Build a full stack future. Apply to the Amazon Future Engineer Scholarship program

A serious 2-for-1 opportunity for students like you. Win $40,000 for college and a paid programming internship at Amazon. Applications open November 30th, 2020.

At Amazon, supporting underserved students in their computer science education is not only important to us–it’s imperative to building a diverse tech industry and future. Our Amazon Future Engineer Scholarship program provides students like you with an opportunity to upgrade their careers with a $40,000 scholarship, plus a paid summer internship programming at Amazon.

High school students learn they are Amazon Future Engineer $40,000 scholarship recipients

Why not you?

We want you to apply! When it comes to a guaranteed paid internship at Amazon and a $40,000 scholarship, your time can go a long way. You could be one of a hundred students chosen to win this double-sized opportunity—there’s only one way to find out.

✅ Completed a computer science course in high school
✅ Plan to pursue a bachelor’s degree in computer science
✅ High school senior in the US
✅ US citizen or permanent resident
✅ Employees and immediate family members of Amazon.com and its subsidiaries are not eligible to apply

Fit the bill? Sign up to get notified when applications open on November 30th.

Jessica Bradley - Georgia Tech, 2023
"I am from Birmingham, Alabama, but I always love to highlight how proud I am of my Colombian roots. Ever since I've developed my love for CS in my AP CS course sophomore year, it's been my goal to find the intersection of technology and social change, especially in terms of bringing more STEM opportunities to minorities in underserved communities. I am so thankful to be a part of the AFE community; I feel empowered by the like minded individuals sharing the same goal of bringing more CS opportunities to those who need it the most."
Shamari Walker - Purdue University, 2023
“I am from Hammond, Indiana and I discovered my passion for CS when I learned that it could serve as a way to let my creativity flow and help make people's lives easier . During the summer of 2020 I interned for Amazon as an Amazon Future Engineer and one thing that I enjoyed the most about the AFE program was the sense of community it provided. Being an intern at a major tech company like Amazon after your freshman year of college can seem daunting but when you have a community of those similar to you, it helps make your experience 10x better.”
Ashley Chu - University of California Berkeley, 2023
"I did not have a direct path to computer science: I first got hooked on CS after seeing how it was used to create my favorite films and video games! The Amazon Future Engineer program has changed my life. This past summer, I worked for Amazon Web Services, and despite the remote format, I had an unforgettable experience. One takeaway I had was to stand up and speak out. I've always lacked confidence, but especially with the support of my co-AFE interns, I now feel so much more confident and proud of who I am."
Frequently Asked Questions
  • What are the criteria for applying to the Amazon Future Engineer Teacher of the Year Awards?
    Applicants to the Amazon Future Engineer Scholarship Program must:

    ✅ Be US Citizens or permanent residents
    ✅ Be high school seniors who are currently enrolled in or who have completed a high school or college dual degree course where computer science is the subject.
    ✅ Be planning to attain a bachelor’s degree in computer science, software engineering, computer engineering or other computer science related field of study from an accredited 4-year college or university
    ✅ Have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (or its equivalent).
    ✅Immediate family members of Amazon employees or its subsidiaries are not eligible to apply.

    Scholarship recipients are selected on the basis of academic performance, experience with computer science, demonstrated leadership and participation in school and community activities, work experience, short answer responses, unusual personal or family circumstances, financial need, racial/ethnic/gender diversity, and an educator appraisal, preferred to be completed by acomputer science teacher.
  • What is the award amount?
    Award recipients receive a $10,000 annual award. Awards are renewable for up to three years or until a bachelors degree is earned, whichever occurs first. Renewal is contingent upon the applicant continuing full-time enrollment at an accredited four-year college or university, and maintaining a good standing with their university.
  • How many award recipients will there be?
    Amazon will grant 100 award recipients each year.
  • What is the Amazon Future Engineer internship like?
    Winners of the Amazon Future Engineer scholarship also receive a guaranteed, paid 12-week summer internship at Amazon after completing their freshman year of college. While working at Amazon, AFE interns work embedded on a software engineering team and pair up with a co-intern, manager, and mentors to build projects that have real impact on Amazon customers. Interns get to work on some of Amazon's groundbreaking technologies and core platforms, like Alexa voice technology, Amazon Web Services, and the Amazon retail platform. At the end of the summer, most interns ship production-level code to Amazon!

    In addition to their project work, Amazon Future Engineer interns get exposure to the Amazon business through fireside chats with senior leaders, deep dives from technology teams, and an annual Alexa skills-building hackathon. Interns build bonds with their fellow intern cohort by collaborating on their project work and through social events - so if you join us an AFE intern, you'll have lots of fellow interns from a similar background to go through this experience with you!
  • I still have more questions – who should I contact?
    Please e-mail: AmazonFutureEngineer@ScholarshipAmerica.org and we’ll get back to you ASAP.