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.
The Eligibility Criteria for the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Florida IT Graduation Attainment Pathways (Flit-GAP) program includes the following:
- 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.
- Additional INSTITUTIONAL-SPECIFIC CRITERIA for students enrolled at each institution:
- CpE students must be ‘non-pending engineering’ status within the College of Engineering and Computer Science (CECS).
- 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: email@example.com
- UCF University of Central Florida, email Jacqueline Sullivan at firstname.lastname@example.org
- USF University of South Florida, email Dr. Ken Christensen at email@example.com