I am a second year masters student in Computer Science. I also work for a software development company which sponsors a scholarship that I want to apply to.
I was concerned about the ethical aspect of applying to this scholarship, I contacted the communications department via e-mail and asked if it is against the rules and/or unethical to apply. Response said that company employees can apply, which means, I can apply. The answer did not state anything about the second part of my question - would it be unethical?
I also know that the CEO of my company will be the head of sponsorship committee.
I know I have the highest average grade among students who can apply (it is 99%), I also have solid work experience and CV given my age. Criteria for deciding the scholarship are:
- CV (emphasis on professional experience);
- motivation letter.
I want to be honest and write what I want the scholarship for:
paying for some programming courses and certifications in technologies not related to my work, so there is 0 chance my company would pay for such courses; buying technical literature.
Possible negative consequences for me:
- CEO becomes offended and takes my letter as a hint that my salary is too small;
- CEO thinks I am rude and blunt and did not understand that applying would be unethical.
- CEO wanders why I want to learn technologies not used by our company
Possible positive consequences:
- This is a chance to show my CV and motivation letter to the CEO of a 400 person company and to have him notice me.
- I get the scholarship as well as recognition among colleagues and management. Combining work and masters studies is not that easy, and I have shown good results at both (shows I have time-management skill).
Should I just ignore this specific circumstance and write my motivation letter as if there was no connection between my employer and the scholarship? Or should I not even apply?