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U.S. Western Digital STEM Scholarship
Deadline to apply: April 1, 2024 3:00 pm Central Time

As a technology leader, Western Digital is committed to expanding access to STEM education by reducing financial barriers and increasing representation of historically underrepresented and underserved students in the STEM field. This includes first generation college students, women, and those who self-identify as Black or African American, Hispanic or Latino, American Indian, and Alaska Native. Students must be transferring from a U.S. community college to a four-year university in pursuit of a STEM degree.

The program is administered by Scholarship America®, the nation’s largest designer and manager of scholarships and other education support programs for corporations, foundations, associations, and individuals. Eligibility for individual programs is determined at the sole discretion of the sponsor and eligible applications are reviewed by Scholarship America’s evaluation team.

Applicants to the U.S. Western Digital STEM Scholarship must meeting the following criteria:
Important Eligibility Information: Please Read Carefully

  • Be a current full-time undergraduate student attending a two-year community college in the United States (U.S.)
  • Planning to transfer to full-time enrollment at an accredited four-year college or university in the U.S. for the upcoming academic year (for which the scholarship will be applied)

Please Note: Only applicants meeting both of these criteria will be considered.
You also must:

  • Pursuing a Bachelor of Science Degree in the field of Mathematics, Engineering, Computer Science, or other Sciences (not including agricultural, health, or life)
  • Have a minimum GPA of 2.7 on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent)
  • Demonstrate financial need or hardship

Students who have received two Western Digital Scholarships in the past are ineligible.

Dependents of Western Digital employees who meet the requirements are eligible to apply. However, preference will not be given to employee dependents.


If selected as a recipient, the student will receive a $5,000 award. Up to 55 awards will be granted.

Awards are for undergraduate study only.

Awards are not renewable.

Recipients may only receive one Western Digital scholarship award each year; and up to two (2) Western Digital scholarships awards in a lifetime.


All applicants will be notified in late May.

Payment of Scholarships

Scholarship America processes scholarship payments on behalf of Western Digital Technologies, Inc. Payment is made in early August.

Selection of Recipients

Scholarship recipients are selected on the basis of:

  • Academic excellence as demonstrated by GPA and rigor of coursework
  • Demonstrated leadership and participation in school and community activities
  • Quality of application and personal statement
  • Financial need

Provided enough applications are received, preference will be given to first generation college students and/or historically underserved students in the field of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) including women and those who self-identify as Black or African American, Hispanic or Latino, or American Indian or Alaska Native.

Selection of recipients is made by Scholarship America. In no instance does any officer or employee of Western Digital Technologies, Inc. play a part in the selection. Not all applicants to the program will be selected as recipients. Students may reapply to the program each year they meet eligibility requirements. All applicants agree to accept the decision as final.

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

  • A current, complete transcript of grades. Grade reports are not accepted. Transcripts must display student name, school name, grades and credit hours for each course and term in which each course was taken.

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

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