CAHSI Scholars

About Cahsi Scholars

CAHSI Student Scholars Leadership Program (SSLP)

A CAHSI Scholar is a student who exemplifies a spirit of tech exploration, inclusiveness, and community. CAHSI invites undergraduate students as well as graduate students who are pursuing a degree in a computing field and who have demonstrated exceptional achievement in technical knowledge and service to the community to apply for this recognition. The first cohort of CAHSI Scholars will be announced at the HENAAC Conference in Pasadena in October 2018. Interested applicants should first read all content regarding this program. The first round of applications is open to students from a founding CAHSI institution (CSU-DH, FIU, NMSU, TAMU-CC, UHD, UPRM, and UTEP).

In order to be considered as a CAHSI Scholar, one should demonstrate excellence in four core areas: professional development, scholarly achievements, community outreach, and co-curricular or extracurricular activities. Past accomplishments and future plans/strategies for progress in these areas should complement CAHSI’s stated goals and vision. Students that are selected as CAHSI Scholars agree to amplify the efforts of CAHSI in two or more of the following ways as long as they remain an undergraduate or graduate student:

  1. Write a reflection piece (e.g., blog, wiki, student newsletter article) at least once per academic year about featured experience(s) and/or ideas that would provide an interesting perspective to other CAHSI students, advisors, or supporters. For example, a possible blog topic is, What you would do to improve the enrollment, persistence, graduation, and/or career fulfillment of Hispanics and other underrepresented minorities in computing?
  2. Participate in CAHSI leadership team sessions during the annual HENAAC Conference.
  3. Assist in supporting CAHSI-sponsored workshops or efforts at your institution. This could include serving as a student ambassador at meetings and venues to encourage student involvement in CAHSI.

Completed applications received by September 3, 2018, will be reviewed by a panel of reviewers. Complete applications include submission of the following:

  1. Basic Identification Form (online form)
  2. Current Resume
  3. Essays (not to exceed 5 total pages in length)



CAHSI is an inclusive consortium of institutions and individuals committed to creating a unified voice and consolidating their strengths and resources to increase the number of Hispanics who pursue and complete baccalaureate and advanced degrees in computing areas.

Our Vision

By 2030, Hispanics will represent 20% or more of those who earn credentials in computing. CAHSI’s mission is to grow and sustain a networked community committed to recruiting, retaining, and accelerating the progress of Hispanics in computing.

Our Common Goals

  • Challenge students’ knowledge, skills, and abilities so that they are positioned to thrive in the workforce;
  • Support pedagogical and professional growth for those who can impact Hispanics;
  • Expand meaningful partnerships that align with strategic regional and national efforts; and
  • Inform policy through evidence.

We believe:

  • In preparing Hispanic students with the technical qualifications and real-world experiences to shape the future of computing.
  • In growing a geographically dispersed network of partners to achieve lasting results.
  • That inclusiveness must accompany diversity.

The Computing Alliance of Hispanic-Serving Institutions (CAHSI) was formed in 2004 as a grassroots effort to increase the number of Hispanic students who pursue and complete baccalaureate and advanced degrees in the Computer and Information Sciences and Engineering (CISE) areas. The Alliance is continually informed and enhanced through social science research and reflection of promising practices.

CAHSI Core Purpose

The core purpose of CAHSI is to create a unified voice in an effort to consolidate the strengths, resources, and concerns of CAHSI institutions that are committed to increase the number of Hispanics who pursue and complete baccalaureate and advanced degrees in computing areas. The core purpose provides the fundamental reason for the Alliance’s existence while guiding and inspiring the organization.

About Scholars Program

About the Student Scholars Leadership Program

A CAHSI Scholar advocates for the Alliance and excels in these areas:

  1. Continuous professional and academic development as evidenced by a range of 21st century skills1 and content knowledge.
  2. Community engagement that is centered on promotion of diversity and inclusiveness with respect to culture, diverse perspectives, disabilities, ethnic origin, gender, and sexual orientation.
  3. Social impact that bridges social needs or problems with tech-based or tech-inspired solutions.

Purpose of the CAHSI Scholar Designation:

  1. Position students to respond to the challenges and opportunities in the tech world in an informed and purposeful way so that they are better prepared as the next generation of leaders in computing.
  2. Recognize students who have made significant contributions to their community whether that be their school community, neighborhood community, online community, or other conceived community.
  3. Promote the breadth of talent at CAHSI institutions.

Application Summary

Core Areas of Application

  1. Professional Development

    This can include participation in CAHSI-led workshops or other workshops offered via conferences, industry, or associations (e.g., ARG, Writing, How to Sell Yourself and Your Ideas).

  2. Scholarly Achievements

    These achievements may extend beyond GPA and merit-based awards (e.g., competitions, certifications, recognitions). Individuals should have a GPA of 3.2 or higher. Individuals who have an overall GPA below this mark and wish to be considered as a CAHSI Scholar should be able to articulate the challenges they have faced academically and their respective areas of growth.

  3. Community Outreach

    This may include engagement with K-12, study groups, tutoring, and/or mentoring.

  4. Co-curricular or extracurricular activities.

    This may be evidenced but not limited to undergraduate research, internships/externships, and other related efforts. Possible emphasis on specialties.

For the 2018-19 academic year, applications will be considered from undergraduate or graduate students attending one of the founding CAHSI institutions: California State University-Dominguez Hills (CSU-DH), Florida International University (FIU), New Mexico State University (NMSU), Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (TAMU-CC), University of Houston-Downtown (UHD), University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez (UPRM), and the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP). After the first cohort of CAHSI Scholars is selected, future application rounds will be expanded to other CAHSI institutions.

1. “The term “21st century skills” is refer to a range of abilities and competencies that go beyond what has traditionally been taught in the classroom, including problem solving, communication, collaboration, creativity, innovation. CAHSI includes systems thinking in this array of skills.



An undergraduate or graduate student seeking a CAHSI Scholar designation should assemble an application that describes achievement in the aforementioned four core areas. Generally speaking, students should be engaged with CAHSI for at least two years before submitting a portfolio for consideration. In addition, all applications should be reviewed and endorsed by a member of the CAHSI Leadership Team before submission.


Application Process Details

Please review the application below and submit your application once you have all required responses ready for submission. Partial responses cannot be saved and returned to for later completion.

Provide your GPA as calculated by your institution. If your GPA falls below a 3.2, please provide comment on how you plan to raise your GPA and what led to your current GPA.

Include any merit-based awards, competitions entered, certifications obtained, and/or recognitions that you have received during your college/graduate career. Provide hyperlinks to descriptions of these commendations where available. Avoid using acronyms. If you have obtained any certifications or credentials outside your academic program, briefly describe those. Briefly list and describe internships completed, jobs held, posters presented, competitions entered, workshops attended, and any other experience that has challenged you to grow as a computing scholar.

Your essay should include the following section headings: Past Efforts, Future Efforts, and Reflection. Please be sure that your essay responds to the descriptions provided below. The length of the essay must not exceed five (5) pages. Applications will not be reviewed if the essay exceeds the page limit. Do NOT include your name on the essay,

Save your essay file using the following naming convention: 2018<initials>.pdf

Format your essay using these guidelines: use Arial font and a minimum font size of 11 point; keep margins at 1 inch; number each page; and in general, use double-spacing throughout document.

Section 1 Past Efforts:
What have you done to better yourself, to support others, and to advance the community?

  1. Engagement with CAHSI. Select one or two CAHSI-sponsored opportunities or practices that you have been engaged in that has positively impacted your development as a learner or leader. Identify the opportunity/practice and briefly describe your engagement. How did engagement in this opportunity or practice impact you?
  2. Community Outreach. Describe meaningful direct service to your community that you have undertaken during your college/graduate career. State whether service work was independent or sponsored by another entity, your motivation for entering service work, names of organization/community being served, length of service, frequency of service, and outcomes/outputs of service.
  3. Co-curricular or extracurricular activities. List and briefly explain the activities outside of required coursework for your degree plan that you have been involved with during your college/graduate career. Include leadership positions, where applicable.

Section 2 Future Efforts:
What plans or strategies do you have to positively impact the recruitment, retainment, and advancement of Hispanics in computing?

  1. What action have you taken to move these strategies or plans forward?
  2. Who or what motivates you to move these strategies or plans forward?

Section 3 Reflection:
Who are you?

  1. What have you learned about yourself since being engaged with CAHSI?
  2. What would you do differently to improve opportunities or practices geared towards student success that you have participated in, or observed?
  3. What kind of culture have you created or do you hope to create in your learning and/or work environment? Consider efforts that span from little to sizable financial investment as well as efforts that require brief time commitments to longer term time investment.

Submission Process

Submission and Selection Process

  1. Submit your application via the CAHSI webiste by Monday, September 3, 2018. Any application that does not contain the sections identified in the Application Process above and do not follow the formatting requirements will not be considered
  2. Applications will be scored by criteria listed in Appendix A.
  3. You will receive a confirmation email when your submission has been received.
  4. Applications will be reviewed by a panel of CAHSI faculty and industry leaders. To reduce bias, CASHI faculty will not score applications submitted by students from their affiliated university.
  5. Individuals who are selected as a CAHSI Scholar and who show exceptional achievement in leadership, community service, or innovation may be considered for a special designation and monetary award.
  6. Individuals who are selected as a CAHSI Scholar will be announced and pinned at the 2018 HENAAC Conference in Pasadena.
  7. If selected as a CAHSI Scholar, excerpts from your application may be used in promotional material by CAHSI, unless the applicant indicates sensitive information in the application that should not be disseminated.


Questions about the CAHSI Scholars Leadership Program should be directed to Responses to questions that would benefit the pool of applicants will be posted here.

Addendum to CAHSI Student Scholars Leadership Program Announcement (as of 8/29/18)

If there is an applicant whose major is not in a computing field but who otherwise meets the program criteria earlier described and below, the nominating faculty member should submit a letter of endorsement explaining the nomination of their student. The letter of endorsement should be emailed to by September 3, 2018. The applicant should submit a full application by September 3, 2018.

Extenuating Considerations:
-Minor is in a computing field
-Major field of work is tied to computing
-Student has an established history with CAHSI