If you are an undergraduate junior, undergraduate senior, master's, or doctoral student at University of Maryland Global Campus, you may be eligible to apply for a full scholarship opportunity thanks to the U.S. Department of Defense's Cyber Scholarship Program.

The application deadline for fall 2021 scholarships is January 25, 2021 at 11:59 p.m.

Eligibility

To qualify as a candidate for the Cyber Scholarship Program, you must meet all of the following requirements at the time of your application:

  • Be 18 years of age or older
  • Be a citizen of the United States or a permanent resident
  • Be enrolled or accepted for enrollment at UMGC; for the upcoming semester, you must be
    • A rising second-year student at a NCAE-C community college who will be transitioning to a UMGC bachelor’s degree program
    • An undergraduate junior or senior at UMGC (if you are a sophomore at UMGC and will be a junior in the fall 2021 term, you are eligible to apply)
    • A UMGC master's student
    • A UMGC doctoral student
  • Hold a minimum GPA of 3.2 as an undergraduate student or 3.5 as a graduate student
  • Provide official transcripts
  • Pursuing a degree in cybersecurity, computer science, or a related field, with a program completion after December 2021

How to Apply

  • Complete the Cyber Scholarship Program application

  • Complete the supplemental materials listed in the application; the resume must follow the specific DoD template

  • Create one zip file containing the application and supplemental materials, all saved in PDF format

    • The zip file should be named in the following format: LASTNAME_FirstName_UMGC

  • Submit this zip file to css@umgc.edu

Please allow sufficient time to complete the application, as it is very detailed and requires a significant amount of supplemental content, including a personal statement, resume, two letters of reference, and possibly additional documentation.

Application Deadline

The application deadline for fall 2021 scholarships is January 25, 2021 at 11:59 p.m.

Late or incomplete entries will not be accepted.

Award Information

Students selected as Cyber Scholars will receive scholarships covering the full cost of tuition, course-required materials, required fees, and a stipend. The stipend levels are $25,000 for undergraduate students and $30,000 for graduate students.

Scholarship Renewal

Additional years of scholarship awards are dependent upon satisfactory academic progress, internship performance, if applicable, and the availability of funds. Returning students will be given first priority over new students to the program as long as they continue to meet the Cyber Scholarship Program requirements and appropriate funding is available.

Department of Defense Internship, Employment, and Service Requirement

  • Internship: As part of the Cyber Scholarship Program, you will receive hands-on cyber-related internship experience during breaks in your studies.

  • Employment/Service Requirement: Cyber Scholars will be required to complete one year of service to the Department of Defense, upon graduation, for each year or partial year of the scholarship received. There is also an option to fulfill this requirement through military service.

About the Cyber Scholarship Program

This program is executed by the National Information Assurance Education and Training Program of the National Security Agency, on behalf of the Department of Defense. The Center for Security Studies at UMGC is the point of contact for students at UMGC who wish to apply for the scholarship program.

You can review the scholarship application or the supplemental documents at any time on the Department of Defense website. If you have any questions, please e-mail css@umgc.edu and include "CySP Scholarship" in the subject line.

Cyber Security Program Designation

UMGC has been designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance and Cyber Defense Education by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security and as a National Center of Digital Forensics Academic Excellence by the Defense Cyber Crime Center Academic Cyber Curriculum Alliance.

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Please note: This designation allows the Department of Defense to offer this scholarship opportunity to UMGC students.

FAQs: Application Information

When is the application deadline for the Cyber Scholarship Program? +

Applications for this program must be submitted by January 25, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. EST in the appropriate format to css@umgc.edu. Applications submitted in the wrong format, using wrong forms, or missing items will be deemed incomplete and will not be considered for the scholarship opportunity. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered for the scholarship opportunity. No exceptions will be granted.

Who can write references letters on my behalf? +

To complete your application, you will need two letters of reference. Your first letter must be from a current faculty member. Your second letter must be from either a current or former faculty member or a current or former supervisor.

Recommenders must be fully knowledgeable of your potential for successful learning, your knowledge, and your ability. Letters must be an original version (not a copy), on official company/institution letterhead, include full contact information (full name, mailing address, phone number, e-mail address) and must be signed by the author. E-mailed letters will not be accepted.

How will I submit my original transcripts for the purposes of this scholarship application? +

You will have to scan your transcripts and include them in your application file. Forward the original transcripts to your appropriate contact at UMGC. Please provide the official transcript that shows your stated GPA (no rounding).

Jennifer Hull, Academic Program Specialist
Cybersecurity and Information Technology
University of Maryland Global Campus
3501 University Boulevard East
Adelphi, MD 20783

Who is considered a full-time student at UMGC? +

Please see UMGC's policy on Student Academic Load And Enrollment Status to find out how many credits undergraduate and graduate students need to take per semester to be considered full-time students.

Does the Cyber Scholarship Program have a renewal process for awardees? +

Contingent on adequate funding appropriations, it is anticipated that successful scholarship recipients will receive follow-on support to complete their degree program. Returning students will be required to reapply each year by submitting the entire student application, one copy of their official transcript (reflecting maintenance of the required grade point average) and an endorsement/recommendation letter from the principal investigator.

I already have a resume that is formatted differently than the DoD template. Can I submit it along with my application? +

No. Resumes must be on the resume template and should be limited to 2 pages. At minimum, the resume should include the following information:

  • Education: Degrees, institutions, location, date of graduation (or expected date of graduation), major/minor fields, and GPA.

  • Experience: Jobs, internships, and/or volunteer work, include name of company, position, and dates employed. List at least three important tasks, accomplishments, or skills gained at each job. Also identify any clearance level you hold. It is important that you identify the number of hours per week you worked.

  • Skills: Include computer systems, programs in which you are proficient, foreign , and any other skills and certifications you may hold.

FAQs: Eligibility Restrictions

I am not a U.S. citizen. Can I still apply for the Cyber Scholarship Program? +

No. Only U.S. citizens or permanent residents can apply.

I am a current member of the military, employee of the U.S. Department of Defense, or other Federal employee. Am I eligible to apply for the Cyber Scholarship Program? +

No. According to the scholarship program's rules and regulations, current U.S. Department of Defense employees and other Federal employees, active-duty military servicemembers and Reserves and Guard members, and students with an existing service obligation are not eligible to apply.

Traditional Guard and Reserves members are eligible to apply. This category refers to those who may only put the uniform on during the weekend. An example is someone who works for a regular company but goes to a military base one weekend a month to perform his or her Guard or Reserves duties. Students in this category are eligible to apply for the scholarship program.

I am a Federal contractor. Can I still apply for the Cyber Scholarship Program? +

Current U.S. Department of Defense employees and other Federal employees, active-duty military servicemembers and Reserves and Guard members, and students with an existing service obligation are not eligible to apply. If you do not fit this description, you can apply as a contractor.

I only have one term left at UMGC. Can I still apply for the Cyber Scholarship Program? +

No. You must have at least one full academic year remaining in your degree program to apply.

FAQs: Internship and Service Requirements

What are the internship requirements for the Cyber Scholarship Program? +

Students will be required to serve in internship positions with the U.S. Department of Defense while they are receiving scholarship support until they complete the course of study provided for by the scholarship. These internships will be arranged by the U.S. Department of Defense to occur during the summer or other breaks between school terms, as appropriate to the individual’s circumstances and the institution’s calendar. The internship does not count toward satisfying the period of obligated service incurred by accepting the scholarship.

What are the service requirements for the Cyber Scholarship Program? +

Students selected as Cyber Scholars will be required to complete one year of service to the U.S. Department of Defense, upon graduation, for each year of scholarship received.

There is also an option to fulfill this requirement through military service. Individuals choosing to enlist or accept a commission to serve on active duty in the military shall incur a service obligation of a minimum of four years on active duty in that service upon graduation. The military may establish a service obligation longer than four years, depending on the occupational specialty and type of enlistment or commissioning program selected.

Scholarship payback for traditional Guard and Reserves members is two years of service for each year of scholarship received.

Candidates who are applying for this program should understand up front that they may make a higher salary outside of this program. Before you sign the application form, remember that you could potentially receive a lesser salary than what is offered for commercial or contracting jobs.

What are possible changes to my current lifestyle that I should consider? +

You should consider the following when applying:

  • Am I willing to move away from my family or hometown for the summer internship and/or my final DoD placement?

  • Am I willing to move my family to a new city/state for the summer internship and/or my final DoD placement?

  • Am I willing to quit a current non-Federal job to accept the scholarship?

  • Is there a life event happening in the next few months that will prevent me from performing my service obligation (marriage, birth, etc.)?

  • Am I willing to accept the scholarship and DoD commitment, considering salary levels may not be the same as which I am currently making?

In thinking about the salary considerations, be sure to factor in salary, benefits, and the fact that you won’t have to pay large student loans.