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 2015 Watson Scholarship program beginning in September of this year.

Step 1: Students log on to, register/obtain a User ID and complete the application. The applications must be completed and submitted no later than December 15, 2014.

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 25, 2014 for ACT and November 8, 2014 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.

Testing agency Web sites

For additional questions, please contact ISTS 866-258-0625 or

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