University of Vermont

CS Student Awarded Google-SVA Scholarship

Phelan VendervillePhelan Vendeville, a senior majoring in Computer Science, is one of eight nationwide recipients of a Google-Student Veterans Association (SVA) Scholarship for Computer Science.  Phelan will receive $10,000 and an all-expense paid trip to the 2012 Scholars’ Retreat in June 2012 to be held at the Googleplex in Mountain View, California.  Students were selected for their dedication to the field and for their demonstrated progress to date in the field of computer science.

“This is a tremendous accomplishment and a well-deserved award for Phelan,” says Jackie Horton, lecturer in the Department of Computer Science.

In 2012 the SVA joined in partnership with Google to provide student veterans with scholarships in computer science, one of America’s most in-demand degrees. The Google-SVA Scholarships are available to student veterans who pursue degrees in computer science in the U.S.  The goal of SVA and Google is to reward and recognize high caliber student veterans and encourage further study through $10,000 scholarships that can be used for university expenses, such as tuition, books and lab fees. The awards also provide the students with the unique opportunity to meet other top students in the U.S. as well as Google engineers in a personable and fun environment such as through the Annual Scholars' Retreat.

“I am honored and humbled I am by this award, and I look forward to attending the Scholars’ Retreat in CA,” says Phelan. 

Phelan came to UVM after spending 4 years in the U.S. Navy.  His interest in Computer Science stems from his experience with the connections technology can facilitate between people.

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