Awards and Scholarships

Computer Science Department Award

The Computer Science Department Award is given to a senior Computer Science major for high academic achievement. This involves a monetary award as well as a certificate from the Computer Science Department commemorating the achievement.

Computer Science Alumni Award

The Computer Science Alumni Award is given to a junior Computer Science major for high achievement in the department. This award involves a monetary award as well as the presentation of a certificate commemorating the achievement.

Outstanding Student Award

Each year Computer Science faculty members nominate and select students they feel are outstanding in their class: Outstanding Freshman, Sophomore, Junior and Senior. The winners are recognized at the awards ceremony held at the end of the academic year.


The Dr. Nancy Wahl Scholarship has been created through the generosity of Drs. Nancy and Robert Wahl. Scholarships will be awarded to computer science students based on academic achievement and need. Please refer to the Scholarships Website for details and to apply. Female students are especially encouraged to apply.

A scholarship has been created in honor of Dr. Paul Hutcheson, Professor Emeritus, Computer Science. The scholarship is awarded annually to an outstanding graduate student.

The Mack Thweatt Scholarship has been created in honor of Professor Emeritus Dr. Mack Thweatt. To be eligible for consideration for this scholarship, a student must be a Tennessee resident, enrolled as a full-time student, be a Computer Science major, and have at least a 3.0 GPA. Please refer to the Scholarships Website for details and to apply.

A scholarship has been created in honor of Mr. Homer Brown, Professor Emeritus, Computer Science. This scholarship is awarded to an outstanding Computer Science major who has completed CSCI/MATH 3180.

Dr. Richard Detmer, Professor Emeritus, has endowed a scholarship to be awarded annually on the basis of academic excellence, to a Computer Science major who is a sophomore or junior and who has completed at least 10 hours of computer science courses at MTSU.

S-STEM Scholarship Program in Computer Science

With funding from the National Science Foundation's Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (S-STEM) program, the "NSF S-STEM Scholarship Program: Growing the Regional Computer Science Workforce" is providing support to low-income students with demonstrated financial need and academic promise to succeed in STEM disciplines at Middle Tennessee State University. To be eligible for the scholarship, a student must 

  • Be a U.S. citizen or national,
  • Be a full time student or have applied to MTSU
  • Be Pell-eligible
  • Be a Computer Science major with no more than 32 Computer Science credit hours
  • Have a GPA of 2.50 or higher on Computer Science courses taken at MTSU or have a math ACT subscore >= 22 if no Computer Science courses have been taken at MTSU.

Each scholarship recipient will receive up to $6000.00 per year for the first 2 years and up to $3000 for the 3rd year as long as he/she meets the scholarship criteria each year. For more information and sponsored activities by the program, please visit:

Graduate Teaching Assistantships

The Department of Computer Science has a limited number of graduate assistantships, mostly with teaching duties. Application forms may be obtained from the graduate office. An individual is expected to be in good standing, i.e., having met the requirements for admission to graduate school including successful test scores and having a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or more. Graduate assistants receive a stipend and the University pays tuition for each semester that the assistantship is held. Full-time graduate assistants are expected to spend 20 hours a week fulfilling their duties to the University.