Currently, cybersecurity is increasingly becoming a lucrative field with more 3.5 million job openings estimated by 2012. This might be as a result of security breaches that now occur with regularity. Certain organizations and boards to encourage students to take an interest in cyber security are offering scholarship and grants to students with interest in cyber security. This article will highlight some of the top cyber security scholarships you can apply for.
Navy Information Assurance Scholarship
The Navy scholarship is open to Department of Defence personnel’s and non-Department of Defence personnel. The scholarship is available for civilians who are undergraduates, graduate and PhD students at universities designated by NSA as Centre-s of Academic Excellence (CAEs). Recipients of the scholarship will receive full tuition and a stipend in exchange for serving one (paid) year in service.
This is a great way to start a career in cybersecurity as recipients of the scholarship are placed directly into critical information assurance roles upon graduation.
Stokes Educational Scholarship Program
The Stokes program is open to high school students (seniors) who have demonstrated skills in computer science and electrical engineering and are planning to major in them. The Stokes program offers up to $30,000 a year for tuition as well as an opportunity to work in the summer at NSA for 3 months.
The Stokes Program is a combination of a scholarship and internship program as recipients are offered A paid, summer internship at NSA. After completion of their undergraduate program, recipients are guaranteed employment at NSA.
To renew the scholarship, recipients must maintain at least a 2.75 GPA for each semester in their freshman year and then a 3.0 GPA going forward. Additional benefits of the scholarship program Include paid leave, holidays, insurance and 401K plans.
Applications are accepted in the Fall (September-October) and include an application, resume submission, letter of recommendation, essay requirement, transcripts and testing scores.
CIA Undergraduate Scholarship Program
The CIA scholarship program is designed students who wish to work with CIA. The selection process for the CIA scholarship program is quite rigorous and requires a polygraph test, mental health evaluation, financial need, background checks, high academic marks, drug test, etc.
Undergraduate students, serving as scholarship recipients with the CIA, attend an accredited college/university on a full-time basis and work during summer breaks at the agency. The CIA scholarship program has a wide array of benefits, including $18,000 for tuition, daily allowances, annual salary during internships, Health insurance, Life insurance etc.
After their undergraduate program, recipients of the scholarship are required to work at the agency for the agency for a period of time. Visit the CIA employment age to apply for the scholarship.
NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program
Applications are currently going on for the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program. The program is available to graduate students in STEM fields (including cyber security) in an accredited US institution. Applicants for the program must be US Citizens Intend to enrol or be enrolled in a research-based master’s or doctoral degree program in an eligible Field of Study in STEM or STEM education.
Applicants who have previously accepted a Graduate Research Fellowship or are employees of NSF are not eligible for the fellowship.
The five-year fellowship includes three years of financial support, including an annual stipend of $34,000 and a cost of education allowance of $12,000 to the institution. Visit the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program page to apply for the program.
(ISC)² Graduate and Undergraduate Cyber Security Scholarships
The (ISC)² Undergraduate Cybersecurity Scholarship program is sponsored by the Centre for Cyber Safety and Education. The Centre for Cyber Safety and Education is an international non-profit membership association, geared on inspiring a safe and secure cyber world.
The program was designed to encourage more people to become cybersecurity professionals and has succeeded in providing over $1 million in cybersecurity scholarships. The program is open to both undergraduate and graduate students and even international applicants. Visit the ISC page to apply.
Cybercorps Scholarship for Service
The program was designed to recruit and train individuals with interest in cyber security. The program provides scholarships for up to 3 years of support for cybersecurity undergraduate and graduate (MS or PhD) education. The scholarships are funded through grants awarded by the National Science Foundation. In return for their scholarships, recipients must agree to work after graduation for the US Government, in a position related to cybersecurity, for a period equal to the length of the scholarship.
Cyber Security Scholarships for High School Seniors
High School Students who wish to venture in the field of Cyber security and other STEM-related fields can apply for the scholarships listed below in their senior year of high school:
The (ISC) Undergraduate Scholarships is available for a high school senior or undergraduate students’ citizen of any country who is pursuing or plan to pursue a degree with a focus on cybersecurity, information assurance or related field.
The Science, Mathematics and Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship-for-Service Program: High school students can take advantage of this opportunity. The program is open for students pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM)
Snort Scholarship: the scholarship is available for graduating high school seniors who plan on seeking a degree in computer science, information technology, computer networking, cyber security, or a related field of study.
Best Cyber Security Schools
Degrees in cybersecurity give graduates access to lucrative and rapidly expanding careers in the information management and technology industry. Cybersecurity professionals work behind the scenes to protect civilians, business, and government data from hackers.
Some of the schools in the US with the best Cyber Security program are Texas State Technical College, Southwestern Community College, Hagerstown Community College, Southeast Technical Institute, Wiregrass Georgia Technical College and Community College of Rhode Island.
Some of the schools with the best cybersecurity programs are,
Colorado State University – in the Colorado State University, students have the option of specializing in cybersecurity and simultaneously working toward an online bachelor’s degree in computer science or other STEM-related fields. the University also offers some Cyber Security Scholarships.
The University of Charleston – the University of Charleston offers an online degree in cybersecurity. The program prepares students for roles as information security analysts and network administrators.
Hallmark University – Hallmark University offers a fully online bachelor of science in information systems with an optional concentration in cybersecurity. Cyber Security Scholarships is also offered by Hallmark University
Cybersecurity Degree Salary
As mentioned at the beginning of this article, cybersecurity is becoming a lucrative field. But before enrolling in a cybersecurity degree program, you’ll probably want some sort of assurance that when you graduate, you’ll be able to not only find a job but earn a good salary.
Cyber security professionals are also called information security analysts by the US Bureau of Labour Statistics. It is approximated that a cybersecurity professional will command an average annual salary of $102,470.
Scholarships for Women in Computer Science
The below list details computer science scholarships available to women.
Women Techmakers Scholars Program
WC Scholarship Fund for Women in Computing
The Centre for Women in Technology (CWIT) at the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) Scholarship
Palantir Scholarship for Women in Engineering
Buildium Women in Technology Scholarship
Michigan Council of Women in Technology Undergraduate Scholarship
Women in Defence Scholarship
Doctorate in Cyber Security
The Doctor of Science (D.Sc.) in Cyber Security is a relatively new degree which has gained popularity currently. Some common doctorate’s degrees in cyber security are:
Doctor of Science (D.Sc.) in Cyber Security
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Information Assurance
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Computer Science
Cyber security is a relatively new field, so it’s rare to find a degree explicitly called “PhD in Cyber Security”. Instead, most universities choose to offer a PhD in Computer Science or Computer Engineering with the option to focus on security-related issues. Some general requirements for admission into a PhD program include:
Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution
GPA of 3.0 or more (Grade B or above) in computing/math courses
Excellent GRE scores
Relevant professional experience
3 letters of recommendation
Statement of purpose
Research work, including publications
International applicants will also need to provide their scores on the TOEFL examination.
Centre for Cyber Safety and Education
The Centre for Cyber Safety and Education, the non-profit of (ISC). The organization was organized to make the cyber world a safer place for everyone. To achieve this objective, the centre organizes educational programs, scholarships, and research. The centre also provides education for children 6-12 yrs. old through Garfield’s Cyber Safety Adventures:
Google Cyber Security Internship
There is currently no open position for a security internship at Google. Applicants currently enrolled in a PhD degree in Computer Science or a related technical field can, however, apply for the role of a Google Software Engineering intern.
Some organization offers Cyber Security Grants for Education. Some of these organizations are:
Community College Cyber Pilot (C3P) Program – the program has successfully implemented scholarship programs at nine community colleges. The program was created with the primary objective to encourage effective cybersecurity education, and in the long run, increase the diversity of the cybersecurity workforce.
Advanced Technological Education (ATE) program – the program focuses on the education of technicians for the high-technology fields that drive our nation’s economy.
Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace (SATC)