Cybercorps Scholarship for Service

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. This program provides scholarships that fully fund the typical costs incurred by full-time students while attending a participating institution, including tuition and education related fees (does not include items such as meal plans, housing, or parking); a health insurance reimbursement allowance up to $3,000 per year; a professional development allowance of $4,000 for SFS Job Fair and other travel, professional certification etc.; and a book allowance of $2,000 per academic year. Upon graduation SFS participants have a commitment to work for the federal government in an information assurance field for three years.

Virginia Tech operates a CyberCorps Scholarship for Service program which provides full tuition and up to $25,000/year in scholarships to students interested in pursuing careers in cybersecurity. The program is open to students majoring in Computer Science, Electrical Engineering or Computer Engineering. To qualify for the CyberCorps scholarship, students must complete the Minor in Cybersecurity and enroll in the Accelerated BS/MS program in their respective major (CS, ECE).

In addition to completing the minor, students are required to take ECE/CS 5560: Fundamentals of Information Security, and at least one additional graduate-level ECE/CS course on security.

Applications for the Scholarship for Service will reopen in January 2018.

Program Process

Sophomore Year

  • CS or ECE student with sophomore standing, advancing to junior next semester, meeting eligibility requirements
  • Selected for CyberCorps Scholarship

Junior Year

Senior Year

  • Apply for summer internships with federal agencies and labs
  • Continue taking courses to complete major and cybersecurity minor
  • Complete second summer internship

Master's Year

  • Apply for full-time position with federal agencies and labs
  • Continue taking courses to complete major and cybersecurity minor
  • Complete and defend masters thesis

Graduated

  • Complete three-year service commitment working for a federal agency or lab

Course Guide

The following is a potential schedule of courses that satisfy the undergraduate minor in cybersecurity and also the requirements for the accelerated BS/MS programs. Note that not all schedules may work for all students, depending on their individual plans of study, but this can be used a guide. Please see the undergraduate and graduate course requirements for the ECE and CS departments as the official references. Students who have advanced placement or other credits who can take their CLE Electives early will find it much easier to fit the required courses into their schedule.

Example Plan of Study for CPE

Example Plan of Study for EE

Example Plan of Study for CS

Application and Program Requirements

Students interested in this program should apply during the semester in which they will complete 60 or more credits of undergraduate study, typically spring of their Sophomore year.

The following are the eligibility requirements:

  • Major of Computer Science, Computer Engineering, or Electrical Engineering;
  • GPA of 3.5 or higher (required for admission to BS/MS program); and
  • US citizenship and ability to obtain a security clearance.

The following are the program benefits:

  • Full in-state tuition and fees, books, and a $22,500 stipend during undergraduate studies; and
  • Full in-state tuition and fees, books, and a $34,000 stipend during graduate studies.

The following are the program requirements:

  • Maintain a 3.5 or higher GPA;
  • Participate in SFS cohort activities;
  • Enroll in and complete the undergraduate minor in cybersecurity;
  • Apply for and be accepted into an accelerated BS/MS program in ECE or CS;
  • Meet graduate-level security coursework requirements by taking ECE/CS 5560 and at least one other security-focused course;
  • Complete BS and MS within three years of starting the program;
  • Apply for, receive, and participate in internships each summer with a federal agency or lab; and
  • Apply for, receive, and accept a full-time position with a federal agency or lab upon completion of MS, and complete three years of service at that organization.
  • Complete the CyberCorps Service Agreement (please carefully review this legal document)

Program Points of Contact

Students: Dr. Kira Gantt, kgantt@vt.edu

All Others: Dr. Joe Tront, jgtront@vt.edu

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