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The Young Entrepreneur & Scholar (YES) Program targets bright, talented UCF students in the engineering and computer science fields and pairs them with local businesses and organizations to expand their skill set and obtain valuable experience alongside established mentors and professionals in their field, while enabling companies to develop the talent pool of the future professionals in STEM. NSF, DOL and the Florida IT Performance Grant support the endeavor, through the YES program, by providing, eligible students with financial support during their junior and senior internships conducted and at the employer's premises. The program sponsors are the National Science Foundation (NSF), the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), and the Florida IT Performance Grant.

  1. Year 1 (Junior Mentorship) Up to $5,000 Scholarship for the year ($2500 fall/$2500 spring, 30 weeks, 10-15 hours week).
  2. Year 2 (Senior Internship) Up to $17,500 stipend ($10,000 paid by the YES program funds, $7,500 match provided by the company per intern). (Summer {between Junior and Senior Year, 12 weeks, up to 40 hours/week}; Fall/Spring 30 weeks, 15-20 hours/week).
Student Eligibility Requirements
  1. US citizen, alien lawfully admitted to the US for the permanent residence, national of the US (as defined in section 101(a) of the Immigration and Nationality Act), or alien admitted as refugees under section 207 of the Immigration and Nationality Act.
  2. Junior (completed 60 hours but less than 90 hours) in a Computer Science, Information Technology or Computer Engineering major. Maintain a Computer Engineering, Computer Science or Information Technology major each semester to participate in the program. Transfer students must have been enrolled at UCF for at least 1 semester with a UCF cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. Must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher each semester.
  3. Must commit to 2 years with the Program.
  4. Demonstration of financial need based on a completed FAFSA of at least $5000 for the academic year (fall/spring). This will only be required for year 1 of the program.
  5. Full-time enrollment in classes at UCF (Minimum of 12 credit hours) during Fall & Spring
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