CyberCorps® Scholarship For Service (SFS) is a unique program designed to recruit and train the next generation of information technology professionals, industrial control system security professionals, and security managers to meet the needs of the cyber security mission for Federal, State, local, and tribal governments. This program provides scholarships for up to 3 years of support for cyber security undergraduate and graduate education. The scholarships are funded through grants awarded by the National Science Foundation. In return for their scholarships, recipients must agree to work after graduation for the U.S. Government, in a position related to cyber security, for a period equal to the length of the scholarship.
SFS@BAMA is a trans-disciplinary scholarship program for students interested in careers in cyber security-related professions (examples include, but are not limited to the following: Network Attack, Network Defense, Cyber Crime Investigation, Cyber Ops Planner, Security Architect, Cyber Policy and Strategy Manager). The SFS@BAMA (NSF-1946599) program seeks to address the growing national need for highly-trained, well-rounded cyber security professionals by recruiting a diverse set of scholars from three academic programs at the University of Alabama: Computer Science, Cyber Security, Criminology and Criminal Justice, and Management Information Systems. Students who receive an SFS@BAMA scholarship will participate in a summer internship and become part of the Federal CyberCorps®, whose mission is to ensure the protection of critical U.S. government infrastructure. Upon graduation, SFS@BAMA scholars are required to serve in a paid cyber security position in the government for a period equal to the length of the scholarship. The SFS@BAMA program provides support for identifying potential summer internships as well as the post-graduation position.
Each SFS@BAMA recipient will receive all of the following:
To be eligible for consideration for the SFS@BAMA scholarship, the student must meet all of the following:
* Internship placements and final job placements in government organizations typically require high-level security clearances, and scholarship recipients are required to undergo the background investigation necessary to obtain such clearances as part of the job and/or internship application process.
The SFS@BAMA Scholarship Recipient must agree to:
Priority consideration for the Fall 2022 cohort will be given to those who complete the application submission process prior to 28 February 2022. Please note that applications will be reviewed as they are received, and there is no guarantee that a space will still be available by or beyond the priority consideration date. The final deadline is 15 April 2022. No applications for the Fall 2022 cohort will be accepted after that date.
All applicants are required to complete the Student Application Form. Prior to completing the Student Application Form, you should perform the following tasks. (The Application Form will ask for this information)
What is the Scholarship for Service Program?
It is the Federal Government's response to deal with the threat to our information technology infrastructure by strengthening the cadre of information assurance professionals who protect it. Through this program, the National Science Foundation partnered with Department of Homeland Security issues selected 4-year colleges and universities scholarship grants to attract students to the information assurance field. The U.S. Office of Personnel Management administers the operational aspects of the program. Questions about the program may be addressed to Travis McKone at firstname.lastname@example.org (757-441-3181) OR Kathy Roberson, SFS Program Manager (405-259-8277). Both are available by e-mail at email@example.com.
What are the student eligibility requirements for me to particpate?
The student must meet all of the following: -- be a full-time student within two years of graduation in a qualifying bachelor's or master's degree; or a student participating in a combined bachelor's and master's degree ("AMP") program; -- be a United States citizen; -- meet criteria for Federal employment; and -- be able to obtain a security clearance, if required.
What happens if I leave my Government Agency position before I serve the required period?
You must repay a prorated amount equivalent to the length of the period not served. For example, if you received funds for two years and served for one-and-a-half years, you must repay 25% of the funds received.
For more Q & A, please visit the following website: https://www.sfs.opm.gov/StudFAQ.aspx.