Non-Competitive Scholarship

The Alamo Chapter/Armed Forces Communications Electronics Association (AFCEA) Annual Cyber Security Scholarship (hereinafter referred to as the "Scholarship") shall be used for the benefit of students at the University pursuing information security degree concentrations or minors. Funds from the Scholarship shall be expended as set below.

Application Deadline for 2020-2021 Wednesday July 1st at 11:59PM


  1. Recipients must be enrolled in at least 12 hours for undergraduate and 9 hours for graduate students and actively pursuing a cyber security or information assurance-related concentration or minor at the University of Texas San Antonio, or its successor. An exception may be made on a case-by-case basis when the student is not required to take 12 credit hours (for undergraduate) and 9 hours (for graduate) to graduate.
  2. Undergraduate sophomore level recipients must have completed a minimum of 24 credit hours, junior level recipients must have completed a minimum of 54 credit hours, and senior level recipients must have completed a minimum of 84 credit hours toward their degree at the time the scholarship funds are disbursed.
  3. Recipients must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.8 (on a scale of 4.0) for students entering their sophomore year, 3.0 for individuals entering their junior or senior year, or 3.2 for graduate students and be in good standing with the University. Freshman recipients must have a grade point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) on their high school transcript if applying in their first semester at the University or 2.8 GPA at the University if applying in their second semester.
  4. Preference will be given to students who are members of any UTSA team participating in one or more of the various cyber security-related collegiate competitions such as CCDC, DC3, or Panoply. Applicants must provide a letter from the team's advisor as documentation of their proof of participation.
  5. Preference will be given to Preference will be given to students enrolled in ROTC, active members of the armed services, and their immediate families, and veterans of the armed services. Military affiliated applicants, other than ROTC students, must attach a copy of a current military photo ID or other appropriate documentation as proof. Students who are enrolled in ROTC should be non-scholarship ROTC cadets.
  6. Preference will be given to students who are members of AFCEA.
  7. Applicants must be citizens of the United States.

Two scholarships of $2500 each will be reserved for freshman- or sophomore-level students. Three scholarships of $5000 each will be awarded to junior, senior, or graduate students. The remaining funds will be awarded as either $2500 scholarships to freshmen- or sophomore level students or a single $5000 scholarship to an upper-division undergraduate student or a graduate student, depending on the number of qualified applicants.

The Scholarship may be received more than once, and recipients are encouraged to reapply for subsequent years as long as they maintain the required grade point average and remain enrolled in qualifying curricula.

How to apply:

  1. Login to the UTSA Scholarship Hub using your myUTSA ID and passphrase.
  2. Answer all the questions for the General Scholarship Application.
  3. Complete your General Scholarship Application by clicking Finish and Submit. Based on this application, you may be eligible for additional scholarship opportunities.
  4. Review every additional scholarship opportunity and its requirements by clicking Apply next to each. If you qualify, answer the accompanying questions and then select Finish and Submit for each.

Helpful Tips when on the UTSA Scholarship Hub

  • Be prepared to provide essays, contact emails for individuals providing letters of recommendation and other documents that may be required. The application will state if letters of recommendation, essays, etc. are required for your scholarship.
  • If you encounter problems or have questions about the General Scholarship Application, please view the Frequently Asked Questions. Some users may experience slow website performance as the deadline approaches.
  • If selected for a scholarship, you’ll be notified by the organization managing the scholarship, usually by email. If awarded a scholarship, your overall need-based financial aid award may need to be adjusted.
  • HELP TEXT – For additional information or clarification, click the gray circles with the question mark.
  • PROVIDING REFERENCES – Not all scholarships require letters of recommendation. If a recommendation is needed, you will be prompted to enter the individual’s full name and email address. It’s expected that you respectfully request permission to use an individual as a reference prior to submitting their contact information. Once the contact information is submitted, an email is immediately sent to your reference with instructions on how to complete the recommendation. Please encourage a timely response from your reference. You will not be able to view the submitted recommendation, only that it has been received.