Cyber Security Scholarships 2020

Top 10 Cyber Security Scholarships

If you are looking for cyber security scholarships, there are some things you should know first.

Scholarship granting institutions like motivated candidates. They want to know that the awards they grant are going to good use. So, they look for things like: 

  • Academic strength
  • Passion for the field
  • Financial Need
  • Recommendations

There are many types of scholarships and specialties for different types of students, such as those looking for cyber security scholarships. Some awards are monetary while others offer internships and even jobs. Be bold in those applications. Save the modesty for after the award. It’s time to shine! 

#1 NSF GRADUATE RESEARCH FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM $46,000

APPLICATION DEADLINE: October 22

You must be a US Citizen, National, or permanent resident alien to apply. This award is only for students pursuing graduate level research in STEM fields. 

Winners are able to pursue research at a US government lab or school of their choice. 42 past fellows have gone on to become Nobel Laureates in STEM fields.

#2 THE SCIENCE, MATHEMATICS AND RESEARCH FOR TRANSFORMATION (SMART) SCHOLARSHIP FOR SERVICE PROGRAM $25,000

APPLICATION DEADLINE: December 3

To be eligible, apply in your senior year of high school or before graduate school.  Winners receive full tuition and a stipend each month. The are also awarded summer internships at Department of Defense.

  • 3.0 GPA or higher required. 
  • Must pass security clearance. 
  • Must be a US citizen. 
  • Must pursue a STEM course of study related to national security. 

#3 THE STOKES PROGRAM $30,000

APPLICATION DEADLINE: November 15

Who is eligible? Seniors in high school who have been accepted to college may apply. Students must study electrical and computer engineering areas including cyber security. Winners will also work at the NSA for three months every summer, and then at the NSA after graduation. Must be a US Citizen to apply.

#4 NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP FOR SERVICE (SFS) $22,500

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Differs According to Institution

Apply through a participating institution. Students must be looking to pursue an information assurance degree.

Stipend winners will work in a Government agency, or, a Federal Funded Research and Development Center. Important to note! You need to pass security clearance. 

#5 CYBER SECURITY PUBLIC SERVICE SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM $20,000

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Rolling

You must be a resident of Virginia and recent grad of a Virginia college. You will be required to work in a Virginia state agency or institution. 

#6 DAVID L. BOREN SCHOLARSHIPS $8,000

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Early 2020

This program is for students who want to study in cyber security and learn an in demand language. The award is for study abroad for one semester or more in a critical location for US National Security. 

Winners will need to work at a government agency for as long as they held the award upon graduation. 

#7 CIA UNDERGRADUATE SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM $18,000

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Rolling

Award open to seniors in high school. Winners earn a salary and tuition up to $18,000. Winners work at the CIA while in school as well as during the summer. They will also continue to work for the CIA after graduation.

#8 SOURCEFIRE SNORT SCHOLARSHIP $10,000

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Spring 2020

Graduating HS seniors are eligible to apply. Must prove pursuit of computer science, information assurance, or related study disciplines.

#9 NAVAL RESEARCH ENTERPRISE INTERNSHIP PROGRAM $5,400

APPLICATION OPENS: November 2

Winners work for 10 weeks at one of 36 Department of the Navy Research Labs. There, they hold technical and engineering roles. Stipend amounts vary based on degree level. You must be a US citizen to apply. 

#10 Cyber Security Scholarship $1,000

APPLICATION DEADLINE: July 15

This award is open to all students pursuing a degree in cyber security or related field.

Undergrad Cyber Security Scholarships

ISC)² Information Security Undergraduate Cyber Security Scholarship $5,000

APPLICATION DEADLINE: March 15

Pursues an undergraduate program in cyber security or related May be a citizen of any nation. Must have a 3.0 GPA. 

HAROLD F. TIPTON SCHOLARSHIP $5,000

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Spring

Must pursue an undergraduate degree in cyber security or related 3.5 GPA or higher 

THE COLONEL SULLY H. DE FONTAINE SCHOLARSHIP AWARD $1,200

APPLICATION DEADLINE: JULY

Pursuing an undergraduate degree with intent to working in intelligence community. Preference given to applicants with in-demand language skills.

GOOGLE SVA SCHOLARSHIPS $10,000

APPLICATION DEADLINE: November 1st

Applicants must be active duty or a student veteran. Reserve and National Guard do qualify. You must be enrolled in computer science or related fields. 

THE PETER JASIN AFIO ENDOWMENT – UNDERGRADUATE AND GRADUATE SCHOLARSHIPS $4,000

APPLICATION DEADLINE: June

History of interest (academic and otherwise) in national security and cyber security. Passion for working in the United States intelligence community. Preference for students with sought-after languages

LINT CENTER $500

APPLICATIONS DUE: January and June

Winners will have their entry essays published by the Lint Center and assigned a mentor from Counterintelligence or NSA. 

ISACA REGIONAL CHAPTER SCHOLARSHIPS $200 – $6,000

APPLICATION DEADLINES: Vary based on region

14 Regional chapters across the US offer this scholarship program. You must be a member of the associated ISACA chapter. And, study in an information assurance related degree program.

ISSA FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIPS $500-$3,500

Must pursue information assurance and security degree. A single form can cover applications to all scholarships.

NAVY INFORMATION ASSURANCE SCHOLARSHIP

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Differs by school

Start as a civilian or service member. For undergraduate through doctoral students in information assurance academic disciplines. Separate programs are available for those in the military and civilians in school. 

Must complete 1 year of service in the civil or military branch for every year of the scholarship. For service members, no more than 4 years of service in exchange for funding. 

Graduate Cyber Security Scholarships

THE LIFE’S CHOICES FOUNDATION GRADUATE SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS $3,500

Must focus on national security courses including cyber security. Seeks future career in the US Government. Students with in-demand languages preferred.

NSF GRADUATE RESEARCH FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM $46,000

US Citizens, Nationals, or permanent resident aliens eligible.  Must pursue graduate level research in STEM fields. Awardees may pursue research at any US govt lab or school. 42 past fellows went on to become Nobel Laureates in STEM fields.

NATIONAL DEFENSE SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING GRADUATE FELLOWSHIP

For students who will pursue a doctorate in a designated national security-related discipline. 

Applicants may be in the last year of undergrad (and accepted into a doctoral program). Or they can be up to two years into graduate work. 

Participants work on research at a Dept of Defense lab for one summer during award timeframe.

NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP FOR SERVICE (SFS) $22,500-$34,000

DEADLINES: Differ based on schools

Applicants enter through their participating school. Must study an info assurance field at bachelors – PhD levels. 

Stipend timeframe requires work at a government agency. That could also be a Federally Funded Research and Development Center. Stipends are renewable. Need security clearance for employment/internship. An internship of 10 weeks is also required during stipend period.

NAVAL RESEARCH ENTERPRISE INTERNSHIP PROGRAM $5,400-$10,800

Winners work for 10 weeks in the summer. They work at one of 36 Department of the Navy Research Labs in technical and engineering roles. Stipend amounts vary based on degree level. 

Cyber Security Scholarships for Women

SWSIS PROGRAM SCHOLARSHIP $5,000-$10,000

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Differs based on school

As of 2018, SWSIS has given 75 women. Their goal is to encourage studying information security.Junior or senior year undergraduate students or those pursuing a masters. 

They have various scholarships at different schools. All with a Cyber Security impetus. 

THE GOOGLE ANITA BORG MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP $5,000-$10,000

This is more than a scholarship. It also includes a retreat and grants membership to a community.

Must identify as a woman and be studying at a US ($10,000 award) or Canadian ($5,000 award) university. Applicants need a strong academic record. They must study in a computer science or related technical discipline. Resume, essays, references, and transcripts required.

RAYTHEON’S WOMEN IN CYBER SECURITY SCHOLARSHIP $8,000

Students get the funds toward tuition, fees and books. They are also eligible for internships with the company. At graduation, they also get aid from the center. This is toward the (ISC)² Certified Information Systems Security Professional certification. That’s critical for a career in Cyber Security.

DOTCOM-MONITOR WOMEN IN COMPUTING SCHOLARSHIP $1,000

Designed to encourage and support female undergraduate students set on careers in computing. One applicant wins per year. Eligible students must have a declared major in Comp Sci or related field. Or they need to have completed more than one year of schooling with courses in these fields. Essays and university transcripts required.

RALPH W. SHRADER GRADUATE DIVERSITY SCHOLARSHIP $3,000

APPLICATION DEADLINE: April 20, 2020

Scholarship funding limited to tuition, books, and required equipment. Must be in 2nd semester or beyond in graduate-level work. STEM major required.  Cyber Security-related fields are a bonus. 

ESET WOMEN IN CYBER SECURITY SCHOLARSHIP $5,000

Designed to encourage and empower women in Cyber Security. Applicants must be female and a US citizen or permanent resident ID holder. Prove they are seeking a cyber security-related undergraduate degree.