Cybersecurity Scholarships and Awards
Students attending specific participating institutions may qualify for CyberCorps scholarships, which are funded through grants awarded by the National Science Foundation. Scholarship recipients are obligated to serve at a federal, state, local, or tribal government organization in an information assurance position for a period equivalent to the length of the scholarship or one year, whichever is longer.
The Information Systems Security Association (ISSA) awards several scholarships each year to students pursuing a career in computer science with a focus on information security or privacy. Application period is generally March through mid-July.
This award honors young women at the high-school level for their computing-related achievements and interests. The National Center for Women & IT (NCWIT) selects award recipients based on their aptitude and aspirations in technology and computing; leadership ability; academic history; and plans for post-secondary education. Application period is generally September and October.
Conferred upon six students each year, this award from the National Center for Women & IT (NCWIT) honors the outstanding technical accomplishments of collegiate women at all levels.
The nonprofit, charitable foundation of the International Information System Security Certification Consortium, Inc., (ISC)² runs a global scholarship program that helps undergraduate and graduate students, especially women, continue their studies in information assurance and cybersecurity.
The Scholarships for Women Studying Information Security (SWSIS) program provides scholarships of up to $10,000 for women studying for their bachelor's or master's degrees in fields relating to information security.
U.S. multinational technology company Cisco Systems awards selected recipients scholarship packages consisting of training, mentoring, and certification aligned with the Security Operations Center Analyst role.
This portal provides information on a variety of cybersecurity internships when "Cybersecurity" is selected as the preferred academic field. U.S. citizenship required.
Interns are recruited from the nation's top undergraduate and graduate programs to work alongside cyber leaders with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. To be eligible, a student must be a U.S. citizen, be able to obtain and hold a security clearance, and be enrolled in a bachelor's or master's degree program in an accredited university with one of 15 specific related majors.
Online Cybersecurity Training and Education
An online resource offering free cybersecurity and IT training courses that students can use at their own pace. Registering for a free account is required. Fees are charged for some options such as access to virtual practice labs for Microsoft, Cisco, CompTIA, VMware, etc.
This video game and tool was created by government employees at The Center for Information Systems Security Studies and Research (CISR) to teach computer and network security through simulation and resource management.
Hacker Highschool is a program of hands-on e-book lessons designed specifically for teens to teach themselves cybersecurity and critical Internet skills. The lessons challenge teens to be as resourceful and creative as hackers with topics like safe Internet use, web privacy, online research techniques, network security, and even dealing with cyber-bullies. The full program contains teaching materials in multiple languages, physical books with additional lessons, and back-end support for high school teachers and homeschooling parents.
Cybersecurity Career Paths
The result of a partnership between Burning Glass Technologies, the Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA), and the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE), the Cyber Seek website offers an interactive heat map of cybersecurity supply and demand in the United States and a career pathway interactive showing common roles within cybersecurity and transition opportunities between them.
Part of the website for the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Careers and Studies (NICCS), this online tool organizes types of cybersecurity work into categories called specialty areas. Exploring different specialty areas can help students determine what types of cybersecurity work appeal to them most, identifying possible future job titles and what knowledge and skills they'll need to pursue.