The Department of Computer Science and Engineering is very pleased to announce the establishment of the John H. Fain Computer Science Scholarship, made possible by a very generous gift from John Fain, one of USC's very first graduates in Computer Science.
Graduating in 1970, Fain spent several years with Duke Energy and then in contract programming. In 1979, he founded Metro Information Services, Inc., a company that grew to employ 3,600 people in 45 offices throughout the United States.
The Fain Scholarship is intended to provide an incentive for upper division Computer Information Systems and Computer Science majors to become entrepreneurs. Awards are made to selected upper division students that meet the eligibility requirements (listed below) and pursue coursework that sets them on a career path toward creating their own businesses in the computing industry. Scholarships are renewable for a maximum of two years of support. Fain Scholars may receive up to a total of $5,000.
- The scholarship is for undergraduate students majoring in Computer Science or Computer Information Systems.
- Students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0.
- Students must have completed the lower division requirements for their degree with a minimum 3.0 GPA.
- Students must plan to pursue the appropriate program of study (see below).
- Students must maintain a major and cumulative GPA of 3.0 and make satisfactory progress towards the appropriate program of study to remain eligible.
Computer Information Systems students accepted into the Fain Scholarship program are required to complete the Business Information Management minor and complete MGMT 472 - Entrepreneurship and Small Business.
Computer Science students that are accepted into the Fain Scholarship program are required to complete the following courses related to business and entrepreneurship.
- Accounting Requirement: ACCT 222 - Introduction to Accounting
- Entrepreneurship Application Area Requirement: MKTG 350 - Principles of Marketing, MGMT 371 - Principles of Management, and MGMT 472 - Entrepreneurship and Small Business
- Economics Requirement: ECON 224 - Survey of Economics and either ECON 301 - Money and Banking, ECON 311 - Issues in Economics, or ECON 379 - Governmental Policy towards Business.
Upper division Computer Information Systems and Computer Science majors who want to be considered for a Fain Scholarship must complete and submit the on-line Fain Scholarship application by March 15. The Computer Science and Engineering Department expects to notify applicants by email of scholarship offers by the middle of May. Questions regarding the scholarship and the application form can be directed to:
- Dr. Jason Bakos
Chair, CEC Scholarship Committee
Professor, Computer Science and Engineering Department