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AWS InCommunities Scholarship Program
Application status: Closed

Amazon Web Services (AWS) InCommunities is offering a new community-based scholarship program offering $100,000 in renewable scholarships for eligible high school seniors who plan to pursue a STEM-related education at a higher education institution.

Applicants to the AWS InCommunities Scholarship Program must:

  • Be a current, public, private or home-schooled high school senior from a designated* area high school.
  • Plan to enroll in full-time or part-time undergraduate study at an accredited non-profit public or private two- year or four- year college, university or vocational technical school for the entire upcoming academic year.
  • Be an AWS Educate Member. (for more information on joining this free program, click here. Use code: “AWSInCommunities2021”)
  • Plan to major in an eligible STEM field of study (science, technology, engineering and mathematics).

*designated high schools located in:

Gilroy Unified School District
Hayward, CA (city)
City of Santa Clara
Santa Clara USD

Dublin (city)
Fairbanks Local School District
Hilliard (city)
New Albany (city)

Morrow County
Umatilla County
Members of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR)/Nixyaawii School

Fairfax County
Loudoun County
Manassas (city)
Prince William County

Scholarship recipients are selected on the basis of:

  • Academic record
  • Demonstrated leadership and participation in school and community activities
  • Work experience
  • Statement of goals and aspirations
  • A short essay on how one of the Amazon Leadership Principals relates to the applicant.
  • An online recommendation

Financial need, as calculated by Scholarship America, must be demonstrated for the student to receive an award.

Preference will be given to minority populations underrepresented in STEM, including: African Americans, Hispanics, Latino/Latina, American Indians and Alaska natives.

Selection of recipients is made by Scholarship America. In no instance does any officer or employee of Amazon Web Services play a part in the selection. All applicants agree to accept the decision as final.

Award Information

  • The authorized distribution for new awards is $100,000.
  • Up to 40 awards of $2,500 each will be granted.
  • Awards are renewable up to three years or until a bachelor’s degree is earned, whichever occurs first, on the basis of satisfactory academic performance (maintaining a cumulative GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale) and continued enrollment in an eligible school and in an eligible STEM major.
  • Awards are for undergraduate study only.

Applicants will be notified in May. Not all applicants to the program will be selected as recipients. Students may reapply to the program each year they meet eligibility requirements.

Payment of Scholarships
Scholarship America processes scholarship payments on behalf of Amazon Web Services. Payment is made in one installment in early August.

As part of your application, you must upload the following documents:

  • A current, complete transcript of grades. Grade reports are not accepted. Unofficial or online transcripts must display student name, school name, grades and credit hours for each course and term in which each course was taken.
  • Optional:Supplemental Financial Data Form, if applicable. This form is needed only if parents cannot submit data jointly on the electronic application.

One online recommendation form must be submitted on your behalf no later than April 1, 2021 3:00 pm.

Your application is not complete unless all required documents are submitted electronically.

AWS has partnered with Scholarship America. Selecting the button below will redirect you to the Scholarship America Student Hub!