Benefits of the SFS Program

  • Tuition and fees (excluding items such as meal plans, housing, or parking)
  • Annual stipend (undergraduate: $22,500, and graduate: $34,000)
  • Annual book allowance of up to $2,000 per academic year
  • A health insurance reimbursement allowance up to $3,000 per year
  • A professional development allowance of up to $4,000 per year for SFS job fair, travel, professional certification etc.
  • Expertise in a growing professional field.
  • Research experience with cybersecurity experts.
  • Internships and mentoring in a federal government and/or national laboratory setting. Students who receive a 2 or 3-year scholarship are required to participate in the internship program after the first year during the summer term. Students will receive assistance in finding an internship position.
  • Guidance from an ACES advisor. Students and advisors will periodically have one-on-one meetings.
  • Opportunities to compete in regional and national cybersecurity competitions.
  • Assistance with placement in a federal agency or laboratory upon graduating.

Hear from some SFS recipients:

Quinton"Coming into college, I wasn't sure I wanted to do cybersecurity, but ACES [has helped] me to figure out what I wanted to do. Looking back, it was the perfect choice. I applied for SFS because I want to work in cybersecurity, and now that I've received the SFS scholarship, I'm really looking forward to its amazing resources to enhance my experience in cybersecurity as well as the ACES minor classes."


Colin Huemmer"For me, SFS was a huge opportunity that I couldn't afford to pass up. I was working at least 2 jobs at Maryland, and SFS allows me to focus on my academics and sports much more. I am looking forward to meeting other SFS recipients, as networking is one of the most crucial skill sets to have. Once I graduate I hope to pay it back by being a mentor to other ACES students in the Cyber Connect program. I look forward to growing with SFS and ACES alike." 

Kofi Ansah-Brew"To be a good cybersecurity professional, you have to be able to put others before yourself since your first duty is to protect. I am truly grateful to ACES and SFS and am looking forward to meeting like-minded peers who share my interests in cybersecurity and mentoring young minds about the endless possibilities in the field of cyber."

Brianna Mentle"I have always had a passion about government, and SFS is a great opportunity to support my interest. SFS gives me the chance to combine and utilize my knowledge in cybersecurity, policy, government, and business, which is crucial to the interdisciplinary nature of cybersecurity. I'm also really passionate about getting more women involved in cybersecurity, especially when it comes to spreading awareness for the diverse needs within the field."