CS Scholarships established

The School is pleased to announce that two endowed scholarships have been established, thanks to generous contributions from our CS alums. 

The Jim Gray Scholarship in Computer Science

This scholarship was established in 2013 by CS alum Hanuma Kodavalla to pay tribute to renowned computer scientist, Jim Gray, who was lost at sea in 2007. Hanuma works at Microsoft and received a M.S. in Computer Science at UMass Amherst in 1988. The scholarship will provide support to first year CS graduate students pursuing research in the area of systems.

The Sudha and Rajesh Jha Scholarship

This scholarship was established by Sudha Mishra and Rajesh Jha in 2013. Rajesh graduated from UMass Amherst in 1990 with an M.S. in Computer Science and works at Microsoft. Sudha and Rajesh chose to establish a scholarship out of appreciation for the support Rajesh received while a CS student. Their scholarship will benefit first year graduate students studying Computer Science.

Donations of any amount are helpful to the CS community and are greatly appreciated.  Scholarships not only help students defray the cost of attending, but help attract the very brightest students to study here at UMass Amherst.  If you are interested in learning about how you can contribute to the School or to an existing scholarship, or establish one of your own, please contact Please contact Julie Stubbs at stubbs@cics.umass.edu or 413-545-1220. Or, you can make a gift online at www.cs.umass.edu/donate, or by check made out to UMass Amherst CICS and mailed to CICS Development, UMass Amherst, 140 Governors Drive, Amherst, MA 01003-9264.