Thomas J. Watson Memorial Scholarship Program

The Thomas J. Watson Memorial Scholarship Program is a program that recognizes academic excellence among high school students planning to pursue a traditional baccalaureate degree at an accredited four-year college, university or military academy in the United States. Awards for colleges or universities range from $2,000 to $8,000 per year, with the amount based on financial need. The amount for military academies is fixed as a one-time award of $2,000.

Your child may submit an application if you are:

Surviving dependents of deceased employees are also eligible as long as the children continue to be eligible for IBM health benefits coverage. Certain other children may be eligible if they meet specific criteria; call the Employee Services Center at 1-800-796-9876 (TTY: 1-800-426-6537) for details.

How to apply
Applications will be accepted for the 2014 Watson Scholarship program beginning in September of this year.

Step 1: Students log on to, register/obtain a User ID and complete the application. As the application includes a secondary school information section, which the high school official must complete, students must enter the high school official’s contact information.

The applications must be completed and submitted no later than December 1, 2013.

Step 2: Take the ACT or SAT. The ACT or SAT may be taken as often as desired; however, the latest admissible test date for the Watson Scholarship is October 26, 2013 for ACT and November 2, 2013 for the SAT. The highest combined (verbal and math) SAT score on one test will be considered. Scores must be reported directly on the Watson application by the school official who submits the application to ISTS.

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For additional questions, please call the ISTS office at 1-855-670-ISTS (4787)

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