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Scholarship Resources
Q. Where do I go to learn more about how to participate?
A: See the Resources section on this page.
Q: Can someone at Symantec help me?
A: Yes. Email us for more information: Symantec_scholarship@symantec.com
Q: Do I need to win the regional science fair in order to qualify for the Symantec Software Scholarship?
A: No. In fact, it's possible that none of the Symantec Software Scholarship winners are also state science fair winners. But wouldn’t it be cool to win both?
Q: Does my project have to be totally about computer software?
A: No, but you must have software that you have written as part of your project in some way. It is of course a Symantec Software Scholarship, and is awarded based on the software component(s) build by the student in their project. Of course, it won’t hurt your chances of winning if the software you write plays an important role in your project.
Q: What will the judges be looking for in my project?
A: The projects are judged from several aspects, including (but not limited to): code complexity, code quality, user interface, error handling, etc. You may be asked different questions by the judges to see what your understanding is of Software Engineering (software design, software testing, etc.).
Q: I'm really into Blackberry devices. Can I write software for my Blackberry?
A: Absolutely. Software is everywhere. It does not need to be software on a traditional desktop or laptop computer to qualify.
Q: I've never programmed software before. How do I learn?
A: There are many books available that teach beginning programming. Try the library, bookstore, or the Internet.
Q: My project solves world hunger. Am I eligible for the Symantec Software Scholarship?
A: Only if your solution includes the creative use of computer software.
Q: Can students band together to build a science project?
A: Yes. If a team of students wins the award, the money is then split evenly among them.
Q: How is the money distributed?
A: The money is held in a trust fund. Students first pay for any college or university expenses. Then they can submit reimbursement requests to the trust fund holder for payment of school-related expenses. The funds are available until either the awarded amount runs out or the student reaches 25 years of age, whichever comes first.
Q: What educational expenses qualify?
A: Tuition, text books and school fees. Sorry, no Xbox upgrades or day passes to Snowbird.
Q: What college can I attend?
A: Any accredited two-or four-year college or university within the United States.
Q: Am I limited in the use of the scholarship for my education?
A: Symantec’s goal is to encourage as many students to pursue education in math and science. As long as your educational plans are in that realm, then the scholarship is wide open for you.
Q: Can I use this money at a college outside of Utah?
A: Yes! You can use these funds at any accredited college or university within the United States.
A: No. Symantec’s goal is to encourage as many students to pursue education in math and science, so previous winners of the scholarship will not be eligible to win again.
Q: Can I get out of doing chores if I apply for the scholarship?
A: That's up to your parents. We suggest that you mention the $10K prize though, as it might help open a door for negotiation.
Q: Now, where did you say I can go to learn more about how to participate?
A: See the Resources section on this page.
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