CyberCorps® Scholarship for Service (SFS) is a unique program designed to increase and strengthen the cadre of federal information assurance professionals that protect the government's critical information infrastructure. The program provides scholarships that fully fund the typical costs incurred by full-time students while attending Kansas State University, including tuition and education and related fees. In addition to the scholarship, participants receive annual stipends of $22,500 for undergraduate students and $34,000 for graduate students. The scholarships are funded by Kansas State through a grant awarded by the National Science Foundation. NSF
The department of computer science at Kansas State University’s has offered CyberCorps® scholarships to since 2013. During this time, 24 students have been supported by CyberCorps® scholarships. According to Dr. Eugene Vasserman, Director of the Center for Information and Systems Assurance and the K-State CyberCorps® program, “in return for their scholarships, recipients must agree to work in a cybersecurity position for a state, local, tribal, or territorial government agency or a federally funded research and development center for as long as they received their scholarship”. Vasserman went on to say “many of these government jobs are at the very pinnacle of the cybersecurity world, working with state of the art tools and on problems that are critical to national and international security.” To date, the Kansas State University CyberCorps® program has produced 8 students who have, or who currently are working for government entities.
In addition, students attend an annual job fair in Washington D.C. to explore internships and post graduate job opportunities. The fairs line up CyberCorps® students directly with government entities at all levels.
For more information please check out the Center for Information and Systems Assurance.
Miriam:"For information scientist, security enthusiasts, and software developers alike, SFS is a once in a lifetime opportunity. It reduced my financial burden to $0 and sent me to conferences like Black Hat USA. It connected me to an internship at the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve in Washington, DC. And it forged my current career by connecting me to professionals willing to mentor me along the way. Thanks to SFS, I am now a full-time software developer at the Federal Reserve Bank in Kansas City!"