CAHSI Student Scholars Leadership Program (SSLP)

A CAHSI Student Scholar (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 are eligible for this programThe 2022-23 cohort of CAHSI Scholars will be announced at the GMiS Conference in October 2022.  Interested applicants should first read all content regarding this program. There is a two-step process for this selection round:

  1. Each eligible CAHSI institution is encouraged to identify and invite prospective student applicants (undergraduate and/or graduate) to apply.  Those students who have been actively engaged with CAHSI and who have demonstrated exceptional achievement in technical knowledge and service to the community would be competitive candidates.  While a letter of recommendation provided by a CAHSI faculty or staff member is not a requirement, it is highly encouraged. Applications, including the optional letter of recommendation, are due by June 15 at midnight (Pacific Time). 

  2. Applications will be reviewed by a selection committee representing academia and industry. Finalists may be invited to a virtual interview.   

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 who are selected as finalists must sign an agreement with CAHSI indicating their commitment to serve as a CAHSI Scholar. This agreement affirms their commitment during the 2022-2023 academic year to:

  1. Develop a work plan with support from CAHSI leadership at the local and national (Backbone) level. This plan should utilize their expertise and experiences and create deliverables that they create or co-create with the overarching goal of advancing student success. These deliverables may take the form of a webinar, blog, office hours, guide, or something else. For example, possible blog topics include:  Getting ready for the technical interview, Overcoming Insecurities, Making the most of Networking. Work plans that establish efforts from a growth mindset are critical. Expected deliverables:  3x/academic year 
  2. Assist in supporting CAHSI-sponsored workshops or efforts at your institution. This could involve serving as a student ambassador at meetings and venues to encourage student involvement in CAHSI, and/or sharing perspectives as an underrepresented student in computing. 

Interested applicants should contact the Student Scholars Leadership Program (SSLP) representative in their region for the application link and to indicate interest in applying to this year’s round.  See this link.

Complete applications include the components listed below.  The first three items are submitted via an online form by the applicant. 

  1. Basic information (e.g., name, email address, institution, etc.)
  2. Current résumé
  3. Essay (not to exceed 1750 words in total)

The following is an optional component that is encouraged but not required:

   4. Letter of recommendation from a CAHSI faculty or staff member. This letter should be sent via email by the CAHSI faculty or staff member to

A panel of reviewers will select the CAHSI Student Scholars. Individuals who are selected as a CAHSI Student Scholar will receive a $2,000 monetary award with completion of their work plan. 
About SSLP

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 skills[1] 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. 
  4. Empower student leaders with platforms to further student success amongst their peers. 

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 articulate the challenges they have faced academically and their respective areas of growth in their essay response. 
  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. 

[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 enrolled at an eligible CAHSI institution should assemble an application that describes achievement in the aforementioned four core areas. Students who have two semesters (fall and spring) to commit to this program prior to graduating will be given preference.  Students need to coordinate their application to this program with their local SSLP Representative.  SSLP Representatives will provide applicants the link to apply for this program.  

Selection & Submission Process

Selection and Submission Process


  1. Students are encouraged to notify their SSLP representative by email regarding their interest in applying to this program.  SSLP representatives will provide the application link to students in their respective regions.  A letter of recommendation from a CAHSI faculty or staff member in support of the applicant is encouraged but not required.  Letters of recommendation should be emailed by the faculty or staff member to All application materials are due by June 15, 2022.              
  2. Complete applications that adhere to formatting requirements will be evaluated by a review panel. 
  3. CAHSI Scholar finalists may be invited to a virtual interview.
  4. Individuals who are selected as a CAHSI Student Scholar will be announced during the 2022 GMiS Conference in Pasadena.
  5. If selected as a CAHSI Scholar, excerpts from your application may be used in promotional material by CAHSI, assuming that you grant CAHSI permission. 

Application Components

  1. Basic Identification Form:  This is an online form that requests such information as name, email address, name of university/college, etc. This form is also the place to upload the résumé and essay.  
  2. Résumé:  Include your initials (not your full name), university name, degree or degrees if applicable, major or program, your (expected) graduation month and year. Briefly list and describe internships completed, jobs held, posters presented, publications, competitions entered, and workshops attended. Include any merit-based awards, competitions entered, certifications obtained, and/or recognitions that you have received during your college/graduate career.  Be sure to specifically identify the CAHSI initiatives that you have been engaged in and level of engagement.  Refer to Table 1 to view examples of programs/initiatives. Provide hyperlinks to descriptions of these commendations where available.  If you have obtained any certifications or credentials outside your academic program, briefly describe them.  Avoid using acronyms. Submit in Word format. 
  3. Responses to Essays:  We are interested in hearing about your completed efforts, future plans, and experiences that have challenged you to grow as a computing scholar in the form of an essay.  Please use the following questions as a guide in constructing your essay. Include these section headings in your essay response:  Past Efforts, Future Efforts, and Reflection.  Your essay should be no more than 1750 total words. Submit in Word format.  

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

  1. Engagement with CAHSI: Select two or three 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.  If you have spearheaded or engaged in efforts to address the challenges associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, be sure to describe those efforts. 
  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. 

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

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

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 small to sizable financial investment, as well as efforts that require short to longer term time investment.
  4. What would you do differently to improve opportunities or practices geared towards student success that you have participated in, or observed?

Submission Directions

  1. Your CAHSI SSLP representative will contact you and provide you the application link. Note that incomplete applications, or applications that do not follow the formatting requirements below will not be considered.
  2. Applications will be scored by the criteria listed in Scoring Criteria.
  3. You will receive a confirmation email when your submission has been received.

Formatting Requirements

  1. Use Arial 11-point font for your résumé and essay responses.
  2. Margins of your essay response document should be 1-inch.
  3. Use your initials in place of your name in your résumé. Do not include your name in your essay responses, only your initials.
  4. Save your document as a Word document using the following naming convention: <Initials of your full name>_Essay; and
    <Initials of your full name>_Resume
  5. For example, the naming convention for the documents associated with Esmeralda Olivas Sanchez would be: EOS_Essay and EOS_Resume.

Questions and Answers

Q: Is it acceptable to ask someone to review my essays and resume before I submit my application?
A: You are encouraged to have a second pair of eyes edit your submission but not revise your work.  For an explanation of the difference between the two, see the Purdue University online writing lab here.  Your university likely also operates a writing lab and your mentor may also serve as a resource to you.  You are expected to present work that is your own.

Q:  Where do I submit questions about this program?
A:  Questions about the CAHSI Scholars Leadership Program should be directed to or Andrea Tirres.

Q:  Is this program only open to CS or CE majors?
A: Yes. An exception may be granted.  Your CAHSI Scholar institutional representative should submit a letter of explanation to

Submit Application

Please obtain the application link from your SSLP Representative. 


Table 1: Examples of CAHSI-Supported Efforts

Other CAHSI efforts may be offered at your respective institution as the list below is not an exhaustive list.

Other:  Research  Conferences  Extracurricular Activities   Leadership  External Partner Opportunities 
  • Virtual REU 
  • Undergraduate Research 
  • GMiS Conference Participation 
  • Grace Hopper Conference Participation 
  • Google Latinx Student Leadership Summit 
  • NCWIT Summit
  • ACM 
  • ACM-W 
  • IEEE-CS 
  • SWE 
  • Upsilon Pi Epsilon (UPE) 
  • Problem-Solving Club 
  • CAHSI Student Advocates 
  • CAHSI Allyship Program  
  • Peer Led Team Learning (PLTL) 
  • Google Tech Exchange 
  • Google exploreCSR 
  • Microsoft TEALS volunteer 
  • Special Webinars 
  • Cybersecurity Workshops/Competitions  supported by Army, NSA, FBI or Sandia  
  • S-Stem scholarship program
  • Google Hardware Product Sprint (HPS) program




Scoring Criteria
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Session #1

Wednesday, May 4th @ 2pm MT

Session #2

Monday, May 9th @ 4:30pm MT