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.
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.
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:
The following are the program benefits:
The following are the program requirements:
The SFS Program is offered and funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF grant DUE-1303297)