MARLBOROUGH, MA--(Marketwire - January 12, 2010) - BrainTrack, a widely referenced higher-education resource, today announced the Fall 2009 winners for its BrainTrack Computer Science Degree Scholarship (, a biannual scholarship for computer science degree students that is designed to help prospective students. The winners are Matthew Alexander Poulos of North Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC, who received the $1,000 first-place award, and Tara Srihari of Villanova University in Villanova, PA, who received a $500 second-place award.

"Our Computer Science Degree Scholarship program results in essays that we are publishing as student stories," said David Siegel, Vice President of Operations with BrainTrack's publisher, Futuremeld, LLC. "The collection of these stories gives those considering computer science degrees and careers the valuable experiences of current students to draw upon. The winners were based on the creativity and usefulness of their essays."

"A goal for me is to graduate debt free. This scholarship will help in achieving this goal," said BrainTrack Computer Science Degree Scholarship winner Matthew Alexander Poulos, who plans to graduate in 2012 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Science from North Carolina State University. His winning essay encouraged future students to explore all the technologies available before choosing a specific path, and to develop not just technical but interpersonal skills for success.

BrainTrack Computer Science Scholarship runner up Tara Srihari has completed three years towards her Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Science from Villanova University. In her essay, she recommended that future computer science students consider joining professional associations such as the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), and look into research and teaching positions available through the major's department.

A summary of useful tips offered by entrants, as well as the winning essay entries, are published in BrainTrack's Computer Science Student Stories section at:

About BrainTrack's Computer Science Scholarships for 2010

The Spring 2010 entry deadline for BrainTrack's ongoing Computer Science Degree Scholarship is March 1, 2010 and the Fall 2010 deadline is November 1, 2010. The scholarship asks entrants to respond to essay questions that are geared toward helping others evaluate computer science as a potential career path. BrainTrack publishes a selection of those essays which prove most helpful to future students.

The scholarship is open to current students with at least one semester of credits towards graduation with an appropriate degree in computer science. Studies can be full-time, part-time, on-campus, or online and must be at an accredited US college. There are no fees for entry and all entrant names and contact information will be kept private for use only in the scholarship, except for the winners whose names will be published.

For scholarship details and rules please see BrainTrack's Computer Science Schools section (

About BrainTrack

Online since 1996, BrainTrack ( is a worldwide university and college directory that lists more than 10,000 higher-education institutions in over 190 countries. The site helps visitors make academic and career decisions through its content, including thousands of original and detailed school profiles, guides to U.S. colleges by career, U.S. colleges by religion, articles on topics such as financial aid, and more. BrainTrack is referenced by thousands of sites, including major universities, libraries, government agencies, and publications. BrainTrack is produced and maintained by FutureMeld LLC.

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