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The Flit-GAP Cohort 1 (Fall 2021) Scholarship Application for Students at FIU and USF is currently CLOSED. Recruitment for Cohort 2 will open in Summer 2022!

Flit-GAP Financial Assistance Benefits:

– The Flit-GAP program will accept approximately 15 students from EACH institution and award a scholarship of up to $10,000 per year ($5K in fall semester, $5K in spring semester), maximum 4-year award. NOTE: The scholarship amount is limited to financial need (cannot exceed $10K per year).

– The four-year scholarship award period can include support for graduate work after completion of the Flit-GAP program, provided the student chooses to attend Graduate School for a selected, computer-related advanced degree at either FIU, UCF or USF.

Flit-GAP Programmatic Benefits:

Select a Pathway: Each student will get the opportunity to select and explore either an Internship, Research or Entrepreneurship Pathway reflecting the scholar’s interest to work for industry/government, pursue graduate studies, or work for a small company/start own business, upon graduation.

Attend Events: Educational/Informational and Professional Development Workshops and Socials; Distinguished Speaker Events; Industry Tours; Graduate Program Showcase
These events will either be held on-campus and/or virtually as collaborative events with Flit-GAP Scholars at the other institutions.

Present at Symposium: Scholars will have the opportunity to present their Pathway Experiences at the Annual Flit-GAP Symposium that will be held at one of the three campuses each year in early April. Presentations will be virtual or in person depending upon the event’s location.

Receive Job Search Support: Career Services support at each institution will help students who enter the workforce immediately after graduation.

Networking and Mentoring: Opportunities throughout the year to meet with alumni, faculty, researchers and peers in computer-related fields.

On-Line Shared Elective Courses: Scholars can participate in the CSIT-TEAm program that provides online shared technical electives among the three institutions to help possibly achieve a faster pathway to graduation.

Eligibility Criteria:

The Eligibility Criteria for the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Florida IT Graduation Attainment Pathways (Flit-GAP) program includes the following:

  1. GENERAL CRITERIA for ALL candidates from either FIU, UCF or USF:
    • Accepted Majors – Computer Science (CS), Information Technology (IT), Cybersecurity (CyS) or Computer Engineering (CpE).
    • Class Standing – Junior-level students ONLY with credit hours equal to or greater than 60, and less than 90, that were achieved by the beginning of the Fall 2021 semester.
    • Grade Point Average – Minimum 3.0 overall GPA
    • Enrollment – Full-time status each semester, except for graduation semester when part-time status is allowed.
    • Citizenship – Per NSF S-STEM rules, students must be U.S. citizens, permanent residents, U.S. nationals, or admitted refugees.
    • Financial Need – Students must have demonstrated need >$1,000 per their FAFSA application or be designated Pell-eligible.
      If not already completed, the student must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) for the 2021/2022 Academic Year.
  1. Additional INSTITUTIONAL-SPECIFIC CRITERIA for students enrolled at each institution:

UCF Students:

    • CpE students must be ‘non-pending engineering’ status within the College of Engineering and Computer Science (CECS).

USF Students:

    • All USF students majoring in CS, CyS, IT and CpE must have demonstrated ‘Progression to the Upper-Level’.

Once you have carefully reviewed the above Eligibility Criteria and you believe that you are eligible to APPLY to become a Flit-GAP Scholar please email your University contact or click the link to your institution’s application page if available:

  • FIU Florida International University: tsolis@fiu.edu
  • UCF University of Central Florida, email Jacqueline Sullivan at jacqueline.sullivan@ucf.edu
  • USF University of South Florida, email Dr. Ken Christensen at christen@cse.usf.edu