The Purpose

The purpose of the YES (Young Entrepreneur and Scholar) program is to prepare academically talented students to enter the workforce or continue on to advanced studies in their field, following the completion of a baccalaureate degree in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) field.


Financial Support for Industry Mentorship/Internship Opportunities

The YES program supports 15 new students each year for 2 years. The student must meet the YES program's eligibility requirements each semester to participate in the program. Participation in the YES program is contingent on placement with an industry mentor.

Year 1: $5,000 scholarship ($2,500 fall/$2,500 spring) 10-15 hours/ week, paired with an industry mentor at the company's premises.

Year 2: Up to $17,500 stipend based on hours worked for the internship at the company's premises (summer up to 40 hours/week, fall/spring 15-20 hours/week). Continuation to Year 2 is contingent on the company/industry mentor's approval and the availability of funds.

Eligibility Requirements

  • US citizen, alien lawfully admitted to the US for the permanent residence, national of the US (as defined in section 101(a) of the Immigration and Nationality Act), or alien admitted as refugees under section 207 of the Immigration and Nationality Act.
  • Junior (completed 60 hours but less than 90 hours) in a Computer Science, Information Technology or Computer Engineering major. Transfer students must have been enrolled at UCF for at least 1 semester with a UCF cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • Must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher each semester.
  • Have at least 2 years left before graduating that includes fall and spring semesters.
  • Demonstration of financial need based on a completed FAFSA of at least $5000 for the academic year (fall/spring). This will only be required for year 1 of the program. (Note: The YES Scholarship may reduce any other financial awards. Check with the office of Financial Assistance if you have questions regarding the distribution of aid).
  • Full-time enrollment in classes at UCF (12 credit hours) during Fall & Spring.
  • Maintain a Computer Engineering, Computer Science or Information Technology major each semester to participate in the program.
  • Participation in the DOL-YES program for the second year is contingent on continuing to meet DOL-YES program eligibility requirements, approval from the industry mentor to continue the internship, and availability of funding.

Program Benefits

A YES Scholar recipient will have the following opportunities:


Participate as an intern in a company under the guidance of an industry mentor (YES Internship/Entrepreneurship path).

Attend the YES Distinguished Lecture Series, where the YES scholar will have the opportunity to attend the lecture and engage in conversation with a distinguished guest from academia or the government/industry sector.

Be part of the YES learning community (connects YES students, faculty, industry representatives, UCF staff).

Participate in the YES Annual Symposium, where a YES scholar will have the opportunity to showcase their experiences obtained from the internship activities.

Participate in workshops and presentations.

YES Program Sponsors

YES is a S-STEM project funded by the National Science Foundation.

U.S. Department of Labor H1-B Technical Skills Training and Jobs Accelerator Grant

Florida IT Performance Fund

Workforce Central Florida

UCF Office of Research and Commercialization

Two students describe their experience in this YES video.

Partial support for this work was provided by the National Science Foundation Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (S-STEM) program under Award No. 0806931. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.