who will enter graduate school and the workforce as global citizens with a depth and breadth of professional and technical skill development.

Participants must maintain enrollment in Watson College and make successful academic progress in a Watson College degree program, while actively participating in program activities. Participants are expected to maintain a 3.0 GPA; those who fall under a 3.0 GPA may be placed on probation or removed from the program. 

Benefits for Participants

  • Academic support
  • $2,000 non-tuition scholarship per year, for four years (two years for transfer students)
  • Internship placement assistance
  • Job placement opportunities
  • Mentoring and networking opportunities with multinational organizations
  • Global experience opportunities
  • Community service/service-learning opportunities

How to Enroll/Next Steps

There is no separate application for the Watson College Scholars Program.  All undergraduate applicants to Watson College are evaluated for participation and invitations are sent to selected students.  Students who wish to accept their invitation, must:

  • Pay the Binghamton University enrollment deposit no later than May 1.
  • Register by filling out the enrollment form on the status checker.

Lead Sponsors

Financial support provided by:

  • Bloomberg
  • Department of Computer Science
  • Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Department of Mechanical Engineering
  • Department of Systems Science and Industrial Engineering
  • IBM Corp.
  • Raymond Corp.

Friends of the Program

  • Collins Aerospace
  • Syska Hennessey

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