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What is the Amazon Future Engineer Scholarship

The Amazon Future Engineer Scholarship awards $40,000 ($10,000 for each of the 4 years of college). It also gives recipients a programming internship at Amazon the summer after their freshman year of college. In this blog post I talk about how I won the Amazon Future Engineer scholarship and more information about the program. They sent me lots of PDFs with information about the program, so I am including some of that information down below too.

As of 2023, they are accepting 400 students each year for the Amazon Future Engineer scholarship. Many websites say that on average 4,000 high schoolers apply for this scholarship every year. In 2022, 250 students were selected for the Amazon Future Engineer Scholarship. Prior to 2022, only 100 people received the Amazon Future Engineer scholarship each year.

How much does Amazon Future Engineer pay?

My stipend as an Amazon Future Engineer intern this summer is going to be $9,138 a month in Bellevue Washington.

Is Amazon Future Engineer Scholarship real?

The Amazon Fututre Engineer Scholarship is a real scholarship for students interested in computer science. It awards $40,000 ($10,000 each of the four years of college) and a programming internship at Amazon after your freshman year of college. Students are also eligible for a return offer.

About the Amazon Future Engineer internship

You’ll work embedded on a software engineering team with a manager and mentor to
support your growth. You’ll be assigned a project to complete on your own or with a small team of fellow
interns that has a real impact on your team or Amazon customers. You’ll get to ship
code to production at Amazon after just your freshman year! The first few weeks usually
consist of creating a design document or writing a project plan, and the remainder of
the internship is left to work on developing your project.

Your fellow AFE interns will be your support system. You’ll be connected to them
through Slack channels, events, and your project and you’ll be there to support each
other through challenges and successes.

According to a PDF I was sent at the end of your AFE internship, interns will meet with their manager to discuss how they’ve
grown and can be eligible to return to Amazon for a second internship the following
year. As an Amazon intern, you also get access to programs like ML University, Amazon intern
hackathons, and resources to learn about AWS. There are additional AFE perks such as
exclusive talks, hackathons, an assigned Amazon mentor, and swag/ goodies.

Q: What kinds of projects do interns work on?
A: The AFE internship is a computer science internship that help prepare AFE interns for a
Software Engineering (SDE) job at Amazon or any other company. Interns work on a variety of
projects across Amazon. What all projects have in common is that you’ll be working on
products that impact Amazon teams or customers and that the project will be scoped with your
level of expertise in mind. You may work on something like Amazon’s devices (Alexa, kindle
etc.), Prime Video, our consumer business (the amazon.com site), Amazon Web Services, or
some of the central business units that power internal Amazon workings.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Ask your AFE pal to describe their project!
Q: How can I meet other AFE interns & scholarship recipients before the internship starts?
A: Join the unofficial Amazon Future Engineer Discord Server where you can talk to fellow
cohort members or previous AFE Scholars!
Permanent Discord Link: https://discord.gg/kPj28d8
Q: Is there any preparation I need to do beforehand? How should I prepare for the
internship?
A: The AFE internship is designed for a college freshman majoring in computer science and
there’s no pre-requisites you need to do ahead of time – just take the intro level CS classes that
you need to take for your major! Your team at Amazon will be prepared to help train you up on
any specific skills and coding languages you will need for your project once you get to Amazon.
That being said, some former interns have recommended taking Data Structures and getting
exposure to Git, AWS Services, and potentially Front-end tools like React if you have time
during the school year because those can really help you prepare.
Ask your AFE Pal for their experiences with this as well!

 

Q: Is the internship required in order to maintain the scholarship?
A: Nope! The internship is optional and you do not need to participate in the internship in order
to maintain the scholarship award. That being said, it’s an incredible opportunity and we really
hope you participate!
Q: When/Where will the internship be held?
A: Internship locations will be shared in early 2023 when you receive your offer letter. If you
need to relocate for the internship, your transportation to and from your work location will be
covered by Amazon.
Q: How long is the internship and when are the specific start dates?
A: The internship is 12 weeks long and specific start dates will be shared after you accept your
initial offer. This is a summer internship offer only, and there will be start dates available to
match any university schedule.
Q: How many hours a week will I be working and how much will I be paid?
A: The typical work week is 40 hours and payment details will be shared through your offer
letter.
Q: How will housing work (will it be provided or will I have to find it
independently)?
A: You will receive a housing stipend to cover housing costs. Details will be sent in your offer
package in early 2023. There are a variety of intern groups to connect and find housing
together.
Q: Does Amazon cover travel to/ from my work location?
A: Yes! Amazon will book a flight to and from your work location. Details will be sent in your
offer package in early 2023. Once you’re at the office, you also receive a variety of commuter
benefits to get to the office each day.

 

How to win the Amazon Future Engineer Scholarship

Ethnicity/interests that won me the Amazon Future Engineer Scholarship

For my ethnicity, I put I was Hispanic or Latino. For my field of study I put Science/Math/Technology. My GPA was a 3.90 at the time of applying as well. See the below screenshot.

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My stats and financial info that won me the Amazon Future Engineer Scholarship

I submitted my mother’s financial aid information who makes $65,000 a year. The below screenshot is what I put for the financial section of the application.

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For my grades, I received 3Bs in my freshman year second semester and the rest were As on the transcript that I submitted to them. This link contains a copy of my transcript. I also submitted to them my 1480 on the SAT (750 reading, 730 math). The high school I went to is also selective and prestigious which might have helped.

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In addition, the application also has a section that asks you to put your first preference college/dream school is or you can put the college you will be attending. At the time of applying for this scholarship, I hadn’t heard back from any colleges yet since I applied regular decision everywhere, so I put Stanford University because that is my dream school. Application readers might have interpreted this as me saying I will be going to Stanford. Who knows? Maybe they just liked my ambition that I put Stanford. I guess this shows it might help your scholarship application to put a reach school that is good in computer science!

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My extracurriculars and awards

I didn’t put any descriptions for the extracurriculars I did since there was no room to, so they didn’t have any descriptions of what I actually did in my extracurriculars. All they had was the title of what I had done as you can see in the screenshots below:

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amazon future engineer scholarship

If you’re looking at my award in the screenshot above and are wondering what a National Honorable Mention from NCWIT is, it’s basically a computer science award that high school girls apply for. The award is based on aspirations and involvement in computing. The National Honorable Mention was an 11% acceptance rate. It was 360 chosen out of 3600. Note that this wasn’t the highest possible award that NCWIT offers (the national honorable mention was the second highest). They have a National Winner one which is 50 chosen out of 3600.

In addition, I believe something that really helped my application was the fact that on the website I created that helps high schoolers find internships, I put that I had over 30,000 registered users on my website.

 

The essays that won me the Amazon Future Engineer scholarship

First prompt:

Describe your career goals and aspirations. How do you plan to use your computer science degree to accomplish your goals? (1000 character limit including spaces).

My response:

My passion is helping others and my fields of interest grew around this base. Ever since I was little I have wanted to be an elected official. I have always felt like it would be so fulfilling to serve people every day while being able to help any field by changing policies of that field. Politics is something I want to get more involved in. I also love computer science because I have seen how it can influence any field. I am drawn to entrepreneurship as well because I have seen how it can help solve real-world problems fast. I envision myself making use of programming in order to aid my marketing efforts, whether it be for my own entrepreneurial venture or my political campaign for office. Many marketing softwares are built using programming. Because of my desire to help others, I will continue to use computer science to accomplish any end goal I want, whether it be getting involved in research or building a website or app for a problem I believe in.
Second prompt:
At Amazon, we have 16 leadership principles that we use to drive our business. Every software engineer is expected to “think big” and demonstrate “customer obsession”. To demonstrate your ability to think big and have customer obsession, pick a big problem in your school or your community that you think could be solved with the help of computer science. Describe the problem, the impact it has, and describe your “think big” solution that uses computer science tools. (1000 character limit including spaces).
My response:
A problem I see is a lack of youth involvement in the community and in extracurriculars. When people are young they should be encouraged to be hardworking and involved. When people are young they are easier to change. With the help of the website developer I intern for, I coded horizonworldwide.org, a website that helps high schoolers find internships. Recently, I have landed a marketing internship for Scaling Savages. I was looking for a marketing internship to help me scale my website. My supervisor here has a software that scrapes leads off of social media and messages them. We are also building up the social media accounts for my website. He said that I could get involved with coding for other marketing softwares, which includes doing Python. He said that he could compensate me for doing work for him by helping me scale my website. We have to utilize customer obsession when thinking about who would be most effective to target when finding leads using these softwares.
There was also an unusual circumstances section that was optional and that I left blank. This section says: Please describe how and when any unusual family or personal circumstances have affected your achievement in school, work experience, or your participation in school and community activities. (1000 character limit including spaces).

The recommendation letter that won me the scholarship

The application says that they only want a teacher recommendation, but I felt that my teachers didn’t know me well enough to write me a good recommendation so I emailed the Amazon Future Engineer email and asked them if I could get a recommendation from my website development supervisor and they said yes, so that’s where I got my recommendation. Here is the link to it.
Other resources:
Reading my guide on what qualities colleges look for can help you with writing application essays for scholarships and colleges because you will want to show these qualities throughout applications. You can also read my post on the best colleges for computer science.
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