CyberCorps: Scholarship for Service


Applications have closed for the 2018-2019 year. They will re-open in Spring 2019.


 

Student must meet the following requirements to be eligible for consideration

  • Applicants must be a United States citizen or permanent resident
  • A full-time student pursuing a bachelor's degree or bachelor’s/master's degree at the University of Maryland, College Park
  • Strong academic record (minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0)
  • Accepted and/or eligible for the ACES Minor

General Obligations

  • SFS recipients must complete security-related government internships during the summer term for each year they have received the SFS scholarship. (Post-graduation internships are not required.) The SFS team will support students in searching for these internships. 
  • SFS recipients must complete employment with a federal, state, local, or tribal government agency in a cybersecurity position immediately upon graduation. The period of employment must equal the duration of the SFS scholarship. The SFS team will support students in searching for these full-time positions.
  • SFS recipients must participate in conferences, job fairs, and other off-campus meetings related to the SFS program. This requirement also includes participating in one or more UMD annual career fairs. 
  • SFS recipients must participate in additional information training in security and professionalism (ACES and University of Maryland Tech Talks).

ACES Specific Obligations

  • Students must complete the ACES Minor
    • 3 Year Track: Rising freshmen in ACES LLP - Having completed or working to complete the ACES LLP Honors Citation AND applied to and/or accepted in the ACES Minor
    • 2 Year Track: Rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors - Having applied to and/or been accepted in the ACES Minor (ACES LLP not required)
  • Students must participate in the Cybersecurity Connect Mentoring Program one semester for every year they have received an SFS scholarship. 
  • Students must be involved in two semesters of either Outreach activities and/or the ACES Competition Team

The scholarship program provides funds for 2 years (junior & senior) or 3 years (sophomore, junior, senior OR junior, senior, 5th year Bachelor’s/Master’s)

Financial Benefits

  • 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.

Additional Benefits:

  • 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.
  • High school seniors are not eligible to apply.
  • You must at least be a freshman at the university before applying. 
  • The SFS for ACES program will potentially fund one year of an accelerated graduate program. This program does not fund graduate degrees that are not part of an accelerated BS/MS program.
  • The ACES Leadership Team cannot write your letter of recommendation

 

Check out the SFS FAQ page.

  • High school seniors are not eligible to apply.
  • You must at least be a freshman at the university before applying. 
  • The SFS for ACES program will potentially fund one year of an accelerated graduate program. This program does not fund graduate degrees that are not part of an accelerated BS/MS program.
  • The ACES Leadership Team cannot write your letter of recommendation

 

Check out the SFS FAQ page.

Application Deadline:
For Fall 2019, applications will be due in Spring 2019.

Please refer to the information below in preparation for completing the SFS for ACES application.

Personal and Academic Information
This section will require the following information:

Personal

  • First and Last Name
  • Email
  • UID
  • Gender
  • Race
  • Phone
  • Permanent Address

Academic

  • Expected Graduation Date
  • Major(s)
  • Minor(s)
  • Cumulative GPA
  • Living-Learning and Other Special Programs

Short Answers
Please prepare short essay answers of 300 words or less for the following questions:

  • Why are you interested in studying cybersecurity? Please include any relevant academic, professional and/or personal experiences.
  • If admitted what strengths, abilities, or characteristics will you contribute to the Scholarship for Service (SFS) community?
  • What are your interests in cybersecurity as it relates to national security?
  • How did you hear about SFS for ACES?

Personal Statement
Please write a short statement (no more than 300 words) explaining how the Scholarship for Service (SFS) award will benefit you personally, academically, and professionally.

Recommendations
You will be required to submit two letters of recommendation addressing your suitability for this program. The letters should speak to your commitment to cybersecurity and national security. Recommendations should come from professor(s) in a related field and/or a person familiar with your academic work and leadership qualities.

Recommenders may submit letters directly to aces@umd.edu. An email request will be sent to the addresses entered below. PDF and Word documents are preferred.

Recommendation letters must be submitted prior to the application deadline. Failure to receive two letters of recommendation will result in your application being denied.

Resume and Transcripts
Upload a PDF or Word Document of your resume and transcript to the google form application.

Next Steps

You will be contacted 1-2 weeks after the applications have closed with further information and next steps in the application process. You must apply to the ACES Minor to be considered for this scholarship.

If you have any questions, please email us at aces@umd.edu.


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."

Jake Bremerman

For more information

Please contact Jacob Bremerman at jbrem@umd.edu


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