Cyber Scholars

Claim your future with a community of learners just like you–students energized by the challenge of cybersecurity.

About Our Program

The Cyber Scholars Program at UMBC is geared towards preparing the next generation of cybersecurity professionals in an increasingly digital age and enabling success for all women and other underrepresented groups in technology education and careers. The program is funded through a generous grant from the Northrop Grumman Foundation and in partnership with the Center for Women in Technology (CWIT). Cyber Scholars is closely aligned with CWIT’s scholars program–interested students may apply to both.

You’re invited to join the Cyber scholars, where you will:

  • Be mentored by leaders in the computing, engineering, and cybersecurity fields
  • Take technically focused cybersecurity courses in addition to courses in the computing sciences
  • First year applicants receive priority acceptance to live in the CWIT Living Learning Community
  • Receive up to 4 years of scholarship support

How We Support Our Scholars

The Cyber Scholars Program provides four-year awards, which often cover the greater part of the cost of attendance at UMBC. Scholars will be offered scholarships up to:


Per academic year

Our Scholars Make a Difference

You might follow in the footsteps of alumni from our program by interning at places like:

National Security Agency
Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory
Northrop Grumman

“Being a part of the CWIT and Cyber Scholars community has provided me with tremendous support in the field. Thanks in part to being a Cyber Scholar, I have had technical work experiences with Huntress Labs, Parsons, and Systems & Technology Research, as well as research experience in a faculty-led lab. I have also been involved in the Cyber Defense Club, the Muslim Student Association, and the Student Dining Committee.”

~Amina Mahmood ’21, computer science – cybersecurity track

Request More Information

Share your contact information and Cindy Greenwood, Assistant Director of the Cyber Scholars Program, will be in touch soon.

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Are You Eligibile For the Program?

Incoming first-year, transfer, and current students of all genders and from all backgrounds who plan to major in computer engineering, computer science, or information systems and have an interest in cybersecurity are encouraged to apply. Applicants must have at least a 3.25 GPA.

Important Dates and Deadlines

If you're considering applying to our program, be sure to add these important dates and deadlines to your calendar:

November 1, 2020

Undergraduate Admissions Early Action Application Deadline

We strongly recommend submitting your application to UMBC by the Early Action deadline.

November 1, 2020
January 15, 2021

Cyber Scholars Program Application Deadline for
First-Year Students

Remember, you'll need to apply for our Scholars Program independently from your application to UMBC.

January 15, 2021
March 1, 2021

Cyber Scholars Program Application Deadline for
Transfer and Continuing UMBC Students

Transfer and continuing UMBC students who apply by March 1 are also eligible for the program.

March 1, 2021

Ready to learn more?

If you're interested in our program, let us know and Cindy Greenwood, Assistant Director of the Cyber Scholars Program, will be in touch to get you more details and learn more about what drives you.

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