Cybersecurity Public Service Scholarship Program

The 2024-2025 Cybersecurity Public Service Scholarship​ Program ​Application is OPEN​​.​

​​The Cybersecurity Public Service Scholarship Program supports students who are pursuing an education in programs that have been identified by the Secretary of Higher Education as being directly relevant to cybersecurity.

Submit all required documents to MHEC by SECURE UPLOAD online through your MDCAPS account. Once logged in, select “Electronic File Upload” from the homepage then follow the prompts. 

Individuals currently enrolled at public or private non-profit institutions in the state who are within three years of graduation from an approved, credit-bearing degree in cybersecurity or an approved, credit-bearing certificate program in cybersecurity must:.

  • Have at least a cumulative GPA of at least a 3.0 at the time of application.
  • Be enrolled full-time or part time at a public or a private non-profit institution in the state in an approved credit-bearing degree or an approved credit- bearing certificate program. ​
  • Have completed at least 25% of their total credit requirement toward their approved degree or certificate program. (Ex. If you need 120 credits to graduate you must have completed at least 30 credits at the time of application.)​

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NSA Cooperative (Co-Op) Education Program

The National Security Agency (NSA) is pleased to announce a call for applications for the NSA Cooperative (Co-Op) Education Program. The Co-Op Program is open to four-year College and Community College students majoring in computer science, computer or electrical engineering or cybersecurity. Community College students must intend to complete a four-year degree. A GPA of 3.0 is preferred.

Information on the NSA Cooperative (Co-Op) Education Program is posted to the Intelligence website.

How to Apply
Applications must be submitted online between Feb. 1st - March 31st and/or Sept. 1st - Oct. 31st. Applications received after these deadlines, as well as incomplete packages, will not be considered. New Co-Op students will begin work in either January or August only.

To submit a resume during open season, visit the National Security Agency Careers page. Under "Basic Job Search," type in keywords "Cooperative Education," and click on "Search." Select "Cooperative Education" and click "Apply Now." Follow directions as prompted.


Women's International Network of Utility Professionals (WiNUP) Fellowships

The Women's International Network of Utility Professionals (WiNUP) believes in doing all it can to help those within the industry with their educational pursuits. WiNUP currently has three fellowships available annually to women pursuing advanced degrees (beyond a bachelor’s degree), which will lead to careers in the utility industry or allied fields. Relevant fields must relate to a career in a utility related profession such as engineering, business administration, accounting, environmental sciences, communication, information technologies.

  • Julia Kiene Fellowship - The Julia Kiene Fellowship is a fellowship of $2,000 annually. Ms. Kiene’s career serves as an inspiration to women who pursue careers in the industry. During her long, diversified career, she taught home economics, served as Home Editor of Capper's Farmer and retired from the Westinghouse Corporation. Ms. Kiene was a president of the organization and served on the Board of Directors for WiNUP’s parent organization, The Electrical Women's Round Table, Inc., for many years.
  • Lyle Mamer Fellowship - The Lyle Mamer Fellowship, a $1,000 annual Fellowship, was named for a long-time associate professor at the University of Tennessee College of Home Economics who dedicated her life to contributing to advancements in the electrical industry. Lyle Mamer, whose family endowed the Fellowship in her name was an active member of WiNUP (formerly called Electrical Women's Round Table, Inc.).
  • Louisan Mamer Fellowship - The Louisan Mamer Fellowship is a Fellowship of $500 annually. Ms. Mamer was an electric industry pioneer who worked for many years with the Rural Electrification Administration educating rural Americans about the uses of electricity. She was the first woman to be awarded the Clyde T. Ellis Award in recognition of her service and accomplishments on behalf of electrical cooperatives. Ms. Mamer joined WiNUP (formerly called Electrical Women's Round Table, Inc.) in 1948 and remained a member until her death in 2006. Her generous $20,000 contribution to WiNUP enables the organization to fund the annual Fellowship in her name.

Applicants must be accepted to a regionally or nationally accredited university.

Both WiNUP Members and non-members are eligible to apply for the fellowships.

Hard copy applications must be postmarked on or before May 1 and online applications must be submitted by 11:59pm (Pacific Time) of each year to be eligible. Fellowship funds will be paid directly to your university. Winners will be notified by June 30 of each year.


The Institute for Broadening Participation is offering undergraduate scholarships, graduate fellowships, and postdoc positions for their STEM programs!

The mission of the Institute for Broadening Participation is to increase diversity in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) workforce. They design and implement strategies to increase access to STEM education, funding, and careers, with special emphasis on reaching and supporting individuals from underserved communities and underrepresented groups, including underrepresented minorities, women, persons with disabilities, first-generation college students, and students from underserved communities.

30+ undergraduate scholarships

30+ graduate fellowships. 

170+ postdoc positions

To follow the Institute for Broadening Participation on Facebook Liv Detrick, Senior Advisor The Institute for Broadening Participation (IBP)


Changes to Maryland Higher Education Commission Programs to students

If you received State financial aid (Guaranteed Access Grant, Educational Assistance Grant or the Campus Based Educational Assistance Grant) beginning July 1, 2018 for at least two years beginning August 31, 2015 and thereafter, you will be required to meet certain Credit Completion Requirements to renew State financial aid awards for subsequent years.

Renewal Credit Completion Requirements:

You must earn your required credits during the fall, spring, and summer terms. To remain eligible for your maximum renewal amount,  you must earn at least 30 credits this year. If you earn fewer than 24 credits this year, your award will not be renewed. If you earn 24 to 29 credits, your renewal award will be prorated.

For more information, visit Maryland Higher Education Commission's web site.

Federal Student Aid ID/Pin Replacement

The new Federal Student Aid ID number- a username and password - has replaced the Federal Student Aid PIN and must be used to log in to certain U.S. Department of Education websites. Your FSA ID confirms your identity when you access your fin aid information and electronically sign Federal Student Aid documents.

You can create an FSA ID when logging in to FAFSA website, the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS) and Federal Student Aid at

You can use your FSA ID to sign a FAFSA right away. Once the Social Security Administration verifies your information in one to three days, or if you have linked your PIN to your FSA ID, you will be able to use your FSA ID to access the websites listed above.

Users who arrive at impacted websites will be directed to a link to register for their new FSA ID. The registration process should take less than 7 minutes. Only the owner of the FSA ID should create his or her account. 

Create a New FSA ID.

For helpful Information about the FSA ID.


Program Changes for the Howard P. Rawlings Educational Assistance (EA) Grant and Howard P. Rawlings Guaranteed Access (GA) Grant grant programs

MAJOR changes to the RENEWAL process took place for the Educational Assistance (EA) Grant and Guaranteed Access (GA) Grant programs due to the enactment of the College Affordability Act of 2016.

The changes will consist of recipients of the EA or GA awards must successfully complete at least 30 credits by the end of the second academic year of enrollment and each academic year thereafter. This means that students who are eligible for either the EA or GA grant must complete at least 30 credits per academic year, beginning in their sophomore year and thereafter, in order to receive full eligibility.

While these provisions became effective during the 2018-2019 academic year, it is imperative that students plan accordingly now as the number of credits they will earn in the prior year may affect their award eligibility for the upcoming award year.  

Please note that for more information regarding the program changes for the EA and GA grant, students may  visit Fast Track to Finish page  or email: