Applications now being accepted for the CyberCorps Scholarship for Service program

CyberCorps: Scholarship for service

The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH), a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education, is requesting student applications for full scholarships to study cybersecurity through its renewed five-year, $5 million National Science Foundation (NSF) CyberCorps Scholarship for Service (SFS) program.

"The NSF found our performance on the first grant exemplary and has awarded us 37 new scholarships," says Dr. Tommy Morris, professor of electrical and computer engineering and director of UAH’s Center for Cybersecurity Research and Education.

The scholarships pay for tuition, reimburse health insurance up to a maximum of $3,000 a year, reimburse books up to $2,000 a year, and pay for professional development travel up to $4,000 a year. In addition, a stipend is paid each academic year in the amount of $22,500 for undergraduates or $34,000 for graduate students. Scholarships are awarded for two academic years (four semesters) for undergraduates and master’s degree students and for three years (six semesters) for doctoral students. A single student cannot receive more than one SFS scholarship.

A U.S. government service obligation of one year of service in a cybersecurity-related position for each year of scholarship received is required following graduation. In addition, students on scholarship are expected to serve in a government cybersecurity-related position for a paid internship during the summer term. Participation in a government job fair in Washington D.C. is required of all students supported by the program.

"To date we have achieved a 100 percent placement rate into government cybersecurity positions for students graduating from the scholarship program," says Dr. Morris. "Our graduates are well regarded and highly sought after, and have gone to work for the Army, Navy, Air Force, Army Corps of Engineers, National Security Agency, Department of Homeland Security, FBI, and several more organizations."

To be eligible to apply for an SFS scholarship, the applicant must be enrolled full time at UAH with a minimum of a 3.0 GPA as an undergraduate and 3.2 GPA as a graduate student and be in a bachelor’s (junior or above) or graduate degree program in the discipline of computer science, software engineering, electrical engineering, computer engineering, information systems, or cybersecurity.

"The new grant also continues our partnership with three community colleges: J.C. Calhoun, Northeast Alabama, and Snead State," says Dr. Morris. "Twelve scholarship recipients will start their scholarship at a community college and then transfer to UAH for an additional two years." For applicants not already admitted to UAH, any offer of scholarship will be contingent on admission acceptance to UAH in one of these disciplines.

The applicant must be a citizen or lawful permanent U.S. resident and meet all requirements for employment in federal service. In addition, the offer of a scholarship is contingent upon the student obtaining admission into a qualifying UAH program of study. Students selected for this program will be required to sign a service agreement that outlines the obligation to serve in a federal government or equivalent position after graduation.

To apply for this scholarship, applicants must submit the following no later than Nov. 1, 2018. Applications available at uah.edu/ccre/cybersecurity-scholarships.

  • A cover letter that provides the applicant's full name, school address, home address, cell phone number, home phone number, student email address, and a statement that the applicant is a citizen or lawful permanent U.S. resident; in addition, the cover letter should describe the applicant's current academic progress (BS, MS, or Ph.D. student) and date of anticipated graduation
  • A copy of all of the applicant’s transcripts
  • ACT or SAT score for undergraduate applicants
  • Two letters of reference (professional contacts preferred, must not be family members)
  • A letter from the applicant not to exceed two typewritten, single-spaced pages that discusses the applicant's motivation for applying, interest in cybersecurity, any past relevant experiences, and future plans; please include any current or past military service
  • The applicant’s resume
  • Completed applicant information sheet

Contact

Center for Cybersecurity Research and Education (CCRE)
 256.824.6576
ccre@uah.edu

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