CyberCorps®: Scholarship for Service (SFS) Program

NSF

 

What's New?

Last updated on 9/30/2021.

1. New applications for the 2022-2023 CyberCorps cohort will be accepted Dec. 1, 2021 to Feb. 1, 2022. 

2. Click here to view the ppt for the CyberCorps info session on September 30, 2021. Click here to view the recorded clips.

3. Additional info sessions will be scheduled later.

4. Four CyberCorps scholars for the 2021-2022 cohort have been selected. Congratulations to the students!

5. If you have any questions or comments, contact us at: sfs@mtu.edu

What is CyberCorps: Scholarship for Service (SFS)?

CyberCorps® Scholarship for Service (SFS) is a unique national 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 cybersecurity mission for Federal, State, local, and tribal governments. This program provides full scholarships for two or three years of support for cybersecurity undergraduate and graduate education. In return for their scholarships, recipients must agree to work after graduation for the U.S. Government, in a position related to cybersecurity, for a period equal to the length of the scholarship.

Michigan Technological University is a proud participant in the CyberCorps®: Scholarship for Service (SFS) program through a multi-million dollar grant awarded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). The SFS program at Michigan Tech utilizes a multi-disciplinary curriculum model by focusing on cross-cutting cybersecurity education and research areas. The program collaborates with the Pavlis Honors College (PHC) at Michigan Tech to explore a unique strategy for mentoring, advising, and engaging SFS scholars based on a combination of faculty mentoring, peer mentoring, and customized honors pathways.

Scholarship Benefits

SFS scholars (scholarship recipients) shall receive all of the following:

  1. Full-time tuition and education related fees
  2. Stipend: $25,000 per year for undergraduate students and $34,000 per year for graduate students
  3. Professional development allowance (travel, professional certification etc.) up to $6,000 per academic year

In addition, there are many non-financial benefits:

  1. Career development opportunities
  2. Personalized academic advising
  3. Supports from professional communities, and many more.

Obligations for Scholarship Recipient

SFS scholars must agree to:

  1. Work immediately following graduation for the Federal Government or a State, Local, or Tribal Government in a position related to cybersecurity for a period equal to the length of the scholarship
  2. Participate in government internship positions in the summers during the years of scholarship study
  3. Participate in other SFS activities, such as weekly individual meetings, monthly group meetings, cyber competitions, conferences and workshops
  4. Meet other SFS requirements, such as signing Service Agreement Forms and maintaining good academic standing.

SFS scholars are responsible to apply for and obtain a position. Michigan Tech's SFS program will provide assistance to SFS scholars by helping identify employment opportunities. 

Eligibility for Scholarship

To be eligible for consideration for the SFS scholarship, the student must meet ALL of the following:

  1. United States citizen or lawful permanent resident;
  2. Meet selection criteria for U.S. federal employment;  
    Internship placements and final job placements in government organizations typically require high-level security clearances. Scholarship recipients are required to undergo the background investigation necessary to obtain such clearances.
    For reference purposes, you can review the federal SF-86 form- Questionnaire for National Security Positions. However, do NOT fill out the form for this SFS application.
  3. Have at least a 3.0 undergraduate GPA;
  4. Current or prospective full-time student pursing cybersecurity related degrees at Michigan Tech;
    SFS scholars will be chosen from the following seven BS degrees and one MS degree:
    1. BS in Cybersecurity (CyS);
    2. BS in Computer Network and System Administration (CNSA);
    3. BS in Computer Science (CS);
    4. BS in Software Engineering (SE);
    5. BS in Computer Engineering (CpE);
    6. BS in Electrical Engineering (EE);
    7. BS in Management Information Systems (MIS); and
    8. MS in Cybersecurity.

    Transfer students from community colleges will also have the opportunity to participate in the SFS program.
    Exceptional students from other majors who demonstrate strong commitment to cybersecurity career in government agencies will also be considered. Contact the project PI (Prof. Yu Cai, cai@mtu.edu) to discuss your study plan.

SFS Curriculum Tracks

The Michigan Tech SFS program provides scholarship opportunities with the following flexible tracks:

Track 1) BS in Cybersecurity.
Students will receive two-year support (junior + senior year) after applying and being selected as an SFS scholar in their sophomore year.

Track 2) BS in another participating major + a minor in Cybersecurity.
Students in this track will be encouraged to include a cybersecurity component in their capstone project.
Students will receive two-year scholarship support (junior + senior year) after applying and being selected as an SFS scholar in their sophomore year.
The minor in Cybersecurity requires 18 credit hours. The minor provides a foundation in cybersecurity to prepare SFS scholars for their post-graduation employment in government agencies.

Track 3) BS in a participating major + an accelerated MS in Cybersecurity.

Students will receive two-year SFS scholarship support (senior year + one year MS) after applying and being selected in their junior year of undergraduate study.

Track 4) Regular MS in Cybersecurity.

Students will receive two-year scholarship support (MS year one + year two) after applying and being selected as an SFS scholar in their senior year.

Track 5) Transfer students from Community Colleges
can enroll in Track 1 or Track 2.
Transfer students from community colleges will receive three-year scholarship support (sophomore + junior + senior year) after applying and being selected during their last year at their community college. Most community college transfer students will require three years to complete the BS and/or the minor after transfer.

Track 6) Option for third-year support to pursue an accelerated MS in Cybersecurity.

Students in Track 1 and Track 2 will have an option of extending to a third year to get an accelerated MS in Cybersecurity, with permission of the team that supervises the scholarship program.

Scholarship Application

Candidate Selection

This SFS scholarship opportunity at Michigan Tech is a highly selective process and subject to grant funding availability. After initial assessment based on submitted application materials, a shortlist will be generated for in-person interviews. SFS candidates in the shortlist will also be asked to complete a questionnaire for background check.

Underrepresented groups, including women, minorities, first-generation / low-income students, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

SFS scholarship recipients are selected based on:

  1. Academic performance and potential
  2. Essay/video outlining the applicant's objectives as it relates to cybersecurity and a career in government
  3. Resume 
  4. Letters of recommendation
  5. Ability to obtain security clearance
  6. Interview

Application Materials

All applicants are required to submit the following items:

  1. Online application form
  2. Proof of U.S. Citizenship or lawful permanent resident status
  3. A resume including list of academic recognitions, awards, honors and distinctions received
  4. Transcripts from all of the colleges and universities attended (scanned copies are preferred) 
  5. Two letters of recommendation. One letter should come from a faculty member at Michigan Tech, addressing the applicant's academic performance and potential for success. The second letter, preferably not from a Michigan Tech faculty member, should address the applicant's character and work ethic. 
  6. A short essay (no more than 2000 words) OR a short video (no more than 15 minutes) describing the applicant's:
    1. goals and motivations to pursue a career in cybersecurity
    2. commitment to the service obligation and understanding of government jobs
    3. past achievements and experiences related to cybersecurity
    4. leadership, teamwork, and communication skills

Applicants should submit all of the above items through the online SFS application portal. Scholarship opportunities are limited, early application is strongly recommended.

Application Deadline: June 1, 2021
Application for the 2022-2023 cohort will be accepted between 12/1/2021 and 2/1/2022.  

Contact Us

The project PI is Professor Yu Cai from the College of Computing at Michigan Tech. The project coordinator is Mr. Thomas Cogswell.

Project co-PIs and other important personnel include Professor Jean Mayo, Professor Todd O. Arney, Professor Bo Chen, Professor Chee-Wooi Ten, Professor Kedmon N. Hungwe, and Dr. Laura Kasson Fiss

If you have questions or comments, contact us at: sfs@mtu.edu