If you are an undergraduate or graduate cybersecurity student at University of Maryland University College, you may be eligible to apply for a full scholarship under the U.S. Department of Defense's Information Assurance Scholarship Program.

The deadline to apply for the scholarship is January 21, 2018, at 11:59 p.m.

Eligibility

To qualify as a candidate for the Information Assurance Scholarship Program at UMUC, you must meet all of the following requirements:

  • Be 18 years of age or older
  • Be a citizen of the United States at the time of application
  • Be enrolled or accepted for enrollment at UMUC; if selected to receive the scholarship, you must enroll for courses at a full-time status
  • Hold a minimum GPA of 3.2 as an undergraduate student or 3.5 as a graduate student
  • Have completed (or by August 2018 will have completed) at least the first two years of an undergraduate degree program and be eligible to
    • Begin either the third or fourth year of an undergraduate degree program
    • Begin the first or second year of a master's degree program
    • Pursue doctoral studies
  • Be pursuing a course of study and/or have a declared major in one of the scientific, technical, or managerial disciplines related to cybersecurity or with a concentration in cybersecurity

Current employees of the U.S. Department of Defense, Federal employees, active-duty military servicemembers, members of the Reserves and National Guard, and students with an existing service obligation are not eligible to apply for the Information Assurance Scholarship Program.

Application Deadline

The deadline to submit the scholarship application and the supplemental materials listed in the scholarship application content requirements is January 21, 2018, at 11:59 p.m.

Application Instructions

Submit your application package directly to the Center for Security Studies at UMUC at css@umuc.edu. Your application and supporting information must be received via e-mail in one file. Please zip your files, saved in PDF format, with the following zip file name: LAST NAME_First Name_UMUC.

Late or incomplete applications will not be considered for the scholarship opportunity. No exceptions will be granted.

Please allow sufficient time to complete the application, as it is very detailed and requires a significant amount of supplemental content, including an essay, a resume, two letters of reference, and official transcripts sent by the university.

Award Information

Students selected as Information Assurance 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. Disabled students may receive additional allowances.

During breaks in the academic year, student awardees will participate in internships with the U.S. Department of Defense.

Service Requirement

Students selected as Information Assurance Scholars will be required to complete one year of service to the U.S. Department of Defense, upon graduation, for each year of the scholarship received. There is also an option to fulfill this requirement through military service.

About the Information Assurance Scholarship Program

To learn more about the Information Assurance Scholarship Program, including award disbursement and renewal, service requirements, internship experience, and post-graduation employment opportunities, please see the official scholarship application and the scholarship application content requirements.

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

Note: UMUC has been designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance and Cyber Defense Education by the National Security Agency and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. This designation allows the U.S. Department of Defense to offer this scholarship opportunity to UMUC students.

FAQs: Application Information

When is the application deadline for the Information Assurance Scholarship Program? +

All student applications for this program must be received by January 21, 2018, at 11:59 p.m. Applications submitted in the wrong format, using wrong forms, or missing items will be deemed incomplete and will not be considered for the scholarship. 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 on official letterhead and contain the full name and contact information (phone, e-mail, and mailing address) of the recommenders.

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 UMUC.

Graduate Students

Jennifer Hull
University of Maryland University College
The Graduate School, Cybersecurity
3501 University Boulevard East
Adelphi, MD 20783

Undergraduate Students

Kimberley Doyle
University of Maryland University College
The Undergraduate School, CITE
3501 University Boulevard East
Adelphi, MD 20783

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

Please see UMUC'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 Information Assurance 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.

FAQs: Eligibility Restrictions

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 Information Assurance 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 Information Assurance 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.

FAQs: Internship and Service Requirements

What are the internship requirements for the Information Assurance Scholarship Program? +

Students will be required to serve in internship positions, if timing permits, 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 Information Assurance Scholarship Program? +

Students selected as Information Assurance 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.