The nation's largest online cybersecurity scholarship competition for high school and college students

Join the free cybersecurity competition where you can break, decrypt and reverse engineer your way to $2 million of college scholarships and certified cybersecurity training!

01 | What is the National Cyber Scholarship Competition?

For 48 hours, immerse yourself in the nation's largest cybersecurity scholarship competition

The 'Capture the Flag' (CTF) competition will see you recover key information, thwart malicious hackers, and practice bleeding-edge exploitation techniques in the form of thrilling online challenges. You'll compete to win SANS certified training courses and industry-recognized GIAC certifications proving your mastery of a particular set of knowledge and skills.

In 2021:

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$4 million

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Experience all of this and much more in our next competition

Competition date

April 21-23, 2022

Earn progress badges and see friends compete with progress updates!

Keep an eye on your position on our live leaderboard!

Take on challenges built by industry experts.

Fun challenges exploring topics ranging from offensive tactics to reverse engineering software and crypto!

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"Overall, I found my experience of the National Cyber Scholarship Competition to be a very fulfilling one. This competition ignited within me an interest in pursuing cybersecurity as part of my career path. Even while competing in the competition, I was still learning how to tackle a multitude of cybersecurity problems, ranging from networking to forensics. I am truly grateful for this experience and this wonderful opportunity."

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02 | What can I win?

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GIAC certifications desired and recognized by employers.

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College scholarships up to $2,500.

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Certified online SANS training course worth $3,000.

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Full scholarship to an undergraduate degree worth $21,000.

Awards differ between the High School Competition and College Competition - check the Awards section on each page for further details.

03 | How do I take part?

From complete novices to Capture the Flag pros, you can qualify for the high school or college competition through a variety of routes.

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High School Competition

Students aged 13-18 can win a college scholarship worth $2,500 plus free accredited and industry-recognized cybersecurity training.

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College Competition

Students enrolled in accredited US colleges can gain the fastest route to life-changing scholarships and cybersecurity certifications worth up to $21,000.

Check you meet the full requirements to participate in the competition in our knowledge base.


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