The Emerging Technology Scholarship is designed to identify high school juniors and seniors in the state of Florida who are exceptionally talented in their problem-solving and critical-thinking skills, academically successful, and passionate about emerging technology industries. Through this program, students will receive a full scholarship for select campus or online Bachelor of Science degree programs.
The Emerging Technology Scholarship program will award a full-tuition scholarship to eligible high school juniors and seniors in Florida pursuing select Full Sail University degree programs. Applicants will need to adhere to the eligibility criteria and strict deadlines outlined in Sections C and D. Finalists will be invited to the Full Sail University campus to participate in a whiteboard problem-solving competition. There will be a very limited number of scholarships awarded to the finalists selected at this on-campus competition.
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Minimum Eligibility Requirements
To be eligible for consideration, those applying for the Emerging Technology Scholarship must:
- Graduate from a Florida high school in 2020 or 2021 (Florida 2020 or 2021 homeschool graduates are eligible to apply).
- Meet Admissions requirements for an eligible Bachelor of Science degree program (Computer Science, Game Development, Information Technology, Mobile Development, Simulation & Visualization, and Web Design & Development).
- Possess a cumulative high school GPA of 3.8 or higher when the scholarship application is submitted.
- Provide a letter of recommendation from either a teacher or guidance counselor.
- Submit an Application for Admission by November 18, 2019.
- Begin their degree program within the calendar year of their graduation date from high school (for example, a student graduating from high school in May 2020 would have to begin coursework at Full Sail University by December 2020).
- Maintain satisfactory academic progress and adhere to Full Sail University’s Code of Conduct.
- Scholarship applicants eligible for Round 2 will be determined based on (1) their unofficial high school transcript, (2) their teacher/guidance counselor letter of recommendation, and (3) the scholarship application, provided all eligibility requirements are met.
- Scholarship applicants eligible for Round 3 will be determined by the Emerging Technology Scholarship panel based on the evaluation of the project submitted for the degree program of interest as listed in Section G, provided all eligibility requirements above are still met.
- Scholarship recipients will be determined based on the whiteboard problem-solving competition on Full Sail University’s campus.
How To Apply
Once an Application for Admission is received and eligibility requirements are satisfied, all eligible candidates will proceed through the following process:
- Candidates will be interviewed by a Full Sail University Admissions representative.
- Candidates will complete and submit an Application for Admission by Monday, November 18, 2019.
- Candidates will submit a copy of their unofficial high school transcript including a teacher/guidance counselor letter of recommendation via the student Launch website by Monday, December 2, 2019.
- Candidates will submit a completed scholarship application via the student Launch website by Wednesday, December 4, 2019.
- Candidates who meet the eligibility requirements for Round 1 will be notified and emailed the Round 2 project guidelines and instructions for submission.
- Upon Round 2 notification, semifinalists will complete and submit an original project with screencast based on their degree program of interest by Friday, December 6, 2019 (see Section G for project requirements).
- Semifinalists who submit an original project that meets eligibility will qualify for Finalist status.
- Finalists will be notified by January 6, 2020 regarding their eligibility to participate in Round 3, the whiteboard problem-solving competition on Full Sail University’s campus.
- Finalists will be invited to Full Sail University’s campus in Winter Park, Florida, to participate in a whiteboard problem-solving competition on February 1, 2020. Finalists will receive detailed instructions prior to the event.
- Based on the criteria given, scholarship awards will be announced at the conclusion of the competition.
Provisions and Award Requirements
- Scholarship funds will be disbursed by semester throughout the student’s enrollment at Full Sail University.
- Student understands that a change in student status may impact eligibility.
- A change of degree program, interruption of education, or withdrawal from degree program may result in cancellation of the scholarship award and disbursements.
- Final award of scholarship is contingent upon receipt of all required Admissions and Financial Aid documents by the assigned start date.
- Students who delay their start date may lose their eligibility.
- Funds from the Emerging Technology Scholarship may only be used toward the tuition of a Full Sail University campus or online Bachelor of Science degree program.
- Students must maintain an overall GPA of 3.5 for the duration of their Emerging Technology degree program to remain eligible for scholarship disbursements.
- This scholarship is nontransferable and has no redeemable cash value.
- Documentation provided as part of a submission will not be returned.
- The project must be the original work of the applicant.
- All submissions must abide by Full Sail University’s Nondiscrimination Policy. Applicants who submit work that does not abide by this policy will be disqualified.
- Work submitted will be judged by Full Sail University’s Emerging Technology Scholarship panel.
- This scholarship cannot be combined with any other scholarships initiated and/or awarded by Full Sail University.
- Financial aid is available to those who qualify.
Project Requirements for Semifinalists
All semifinalists, as notified by the Admissions department, must select a project listed below and submit an original project, with screencast, as specified in the following instructions:
Submit a project plan on how you would protect an information technology server against unauthorized hackers. The plan should include at least one identified system vulnerability, the significance if exploited, and possible steps to protect the system. Also, a screencast explaining the reasoning on how to protect the system must be provided.
Submit an original project creating a vehicle controlled by an external input device using an Arduino board or equivalent. You must use a game engine (e.g., Unity or Unreal) to program your vehicle. The submitted project must include an original STL file of the vehicle being controlled. The submission must include all sources and assets used to create the game. Outside sources must be cited within the submission. Submissions must be under 75 MB and submitted as a complete project in ZIP format. Also, a screencast explaining the project and its features must be provided.