Big Data Science & Analytics Scholarships (Updated for 2020)

This field is booming!!

The business and data analytics field is definitely booming; it is estimated by IBM there will 364,000 more data analytics job openings in 2020, for a total of 2.720,000. (IBM.com). To fill the gap, employers will look beyond data scientists and fill these jobs with various types of data analysts, engineers, and data and privacy security specialists.  IBM also reports demand for data analysts, data scientists, and data engineers will grow 39% in 2020.

Most of these jobs pay high salaries, with an average analytics manager earning $94,677 per year. (Payscale.com).

That is why many students are interested in earning their bachelor’s, master’s in business and data analytics. The good news is there are many scholarships and fellowships available to ease the financial burden of attending college.

Our research has uncovered the following outstanding scholarships below. Review each award and click the link to review in more detail.


Amount: $2,000 | Type: Scholarship | Deadline: Feb 1st/Sept 1st

Big Data Science & Analytics Scholarship 

MastersofBusinessAnalytics.com is offering a bi-annual $2,000 scholarship to students who plan to pursue or are currently working toward a bachelor’s degree in data analytics or master’s degree in data analytics or mba in data analytics related field. Individuals must be enrolled full-time or part-time, in the current year in a relevant U.S.-based campus or online degree program, such as computer information systems, business analytics, data science, data analytics, math/statistics, or computer science. A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required. Ideal for all students!


Amount: $10,000 | Type: Scholarship | Deadline: Varies

Bill Caspere Memorial Diversity Scholarship

This $10,000 scholarship was begun by The Collective LLC in 2015 to encourage undergraduates and postgraduates to consider careers in data science. Applicants must be black, Asian, Hispanic, Native American, multiracial, or LGBTQ. A minimum of 60 college credits completed with a minimum of 3.25 GP is required.


Amount: $4,000 | Type: Scholarship | Deadline: Varies

Daniel Larose Scholarship for Data Mining Excellence

This annual award is worth $4000 per year or $2000 per semester and is offered to post-graduates who excel in a master of science in the data-mining program. Big data students must have finished at least 12 master’s credits.


Amount: $1,500-2,000 | Type: Scholarship | Deadline: Varies

HIMSS Minnesota Graduate Health IT Scholarship

The HIMSS Minnesota Chapter offers this $1500 scholarship for master’s and $2000 for doctoral students who are studying health informatics, including data science and data analytics. You must live in MN, WI, IO, ND, or SD and have at least a 3.0 GPA.


Amount: $3,000 | Type: Scholarship | Deadline: Varies

INFORMS Analytics Society Student Scholarship

The Institute for Operations Research and Management Sciences partners with SAS each year and hosts the Analytics Society Student Scholarship Competiton each spring to provide a $3000 big data scholarship to a college student who presents the most compelling analytical project proposal. You must be 18 or older, submit a resume, and two references.


Amount: $5,000 | Type: Scholarship | Deadline: Varies

Lilly Endowment Scholarship for Data Science

The Lilly Endowment Scholarship offers $1000 per term for $5000 total for outstanding male or female postgraduates who are pursuing a Master of Science in Data Science. Qualified candidates must live in Indiana, have graduated from an accredited college in the last year in the state, have two semesters of calculus, and a 3.0 GPA.


Amount: $5,000 | Type: Scholarship | Deadline: Varies

Milliman Opportunity Scholarship Fund

Overseen by Scholarship America for the Chicago Public Schools system, this fund awards $5000 each year to minority IL residents of Latino, black, American Indian, Native American, or Pacific Islander heritage, including Dreamers without legal documentation. Students need to have been admitted into a four-year, US college for majors including data science, data analytics, economics, statistics, mathematics, and computer science.


Amount: $1,000 | Type: Scholarship | Deadline: Feb/Sept

Remote DBA Experts to Students Scholarship

Since 2015, Remote DBA has offered $1000 through the Experts to Students Scholarship to support high school seniors or current college students who want a data-focused career with training in data science, data analytics, database administration, and related disciplines. You must have a 2.8 GPA, submit an online application, cover letter, and 500-word essay.


Amount: $1,000 | Type: Scholarship | Deadline: Varies

Strong Analytics Data Science Scholarship

Strong Analytics is a big data company in Chicago that offers a $1000 scholarship to post-secondary students studying data science. Each applicant must use publicly available datasets to select research questions, code analysis, and make PDF presentations that visualize data findings. Projects are judged on rigor, creativity, methodology, and reproducibility.


Amount: $5,000 | Type: Scholarship | Deadline: Varies

UNCF/Alliance Data Scholarship and Internship

Alliance Data Systems has partnered with the United Negro College Fund to provide a $5000 scholarship each year to minority undergraduates who are going to historically black colleges and studying computer science, data science, IT management and digital marketing. A 3.0 or higher GPA is required and students must be rising juniors or seniors.


Amount: Varies | Type: Scholarship | Deadline: Varies

Russ Peterson Technology Scholarship

The CUNY School of Professional Studies in Manhattan provides almost $400,000 annually with financial aid, such as the Russ Peterson Technology Scholarship. The scholarship program supports full-time students with career goals in big data who are within 30 credits of finishing their MS in Data Analytics or BS in Information Systems with a 3.0 or higher GPA.


Amount: $2,000| Type: Scholarship | Deadline: Varies

Carlson School of Management Scholarship

The University of Minnesota offers a $20,000 scholarship for students pursuing a Master of Science in Business Analytics. Twenty scholarships will be awarded to students who are admitted to begin the program in June 2020.


Amount: $1,000| Type: Scholarship | Deadline: Varies

Minneanalytics Data Science Scholarship

This nonprofit organization with more than 10,000 members awards this scholarship of $1000 before awarding a grand prize of $5000 at the end of the year. This is a big data scholarship that is suitable for undergraduates and post-graduates at in-state universities who are working on analytics degrees.


Amount: $2,000| Type: Scholarship | Deadline: Varies

Fisher Family Fund Scholarship

A $2000 scholarship offered to students at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte for students pursuing a degree in data science or business analytics.


Amount: $1,000| Type: Fellowship| Deadline: Varies

Jack Larson Data for Good Fellowship

The University of California Berkeley School of Information offers $8500 of scholarships to students in master’s programs in information and data science.


Amount: $1,000| Type: Fellowship| Deadline: Varies

Women in Data Science Scholarship

Quanthub.com offers a $1000 scholarship to women earning a bachelor’s or master’s degree in data science or data analytics. Must be enrolled full or part-time in a relevant degree program in the US in 2019 and 2020, such as computer information systems, business analytics, statistics or computer science.


Amount: $15,000 | Type: Fellowship | Deadline: Varies

ACM SIGHPC/Intell Computational & Data Science Fellowship

The Association for Computing Machinery’s Special Interest Group on High-Performance Computing has partners with Intell to offer this fellowship for $15,000 to master’s or doctoral students doing research on big data. Eligible candidates are females or members of minority groups who have finished less than half of their computer science degrees at US universities.