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NSF FASTRAC Scholarships for Computer Science or Electrical & Computer Engineering Majors

Are you an incoming first-year undergraduate student planning to major in Computer Sciences or Electrical and Computer Engineering? New York Institute of Technology is offering eligible applicants a scholarship—$9,500 for freshman year and an additional $9,000 per year until graduation, for a total $36,500—through its Financial and Academic Support to Retain and Advance Completion (FASTRAC) program.

This National Science Foundation funded program is designed to support students in need of financial aid enrolled in either Computer Science, B.S. or Electrical and Computer Engineering, B.S. program. The first FASTRAC Scholars cohort began in Fall 2019 at our New York City campus.

Meet our FASTRAC Scholars

FASTRAC Scholars will receive enhanced academic support to help them succeed in their math-intensive majors and in preparation for tech careers. Each scholar will be assigned a faculty mentor for the entire program. The enhanced curriculum will include high impact instructional practices, collaborative learning, and real-life projects. In addition, students will develop professional competencies through engineering design challenges, hackathons, and internships.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Citizen or permanent resident of United States.
  • Accepted to New York Tech as an incoming freshman.
  • 3.0 GPA on a 4-point scale in high school.
  • The SAT or ACT is not required for consideration. A minimum of 1150 on SAT or 24 on ACT is recommended for those who submit test scores.
  • FAFSA on file and meet financial eligibility requirement.
  • Computer Science or Electrical and Computer Engineering major.

To Apply

Not accepting new applications at this time.

  • If you have not already applied to New York Tech, complete the online application or Common Application to be admitted to either the Computer Science. B.S. or Electrical and Computer Engineering, B.S. major for the fall semester. Apply now.
  • Once you have been accepted to New York Tech, complete the FASTRAC Application and send the following to
    • Two recommendation letters from your high school principal and/or teachers (should focus on student’s motivation; time and resource management skills; communication skills; and outstanding talents and/or qualities).
    • Student essay (500-600 words) about why you want to go to college to become an engineer and/or computer scientist.
  • Interview with New York Tech representatives will be scheduled for scholarship finalists.

Contact Us

For more information, please contact Program Director Helen Gu, Ph.D., at