UMBC is one of an elite number of schools participating the National Science Foundation’s Scholarship for Service (SFS) program. Each SFS scholarship covers full tuition, fees, travel, books, and academic year stipend of approximately $34,000 for graduate students and $22,500 for undergraduate students. Applicants must be US citizens or lawful permanent residents capable of obtaining a SECRET or TOP SECRET clearance. Upon graduation, SFS scholars must work for the federal, state, local, or tribal government for one year for each year of their award. UMBC’s SFS is an exclusive award: each recipient must decline all other awards. We hold 2-3 scholarship competition rounds each year (with applications due mid-November, early February, and sometimes also in May).
UMBC received $2.5 million grant to fund its SFS activities from 2012-17 and has received $5 million more to renew its SFS activities through 2023. The SFS program at UMBC is administered by Drs. Alan Sherman (PI) and Richard Forno (Co-PI) through the Center for Information Assurance and Security.