Saint Leo Seeking Incoming Math and Computer Science Majors for Recurring Scholarships

January 03, 2017

Saint Leo University has received a major grant it will use to award more than $500,000 in scholarships to help young people from the Tampa Bay area earn bachelor’s degrees in computer science or mathematics at University Campus.

Saint Leo wants to hear from high school seniors and juniors who are seriously interested in the growing fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), but who need financial assistance for college. They could be able to earn their college degree at Saint Leo, aided by scholarships from the National Science Foundation grant.

Scholarship amounts will range up to $10,000 a year for the students, and can be combined with other sources of financial aid. Saint Leo’s first goal is to find five talented students who want to major in computer science, and three more who want to major in mathematics, and admit them starting with the 2017-2018 school year. Another group with the same intended majors will be admitted for the following school year, 2018-2019.  Ultimately, 16 students will receive the financial aid, and will be known as SLU Emerging Mathematics and Computer Science Scholars.

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During their time at Saint Leo, the scholars will come together in groups for team-building activities and special academic and career opportunities. For instance, they will gain work experience through internship opportunities with local employers, and hear from guest speakers in industry or research who can talk about career paths. Graduates with math or computer science majors are in high demand from employers, and Saint Leo is happy to help area companies by enlarging the talent pool through this program.

Teachers and parents who want more information are advised to contact the professor directing the grant program, Dr. Vyas Krishnan, at

College seniors from Florida who have already submitted applications for admission and who want to be considered for the scholarship should contact Mike Halligan, the associate director of admissions, at

Pictured: Saint Leo University students in the cybersecurity laboratory in 2016.