SanDisk Scholars Program


Helping Students Succeed

Established in 2012, the SanDisk Scholars Program supports the educational goals of students in pursuit of careers in engineering and computer science. The program awards scholarships of up to $10,000 per student to graduating high school seniors, community-college students, and students already enrolled in an engineering or computer science related course of study in need of financial support to reach their goals. Since 2012, we’ve awarded scholarships to more than 300 students throughout the U.S., Japan and China.

We partner with the Silicon Valley Community Foundation (SVCF), International Scholarship and Tuition Services (ISTS), and the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) to identify students fitting our applicant profile, process applications, award scholarships, and provide support services to scholarship recipients.



Scholarship Recipients

The SanDisk Scholars Fund awards scholarships of up to $10,000 to undergraduate students and graduate university research programs.



SanDisk Values Education

And it starts with our CEO, Sanjay Mehrotra, who recently delivered the commencement address at the University of California, Berkeley
College of Engineering.

General Eligibility and the Application Process

The application period runs from January 1 through March 31.

Applications will be accepted from anywhere within the U.S. Applicants must meet all of the following criteria to be eligible for this scholarship:

  • Must be a high school senior or college freshman or sophomore
  • Must be planning to enroll or continue as a fulltime undergraduate in the fall
  • Must be majoring or plan to major in Computer Science and Engineering or related field
  • Must have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Be a U.S. Citizen or legal resident

Independent selection committees will evaluate applications and award scholarships based on financial need, community involvement, demonstrated leadership and/or entrepreneurial interests, essay content, and academic achievements and records.

Granted scholarships are subject to the following:

  • $2,500 annually renewable awards (a maximum of $10,000 per student)
  • A single applicant may not win more than one award
  • Students may reapply each year as long as they continue to meet the eligibility criteria
  • The scholarships will be applied to tuition, fees, books, supplies, and equipment required for course load at accredited nonprofit two or four-year colleges and universities in the U.S.
  • Students may transfer from one institution to another and retain the award

Eligibility requirements, online applications, and required accompanying documents are available on the application site independently hosted by ISTS. For more information visit here or call toll free (855)-670-ISTS (4787).

Additional scholarships for students attending UC Berkeley, Stanford, UCLA, MIT, USC, and Georgia Tech are also awarded. These awards are independently managed by Silicon Valley Community Foundation and participating schools. Applicants must be women and students of Latino or African American descent and must meet the general eligibility requirements. Recipients are selected within guidelines set by SanDisk and SVCF. Students attending these schools should contact their financial aid office for information on how to apply.