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    Top 40 Cybersecurity Scholarships in July 2024

    Written by Will Geiger

    Will Geiger is the co-founder of Scholarships360 and has a decade of experience in college admissions and financial aid. He is a former Senior Assistant Director of Admissions at Kenyon College where he personally reviewed 10,000 admissions applications and essays. Will also managed the Kenyon College merit scholarship program and served on the financial aid appeals committee. He has also worked as an Associate Director of College Counseling at a high school in New Haven, Connecticut. Will earned his master’s in education from the University of Pennsylvania and received his undergraduate degree in history from Wake Forest University.

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    Updated: July 3rd, 2024

    Cyber security, or information security, is quickly becoming a popular major for many students. This is not surprising, because according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, information security jobs are growing “much faster than average” and the median salary is over $100,000 per year.

    If you are passionate about technology and enjoy problem solving, cybersecurity could be a great career pathway for you. Keep on reading to learn more about cybersecurity scholarships to pay for your education! We’ve included a variety of cybersecurity scholarships for those studying in undergraduate, graduate, or other certification programs.

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    $10,000 “No Essay” Scholarship

    This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

    Offered by Scholarships360

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    1 award worth $10,000
    Deadline Jun 30, 2025
    Grade Level All Grade Levels

    Offered by Scholarships360

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    The Scholarships360 $10,000 “No Essay” Scholarship is open to all students who want some extra help paying for their education. Whether you are a high…Show More

    The Scholarships360 $10,000 “No Essay” Scholarship is open to all students who want some extra help paying for their education. Whether you are a high…Show More

    The Scholarships360 $10,000 “No Essay” Scholarship is open to all students who want some extra help paying for their education. Whether you are a high school student who hopes to go to college, a graduate student who’s in a master’s program, or an adult learner who wants to return to school, you are eligible for our no essay scholarship. This scholarship will be awarded to students who get the most out of Scholarships360 scholarships and content. You will be a strong applicant if you apply to scholarships with the Scholarships360 platform. Finalists for this scholarship will be interviewed about their process for funding their education.Show Less

    1 award worth $10,000
    Deadline Jun 30, 2025
    Grade Level All Grade Levels
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    $2,000 Sallie Mae Scholarship

    This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

    Offered by Sallie Mae

    Easy Application
    1 award worth $2,000
    Deadline Jul 31, 2024
    Grade Level HS Upperclassmen, College & Graduate Students

    Offered by Sallie Mae

    Easy Application

    Sallie Mae will award $2,000 each month to eligible entrants. No essay or account sign-ups, just a simple scholarship for those seeking help paying for…

    Sallie Mae will award $2,000 each month to eligible entrants. No essay or account sign-ups, just a simple scholarship for those seeking help paying for…

    Sallie Mae will award $2,000 each month to eligible entrants. No essay or account sign-ups, just a simple scholarship for those seeking help paying for school.

    1 award worth $2,000
    Deadline Jul 31, 2024
    Grade Level HS Upperclassmen, College & Graduate Students
    Apply

    “Tuition Solution” Scholarship for STEM Students

    This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

    Offered by Scholarships360

    Exclusive
    1 award worth $500
    Deadline Jan 31, 2025
    Grade Level HS Upperclassmen, College & Graduate Students

    Offered by Scholarships360

    Exclusive

    Do you like figuring out solutions to difficult problems? Well, if you’re a current or aspiring STEM major, we have one for you! Our $500…Show More

    Do you like figuring out solutions to difficult problems? Well, if you’re a current or aspiring STEM major, we have one for you! Our $500…Show More

    Do you like figuring out solutions to difficult problems? Well, if you’re a current or aspiring STEM major, we have one for you! Our $500 “Tuition Solution” Scholarship is meant for high school juniors and seniors (graduating class of 2024 or 2025), as well as undergraduate and graduate students enrolled during the 2023-24 academic year who are looking for ways to fund their postsecondary education in STEM. In order to apply, you must write an essay about how your passion for STEM started and how the scholarship will help you fulfill your dreams. No matter which STEM field ignites your interest, we look forward to reading your essays. Please note that applicants will be reviewed based on both the quality of their essay and quantity of scholarships applied for on the Scholarships360 platform. Scholarships360 users who are more active on the platform will be given higher consideration. Apply today - it’s time to cell-e-brate you!Show Less

    1 award worth $500
    Deadline Jan 31, 2025
    Grade Level HS Upperclassmen, College & Graduate Students
    Apply

    BigFuture $40k Essay-Free Scholarship

    This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

    Offered by The College Board

    Easy Application
    1 award worth $40,000
    Deadline Oct 31, 2024
    Grade Level High School Senior

    Offered by The College Board

    Easy Application

    Open to US-Based high school students in the class of 2025 — no essay, minimum GPA, test score, or citizenship requirements.

    Open to US-Based high school students in the class of 2025 — no essay, minimum GPA, test score, or citizenship requirements.

    Open to US-Based high school students in the class of 2025 — no essay, minimum GPA, test score, or citizenship requirements.

    1 award worth $40,000
    Deadline Oct 31, 2024
    Grade Level High School Senior
    Apply

    “Follow Your Own Path” Essay Scholarship

    This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

    Offered by Scholarships360

    Exclusive
    1 award worth $500
    Deadline Jan 31, 2025
    Grade Level College & Graduate Students

    Offered by Scholarships360

    Exclusive

    At Scholarships360, our mission is to help students find and fund their postsecondary education. We know that students have a variety of educational and career…Show More

    At Scholarships360, our mission is to help students find and fund their postsecondary education. We know that students have a variety of educational and career…Show More

    At Scholarships360, our mission is to help students find and fund their postsecondary education. We know that students have a variety of educational and career interests and aspirations. That is why we are offering the “Follow Your Own Path” Essay Scholarship. This scholarship aims to support all current postsecondary students, regardless of the type of education they are pursuing. Thus, no matter your own unique educational path, we hope you apply for this $500 scholarship. In order to apply for the “Follow Your Own Path” Essay Scholarship, students must submit an essay about their career ambitions. Please note that applicants will be reviewed based on both the quality of their essay and quantity of scholarships applied for on the Scholarships360 platform. Scholarships360 users who are more active on the platform will be given higher consideration. We look forward to reading your application!Show Less

    1 award worth $500
    Deadline Jan 31, 2025
    Grade Level College & Graduate Students
    Apply

    Ascent’s $10,000 Summer Scholarship Giveaway

    This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

    Offered by Ascent Funding

    Easy Application
    1 award worth $10,000
    Deadline Sep 2, 2024
    Grade Level College Underclassmen

    Offered by Ascent Funding

    Easy Application

    As you soak up the summer vibes and look ahead to the next school year, it's never too early to start thinking about your internship…Show More

    As you soak up the summer vibes and look ahead to the next school year, it's never too early to start thinking about your internship…Show More

    As you soak up the summer vibes and look ahead to the next school year, it's never too early to start thinking about your internship or job! Whether you're figuring out what interests you, checking out career resources, or picking up skills for your dream job, we want to know: Do you have what you need to enter the next phase of life, post-graduation? Ascent is committed to your long-term success and is giving away $10,000 to one lucky winner for sharing your feedback and ideas on what you need to build the skills and confidence to thrive in the workplace. To apply, complete these three easy steps below: Step 1: Visit the “Summer of Success Scholarship” to complete a quick survey and contact form. Step 2: Follow @ascentfunding on Instagram and like the post. Step 3: Tag 3 friends below that would benefit from this scholarship! Be sure to end your comment with #AscentSponsored. Disclaimer: Deadline to apply for Ascent’s $10,000 scholarship prize (1) is September 2nd at 8:59AM PT. To apply and see official rules, visit the “Summer of Success Scholarship” link here: AscentFunding.com/Scholarships.Show Less

    1 award worth $10,000
    Deadline Sep 2, 2024
    Grade Level College Underclassmen
    Apply

    “Outstanding Undergraduate” Essay Scholarship

    This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

    Offered by Scholarships360

    Exclusive
    1 award worth $500
    Deadline Jan 31, 2025
    Grade Level College Students

    Offered by Scholarships360

    Exclusive

    The U.S. is home to over 2,000 four-year universities offering bachelor’s degrees. However, attending such universities can sometimes come with hefty costs that can deter…Show More

    The U.S. is home to over 2,000 four-year universities offering bachelor’s degrees. However, attending such universities can sometimes come with hefty costs that can deter…Show More

    The U.S. is home to over 2,000 four-year universities offering bachelor’s degrees. However, attending such universities can sometimes come with hefty costs that can deter students from attending. If you’re in a situation similar to this, we may just have the perfect scholarship opportunity for you: the “Outstanding Undergraduate” Essay Scholarship! With this scholarship, we aim to help out a lucky undergraduate student (enrolled during the 2024-25 academic year) who is passionate about their higher education journey and actively looking for ways to fund it. The scholarship is open to any U.S. citizen who is enrolled as an undergraduate at a four-year university in the U.S. during the 2023-24 academic year. In order to apply, submit an essay explaining how earning your bachelor’s degree will help you achieve your educational and career goals. Please note that applicants will be reviewed based on both the quality of their essay and quantity of scholarships applied for on the Scholarships360 platform. Scholarships360 users who are more active on the platform will be given higher consideration. We look forward to reading your application!Show Less

    1 award worth $500
    Deadline Jan 31, 2025
    Grade Level College Students
    Apply

    Cybersecurity & The Latinx Community Scholarship

    Offered by Bold.org

    5 awards worth $1,000
    Deadline Nov 25, 2024
    Grade Level College Students

    Offered by Bold.org

    The Cybersecurity & The Latinx Community Scholarship is dedicated to shaping a better future by supporting Latinx students pursuing higher education in the critical field…Show More

    The Cybersecurity & The Latinx Community Scholarship is dedicated to shaping a better future by supporting Latinx students pursuing higher education in the critical field…Show More

    The Cybersecurity & The Latinx Community Scholarship is dedicated to shaping a better future by supporting Latinx students pursuing higher education in the critical field of cybersecurity. As technology becomes increasingly vital, the world needs passionate advocates who can harness its power for good. If you wish to do just that, and are a low-income, Latinx undergraduate student studying cybersecurity, we encourage you to apply. To do so, share your motivation for choosing this path and your vision for the impact you will make after graduation. Together, let's transform lives and build a safer digital world.Show Less

    5 awards worth $1,000
    Deadline Nov 25, 2024
    Grade Level College Students
    Get Started

    $10,000 CollegeXpress Scholarship

    This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

    Offered by CollegeXpress

    Easy Application
    1 award worth $10,000
    Deadline May 1, 2025
    Grade Level High School Students

    Offered by CollegeXpress

    Easy Application

    Annual $10k scholarship from CollegeXpress open to all high school freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors.

    Annual $10k scholarship from CollegeXpress open to all high school freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors.

    Annual $10k scholarship from CollegeXpress open to all high school freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors.

    1 award worth $10,000
    Deadline May 1, 2025
    Grade Level High School Students
    Apply

    Flatiron School Access Scholarship

    Offered by Flatiron School

    Multiple awards worth up to $2,000
    Deadline Rolling
    Grade Level College & Graduate Students

    Offered by Flatiron School

    Are you attending the Flatiron School and are from an underrepresented community or background? If so, consider applying for the Flatiron School Access Scholarship! The…Show More

    Are you attending the Flatiron School and are from an underrepresented community or background? If so, consider applying for the Flatiron School Access Scholarship! The…Show More

    Are you attending the Flatiron School and are from an underrepresented community or background? If so, consider applying for the Flatiron School Access Scholarship! The scholarship is open to underrepresented students enrolled in a Flatiron School program who are looking for financial assistance to afford their schooling costs. Eligible applicants include women, underrepresented minorities, people with disabilities, veterans, LGBTQ+ students, and low-income students. Through the Access scholarship, the Flatiron School hopes to provide opportunities for students who are motivated despite the challenges they face. Thus, every year, select scholarship applicants are chosen to earn up to $5,000 to help cover tuition for full-time programs. If you are a Flatiron School student from an underrepresented community, we encourage you to apply!Show Less

    Multiple awards worth up to $2,000
    Deadline Rolling
    Grade Level College & Graduate Students
    Get Started

    Microsoft Cybersecurity Scholarship Program

    Offered by The Last Mile Education Fund & Microsoft

    Multiple awards worth up to $500
    Deadline Rolling
    Grade Level College Underclassmen

    Offered by The Last Mile Education Fund & Microsoft

    Are you currently enrolled in a two-year cybersecurity-related program in the U.S? If so, consider applying for the Microsoft Cybersecurity Scholarship Program! This scholarship is…Show More

    Are you currently enrolled in a two-year cybersecurity-related program in the U.S? If so, consider applying for the Microsoft Cybersecurity Scholarship Program! This scholarship is…Show More

    Are you currently enrolled in a two-year cybersecurity-related program in the U.S? If so, consider applying for the Microsoft Cybersecurity Scholarship Program! This scholarship is open to students at community colleges or technical schools in the U.S who demonstrate financial need and are studying cybersecurity. The Last Mile Education Fund and Microsoft jointly offer the scholarship, working together to combat the diversity and talent shortages in the cybersecurity workforce by investing in passionate students. On a rolling basis, the scholarship grants $500 awards to help students cover short-term basic needs like food, rent, transportation/car costs, and purchasing a laptop or computer. Winners also receive up to $375 to pay for the costs of cybersecurity certification exams. If this sounds like a good opportunity for you, we encourage you to apply!Show Less

    Multiple awards worth up to $500
    Deadline Rolling
    Grade Level College Underclassmen
    Get Started

    Niche $10,000 “No Essay” Scholarship

    This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

    Offered by Niche

    Easy Application
    1 award worth $10,000
    Deadline Jul 31, 2024
    Grade Level All Grade Levels

    Offered by Niche

    Easy Application

    Easy scholarship open to all high school and college students, as well as anyone looking to attend college or graduate school in the next year!

    Easy scholarship open to all high school and college students, as well as anyone looking to attend college or graduate school in the next year!

    Easy scholarship open to all high school and college students, as well as anyone looking to attend college or graduate school in the next year!

    1 award worth $10,000
    Deadline Jul 31, 2024
    Grade Level All Grade Levels
    Apply

    Deloitte Foundation Scholarship

    Offered by Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU)

    68 awards worth up to $2,500
    Expected deadline June 2025
    Grade Level College Students

    Offered by Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU)

    Are you a full- or part-time undergraduate student pursuing a degree related to accounting, business, or technology at a HACU member institution? If so, the…Show More

    Are you a full- or part-time undergraduate student pursuing a degree related to accounting, business, or technology at a HACU member institution? If so, the…Show More

    Are you a full- or part-time undergraduate student pursuing a degree related to accounting, business, or technology at a HACU member institution? If so, the Deloitte Foundation Scholarship could be a great fit for you! Each year, the Deloitte Foundation Scholarship awards $2,500 to multiple lucky students majoring in accounting, business, or related technology majors. Eligible majors include, but are not limited to, accounting, business, business administration, computer science, computer systems, cybersecurity, data analytics/business analytics, economics, mechanical engineering, computer engineering, finance, information systems, management information systems, marketing, mathematics, operations, supply chain and logistics, statistics, and technology. The scholarship may be renewed for up to four semesters, allowing recipients to earn a total of $10,000 over four semesters. If you fit the criteria, we encourage you to apply! Keep on reading to learn more.Show Less

    68 awards worth up to $2,500
    Expected deadline June 2025
    Grade Level College Students
    Get Started

    Stokes Scholarship Programs

    Offered by Central Intelligence Agency

    Multiple awards worth up to $25,000
    Expected deadline June 2025
    Grade Level College & Graduate Students

    Offered by Central Intelligence Agency

    The Stokes Scholarship Programs are funded by the Central Intelligence Agency, a U.S. government agency that provides objective intelligence on foreign countries and global issues…Show More

    The Stokes Scholarship Programs are funded by the Central Intelligence Agency, a U.S. government agency that provides objective intelligence on foreign countries and global issues…Show More

    The Stokes Scholarship Programs are funded by the Central Intelligence Agency, a U.S. government agency that provides objective intelligence on foreign countries and global issues to the president, the National Security Council, and other policymakers to help them make national security decisions. Every year, their Stokes Scholarship Program awards up to $25,000 to multiple postsecondary students who are willing to work one to two 90-day sessions at the CIA before graduating. In addition, scholarship recipients must commit to working at the CIA for a period of 1.5 years for each year they receive the scholarship. If you're an undergraduate or graduate student wanting to work at the Central Intelligence Agency, we encourage you to apply! Keep on reading to learn more.Show Less

    Multiple awards worth up to $25,000
    Expected deadline June 2025
    Grade Level College & Graduate Students
    Get Started

    $25k “Be Bold” No-Essay Scholarship

    This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

    Offered by Bold.org

    Easy Application
    1 award worth $25,000
    Deadline Aug 1, 2024
    Grade Level All Grade Levels

    Offered by Bold.org

    Easy Application

    Open to high school students, college students, community college students, and graduate students.

    Open to high school students, college students, community college students, and graduate students.

    Open to high school students, college students, community college students, and graduate students.

    1 award worth $25,000
    Deadline Aug 1, 2024
    Grade Level All Grade Levels
    Apply

    MPOWER Women in STEM Scholarship

    Offered by MPOWER Financing

    Multiple awards worth $1,000 - $6,000
    Expected deadline June 2025
    Grade Level College & Graduate Students

    Offered by MPOWER Financing

    Are you an international or DACA female student looking to earn a STEM degree abroad? If so, you may be eligible for the MPOWER Women…Show More

    Are you an international or DACA female student looking to earn a STEM degree abroad? If so, you may be eligible for the MPOWER Women…Show More

    Are you an international or DACA female student looking to earn a STEM degree abroad? If so, you may be eligible for the MPOWER Women in STEM Scholarship! The scholarship is open to international women who want to earn a STEM degree in the U.S. or Canada and are allowed to legally study in the U.S. or Canada. Thus, international women looking to study in the U.S. must have a Green Card, DACA status, or a valid visa. As for Canada, eligible applicants must be permanent residents or have a valid Canadian study permit. Each year, the scholarship recipients receive up to $6,000 to help pay for their degrees. If you are a woman in STEM and are looking for a scholarship opportunity, we encourage you to apply!Show Less

    Multiple awards worth $1,000 - $6,000
    Expected deadline June 2025
    Grade Level College & Graduate Students
    Get Started

    SENEDIA STEM Scholarship

    Offered by Senedia

    4 awards worth $1,500
    Expected deadline April 2025
    Grade Level College Underclassmen

    Offered by Senedia

    The SENEDIA STEM Scholarship is open to students enrolled in a science, technology, engineering, or math field with the potential to support the future national…Show More

    The SENEDIA STEM Scholarship is open to students enrolled in a science, technology, engineering, or math field with the potential to support the future national…Show More

    The SENEDIA STEM Scholarship is open to students enrolled in a science, technology, engineering, or math field with the potential to support the future national security and defense sector workforce. These unrestricted scholarships have helped students with a range of costs, from tuition to housing. Students entering their second year of a two-year degree program or entering their third year of a four-year program are eligible to apply. Students transitioning from a two-year program to a four-year program are also eligible to apply. If you're a post-secondary STEM student from New England, we encourage you to apply! Keep on reading to learn more.Show Less

    4 awards worth $1,500
    Expected deadline April 2025
    Grade Level College Underclassmen
    Get Started

    $1,000 Appily Easy College Money Scholarship

    This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

    Offered by Appily

    Easy Application
    Monthly awards worth $1,000
    Deadline Jul 31, 2024
    Grade Level High School Students & College Underclassmen

    Offered by Appily

    Easy Application

    This easy scholarship from Appily is open to U.S. high school students (Class of 2025, 2026, 2027) and college transfer students. One scholarship will be…Show More

    This easy scholarship from Appily is open to U.S. high school students (Class of 2025, 2026, 2027) and college transfer students. One scholarship will be…Show More

    This easy scholarship from Appily is open to U.S. high school students (Class of 2025, 2026, 2027) and college transfer students. One scholarship will be awarded each month.Show Less

    Monthly awards worth $1,000
    Deadline Jul 31, 2024
    Grade Level High School Students & College Underclassmen
    Apply

    Generation Google Scholarship

    Offered by Google

    Multiple awards worth $10,000
    Expected deadline April 2025
    Grade Level High School Seniors & College Students

    Offered by Google

    Have you been accepted to or plan to be enrolled in a Bachelor's degree program this upcoming academic year to study computer science, computer engineering,…Show More

    Have you been accepted to or plan to be enrolled in a Bachelor's degree program this upcoming academic year to study computer science, computer engineering,…Show More

    Have you been accepted to or plan to be enrolled in a Bachelor's degree program this upcoming academic year to study computer science, computer engineering, or a similar field? Further, do you believe in the importance of improving the representation of underrepresented groups in computer science and technology? If so, consider applying for the Generation Google Scholarship! Each year, the scholarship awards $10,000 USD or $5,000 CAD to winning applicants with the strongest essays and other application materials. The scholarship is offered by Google in order to “help aspiring students pursuing computer science degrees excel in technology and become leaders in the field.” While any student who meets the minimum qualifications may apply, women and racial/ethnic minorities are strongly encouraged to apply. With that said, if you’re an aspiring computer science or engineering student who believes in the importance of diversity in the field, we encourage you to apply!Show Less

    Multiple awards worth $10,000
    Expected deadline April 2025
    Grade Level High School Seniors & College Students
    Get Started

    Google Lime Scholarship

    Offered by Lime Connect

    Multiple awards worth up to $10,000
    Expected deadline April 2025
    Grade Level High School Seniors & College Students

    Offered by Lime Connect

    Are you a current or incoming undergraduate student in the U.S. or Canada who has a disability and is pursuing a degree in computer science…Show More

    Are you a current or incoming undergraduate student in the U.S. or Canada who has a disability and is pursuing a degree in computer science…Show More

    Are you a current or incoming undergraduate student in the U.S. or Canada who has a disability and is pursuing a degree in computer science or a related field? If so, the Google Lime Scholarship may be a great opportunity for you! Each year, the Scholarship awards up to USD 10,000 or CAD 5,000 to multiple current and incoming university students in the U.S. or Canada who have a disability and are pursuing a Computer Science or similar degree. If this scholarship sounds like a fit for you, we encourage you to apply! Keep on reading to learn more.Show Less

    Multiple awards worth up to $10,000
    Expected deadline April 2025
    Grade Level High School Seniors & College Students
    Get Started
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    How to win cybersecurity scholarships

    Now that you’ve got some great opportunities to apply to, it’s time to begin thinking about your applications. While many students will immediately dive into essay-writing, we suggest a different approach. Before you start your essays, you can benefit from taking some time for reflection. Sit down and jot down the first things that come to your mind when you consider the following questions:

    • What inspired me to study cybersecurity?
    • Which of my accomplishments speak to the skills that would make me an effective cybersecurity professional?
    • What career goals do I have in the field of cybersecurity?
    • Where do I see myself in my career ten years from now?
    • What is my dream job?

    Remember, you don’t have to worry about making the answers to these questions readable or succinct. You can even jot them down in bullet points. The point of the exercise is to get some perspective without the added pressures of writing a strong essay. That way, once you have your material sorted out, it’ll be easier to write the essays later on.

    Resources for writing a great scholarship essay

    Need-based financial aid for cybersecurity students

    If you are a current or prospective cybersecurity student, you may also qualify for need-based financial aid through your college or through the government. There are two major financial aid applications you should know about:

    Free Application for Federal Student Aid (or FAFSA) which is how students can access financial aid through the government. This financial aid can include federal student loans, Federal SEOG Grants, and Pell Grants. CSS Profile which is how some colleges and universities award institutional financial aid.

    You should check-in with your college to see what applications are required for need-based financial aid! If you are enrolling in a certificate program, make sure to contact your school to see what financial aid opportunities are available.

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    Frequently asked questions about cybersecurity scholarships

    Does Microsoft give out cybersecurity scholarships?

    Microsoft has partnered with Last Mile Education to offer a cybersecurity scholarship program. It covers emergency financial assistance or the cost of certification exams. Notably, it is only available for those studying at community colleges or vocational schools; students in a bachelor’s or master’s program cannot apply. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

    Do I need a college degree for cybersecurity?

    You do not need a college degree for cybersecurity. There are a wide variety of cybersecurity jobs out there, some of which only require certificates or a 2-year degree. However, many higher-paying cybersecurity jobs do require a bachelor’s, and some even require a master’s. That being said, you can certainly break into the field without a four-year college degree.

    What type of degree should I get for cybersecurity?

    Many bachelor’s degree holders who work in cybersecurity major in fields such as computer science, information technology, or cybersecurity. That being said, there is some flexibility, and they can compliment their degree with certificates and other credentials. Many cybersecurity professionals don’t hold a bachelor’s at all, and instead get their credential through a certificate program.

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