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About the Program

In coalition with the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) and six other schools, Anne Arundel Community College was awarded National Centers of Academic Excellence in Cybersecurity (NCAE-C) scholarship funding by the National Security Agency for transitioning veterans and first responders. Qualifying and selected students will receive up to $5,000 in tuition and fees (not including books, supplies or laptops). The objective of the grant is supported by the AACC course Network Security Fundamentals (CTS-140) to prepare students for the CompTIA Security+® certification. Grant recipients will obtain their CompTIA certification and receive mentoring and support, including, but not limited to: planning and reviewing academic evaluations, technical guidance, professional development activities and additional support as needed to be placed in a paid internship, apprenticeship and/or permanent employment in governance, risk and compliance (GR&C) positions, or other cybersecurity related positions.


Eligibility

  • Must be a veteran of the U.S. armed forces OR a first responder
  • Must be currently enrolled in, or applied for admission/transfer to, a cybersecurity-related program at AACC:
    • Information Assurance and Cybersecurity (A.A.S.)
    • Advanced Network Security (certificate)
    • Network Security (certificate)
    • Other approved program of study (must be approved by the program navigators). 

Learn how to apply to AACC


Benefits

  • Up to $5,000 in tuition and academic fees (does not include books, supplies or laptops)

Selection

AACC scholarships are offered on a competitive basis. The scholarships are effective until 2025 starting with the spring 2024 term. Scholarship recipients are selected based on:

  • Academic performance
  • Résumé key items
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Interview

How to Apply

Download and complete the GRC application and recommender form. For best consideration, submit the completed application and related forms to:

Mary Wallingsford at mewallingsford@aacc.edu 

OR

Cyber GR&C Coalition Workforce Development Grant Program
c/o Mary Wallingsford (CALT 234)
Anne Arundel Community College
101 College Parkway
Arnold, MD 21012

Application deadline is a rolling deadline until all scholarships have been awarded. 


Questions

If you have questions about the grant program, feel free to contact:

Mary Wallingsford
Faculty, Cybersecurity, Networking and Digital Forensics
Program navigator
mewallingsford@aacc.edu
CALT 248
410-777-7173

Adrian Pringle
Faculty, Cybersecurity, Networking and Digital Forensics
Program navigator
alpringle@aacc.edu 
CALT 348
410-777-2492

Scholarships are funded through grants awarded by the National Security Agency and 2023 NCAE Program-Rochester Institute of Technology coalition grant H98230-23-1-0086.