UMBC Center for Information Security and Assurance


Scholarship Opportunities

Federal CyberCorps: Scholarship for Service (SFS)

The Scholarship for Service (SFS) is a yearly awarded National Science Foundation sponsored scholarship program to promote the education, recruitment, and retention of rising junior and senior undergraduates and graduate students in cybersecurity studies.

Detailed information may also be found at the Official NSF SFS web site.

A concise list of reminders and frequently asked questions regarding the SFS scholarship and the application process be found here.

SFS Application Process

  1. Please let Dr. Sherman know that you are interested. We will help guide you through the process.
  2. Applications are due by 12:00 (noon) on Monday, August 15, 2016 for SFS scholarships starting Fall 2017.
    • This special extra deadline is the last scholarship application competition under the current grant.
  3. Submit application (with cover sheet) to Dr. Sherman's maibox in the CSEE Office, carefully following all instructions. Be sure you have an official transcript and that all letters of reference are signed and on official letterhead (otherwise your application will be returned without consideration).

Each recipient will receive full tuition, books, professional expenses, and stipend. UMBC will typically fund SFS scholarships only for complete academic years. In return, the recipient must work for government (federal, state, local, or tribal) for pay for one year for each year of scholarship. Each recipient will also engage in a government summer internship for pay.

SFS Eligibility Requirements (selected):

  1. Junior, senior, MS, MPS, or PhD student status in CMSC or related field at UMBC (including IS, math, EE, CE)
  2. USA citizen or lawful permanent resident, 18 years or older
  3. Willingness to obtain at minimum a SECRET security clearance and work for the federal, state, local, or tribal government.

Information Assurance Scholarship Program (IASP)

The Information Assurance Scholarship Program (IASP) is a yearly awarded Department of Defense sponsored scholarship/fellowship program to promote the education, recruitment, and retention of rising junior and senior undergraduate, MS, MPS, or PhD student status in CMSC, CYBR, or related field at UMBC (including IS, Math, EE, CE).

Pending final approval, this highly selective program allows up to six students per year full-ride scholarships to UMBC.

Detailed information and all forms may also be found at the Official DoD IASP web site. A condensed overview may be found here.

IASP Application Process

ATTENTION: The Department of Defense will fund no IASP scholarships at any school in 2016.

IASP Eligibility Requirements (selected):

  1. Junior, senior, MS, MPS, or PhD student status in CMSC or related field at UMBC (including IS, math, EE, CE)
  2. USA citizen 18 years or older
  3. Willingness to obtain TOP SECRET security clearance. The selection process will include an intrusive polygraph examination and an agreement to work for the DoD.

SFS and IASP Expectations:

We seek outstanding students with strong interest, coursework, and other experience in technology, information assurance, and related fields. The program is highly competitive. About 30 new scholarships were awarded nationally by IASP in 2010.

Among other qualifications, ideally we seek students with high SAT or GRE test scores (preferably SAT combined math and verbal over 1400), high GPA (preferably over 3.5 on a 4-point scale), strong letters of recommendations from regular UMBC faculty, and relevant experience/knowledge through coursework or professional activities, along with a strong desire to excel in the information assurance profession. Participation on a cyber defense team is valued. The review committee considers all evidence.