In 2015, the Center for Networked Systems established the Alan Turing Memorial Scholarship the first of its kind in the nation, for enrolled UC San Diego undergraduate students majoring in computer science or computer engineering, public policy, communications and other programs touching on networked systems and who are active in supporting the LGBT community. In addition to receiving a $10,000 scholarship, recipients are also provided with an opportunity to carry out guided research under the direction of one of the center’s faculty mentors.

CNS aspires to affirm the importance of a diverse and inclusive community of engineers and to pay homage to Alan Turing, a titan in the field, whose contributions were tragically cut short.  A founder of the field of computer science and a brilliant mathematician, Alan Turing’s work contributed substantially to the Allied victory in World War II through his brilliant codebreaking. After the war, Turing suffered outright persecution for his activities as a gay man. He died by suicide in 1954.


Establishment of the Alan Turing Memorial Scholarship will highlight the Center for Networked Systems’ interest in celebrating students from all backgrounds and orientations, and emphasize our alignment with philanthropic partners who share these important goals. Increasingly, innovation-oriented enterprises are working to improve the diversity of their teams – it’s not only the right thing to do, it makes for better business. Employee teams featuring a wide range of backgrounds enjoy greater flexibility and depth, in considering solutions that engage a variety of users.

The first three years of the scholarship 2016-2017, 2017-2018 and 2018-2019 have been funded by seed money and a crowdfunding campaign.  CNS is currently working to raise $250,000 to endow the scholarship, ensuring that it is available for students for years to come.

Watch a video announcing the Turing Memorial Scholarship used in the Crowdsurf crowdfunding campaign.


Your gift can have a tremendous impact on a student’s future and on the computer science and engineering community. Help support a better tomorrow by making your tax deductible gift at any amount today.

This scholarship fund may be converted to an endowment fund if a cash balance of $50,000 is reached by June 30, 2020. For information on endowment funds, please see

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On behalf of the students whose futures are made brighter by your generosity, thank you!


Awarded Fall 2017 for the 2017-2018 academic year Sothyrak Srey

Awarded Spring 2016 for the 2016-2017 (inaugural year) Valeria Gonzalez

The application deadline for the 2018 -2019 academic year has passed, the scholarship will be awarded in late spring.

If you have questions regarding the application process, please contact the UCSD Scholarship Office at or (858) 534-1067.


Alan Turing Memorial Scholarship Celebrates Diversity in Computer Science [September 28, 2017]

CNS Scholarship Winner Gets First-Hand Insight into Computer Science Pioneer Alan Turing [November 14, 2016]

Alan Turing Memorial Scholarship Awarded to Valeria Gonzalez! [May 26, 2016]

Third video for Crowdsurf crowdfunding campaign.

Second video for Crowdsurf crowdfunding campaign. 

First video for Crowdsurf crowdfunding campaign.

Press release announcing the Alan Turing Memorial Scholarship [June 1, 2015]

Link to the project flyer