The Deloitte Cybersecurity Award

Deloitte LLP is offering merit-based scholarships to outstanding masters level students who are pursuing fields of study in cybersecurity and cybersecurity policy at University of Maryland University College (UMUC). 

Eligibility Criteria 

Deloitte LLP and UMUC welcome applications from all qualified candidates. To apply for this scholarship award, applicants must:  

  • Have completed at least 12 credits as a current graduate student enrolled in the Cybersecurity or Cybersecurity Policy program at UMUC.
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 3.50.
  • Plan to enroll and complete at least 6 credits during the Fall 2013 term.

Application Details and Process

How to Apply 

Applicants must submit the following items as a single file via e-mail to:

  • A completed Deloitte Cybersecurity Award Application.
    Note: Incomplete applications will not be considered.  Please make sure all information is submitted together. 
  • Copy of current UMUC transcript.
  • Copy of current résumé.
  • 1 page letter of interest that includes a discussion of the applicant’s short-term and long-term career goals. The letter of interest should also answer how the applicant’s academic background and/or prior work history, coupled with a graduate degree in cybersecurity or cybersecurity policy will aid the applicant in achieving his/her goals.
  • A 750 word essay. Select a question from the following questions and prepare a 750 word essay.
    1. Emerging technologies and trends such as cloud computing, bring-your-own-device (BYOD), and mobile security provide unique challenges to an effective cybersecurity program.  Describe how an effective cybersecurity program could address these issues while keeping pace with new trends.
    2. Securing our nation’s critical infrastructure is among the most vital issues we face.  From a cybersecurity perspective, what changes do the public and private sector need to make to protect the most at-risk critical infrastructures—and our national and economic security?  What leading practices do you feel will meet this need?  How can they be implemented more effectively—or differently?
    3. Recent reports indicate foreign nations are targeting U.S. companies and agencies through cyberattacks.  How can these attacks impact the missions and effectiveness of the targets and how can we best realistically mitigate these threats?
    4. To keep up with rapidly evolving cybersecurity foundations and procedures, the cyber mission requires professionals with specific competencies and ongoing training needs. What are some of the key challenges facing an effective cybersecurity training program to ensure a skilled workforce to confront the ever-changing world around cybersecurity?  How would you address these challenges?

Application Deadline

The application deadline is Friday, April 5, 2013 for the Fall 2013 term.  

Scholarship Selection Process 

The Deloitte Cybersecurity Award selection process will consist of two levels of review.  The first level of review will consist of a scholarship selection committee with representatives from the UMUC graduate office and faculty. The UMUC Scholarship Review Committee will be tasked with the responsibility of closely reviewing all applications.  After reviewing each application the committee will deliberate and select 30 top applicants to submit to the Deloitte Scholarship Selection Committee to pick the finalists of the award.  

The second level of review will comprise of a scholarship selection committee from Deloitte LLP conducting a blind review of the submitted application materials.  Finalists will present their submissions to this committee prior to the final award selections.  

Scholarship Award Information 

Scholarships in the amount of $2,500 per recipient will be awarded during the Fall 2013.  

Note: UMUC reserves the right to make reductions or cancelations to a scholarship award for the following reasons: 1) if it is determined that the recipient is receiving more than one institutional scholarship, 2) the Deloitte Cybersecurity scholarship recipient is receiving another tuition restricted scholarship, 3) additional financial aid that, when coupled with this scholarship, exceeds the student’s financial aid eligibility, and/or 4) the scholarship recipient withdraws or fails to complete the required enrollment for the term.