Awards and Scholarships

The Department has student awards and scholarships that are administered through PittFund$Me. Please check award availability, student eligibility, on this portal on

All IS Students

Catherine Ofiesh and Gerald Orner Award: This award established by Dr. Gerald Orner in memory of his wife Catherine Ofiesh to establish an annual award for excellence in information science

Undergraduate Students

Ida M. Flynn Memorial Award: The Ida M. Flynn Memorial Award is given to students in recognition of excellence and outstanding contributions to the BSIS Program who contribute to the advancement of diversity in the school.

Jennifer & Eric Spiegel Technology and Communications Award: Through an annual essay competition, the Jennifer and Eric Spiegel Award, will recognize students in the BSIS major for excellence in writing a paper addressing a problem or leading-edge topic focused on how information, technology, and networks impact humans and society. The paper should address the chosen topic from the perspective of the Department’s focus on the integration and intersection of technology, data, networks, and people.

PPG Industries Information Technology Scholarship: Thanks to the annual generosity of PPG Industries, two $5,000 scholarships will support BSIS students who improve the diversity of the School of Computing and Information student population. Candidates must:

Have a GPA of 3.0 or above; and
Be eligible to work in the United States as a Permanent Resident of U.S. Citizen; and
Be aware that the PPG IT program will review eligible student scholarship recipients that are looking for a summer internship the summer before their senior year.

Graduate Students

MSIS Students

James G. Williams Scholarship Fund: The James G. Williams Scholarship Fund was created to honor Distinguished Professor Emeritus James G. Williams. The scholarship supports an outstanding student enrolled in the MSIS Program.

Mitchell Family Scholarship: To provide support for tuition & other educational expenses of undergraduate & graduate student(s) in the School. It is the hope of the Donor that the Scholarship Fund will assist the University in achieving its goal of attracting & retaining students who contribute to the diversity of the student body at the University of Pittsburgh.

MST Students

Fritz Froehlich Scholarship: The Fritz Froehlich Award is presented to a graduate student for outstanding contributions to the Telecommunications degree program.

K. Leon Montgomery Assistantship in Telecommunications: This scholarship provides support to a full-time master’s student enrolled in the MST program. Preference is given to students who achieve academic excellence through coursework, research, international focus, and leadership.