Scholarship for Service (SFS) is a unique program designed to increase and strengthen the cadre of federal cyber security professionals that protect the government's critical information infrastructure. This program provides scholarships that will fully fund the typical costs incurred by full-time students, including tuition and education and related fees. Additionally, the scholarships pay stipends of $22,500 per year for undergraduate students, and $34,000 per year for graduate students. The scholarships are funded through grants awarded by the National Science Foundation. Students in the Cybersecurity, Virtualization and Forensics program may apply.
Who should apply?
A student must meet all of the following:
- be a full-time Cybersecurity, Virtualization and Forensics student
- be a United States citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR); meet criteria for Federal employment
- be able to obtain a security clearance, if required
What costs do the SFS program scholarships cover?
Typically, the scholarships provide academic year stipends of $22,500 per year for undergraduate students and $34,000 for graduate students. In addition, SFS scholarships may cover expenses normally incurred by full-time students in the institution, including tuition, education-related fees (does not include items such as meal plans, housing, or parking), a health insurance reimbursement allowance, a professional development allowance for the SFS Job Fair and other travel, professional certification, etc., and a book allowance of $2,000 per academic year.
Do I incur an obligation by receiving this scholarship?
Yes. You must serve at a Federal, State, Local, or Tribal Government organization in an information assurance position for a period equivalent to the length of the scholarship or one year, whichever is longer. An academic year (i.e., the fall or spring semesters) is equivalent to a calendar year of employment. If you are funded for two academic years, you must serve at a Federal, State, Local, or Tribal Government organization in a covered position for two calendar years. If you are funded for one academic year or less (e.g., only one semester), you must serve for one calendar year. The post graduate employment obligation must be fulltime employment.
Where will the jobs/internships be located?
Jobs will be located throughout the United States. However, the overwhelming majority will be in the Washington, DC, metropolitan area. Therefore, participants will be required to be available for placement nationwide.
What responsibilities do I have to the program while I am still in school?
- Attend the annual job fair/symposium until post graduate commitment is secured
- Search for internship and post-graduation opportunities
- Complete and submit a job search activity report to the program office quarterly
- View/edit resume and contact information quarterly
- Engage in other SFS related activities as directed by the Principal Investigator (PI)
May I contact agencies with which I would like to serve the internship or be placed to fulfill my post-graduation employment commitment?
Yes. In fact, students are required to find placement opportunities on their own. The program office provides many tools and resources to assist that include contact information for agencies interested in hiring Information Assurance Specialists, website link to current IA announcements, and an annual job fair.
Am I guaranteed permanent placement with a Federal Agency?
No. Students are responsible for their own job search. The Program Office makes several tools available to assist students in their job search efforts. These tools include the SFS program website, resume posting, dedicated job fairs, and job activity logs.
What positions are open to me?
Students can apply for any position that includes duties in Information Assurance at a Federal, State, Local, or Tribal Government organization, Independent Agency, Government Corporation, Commission, or Quasi-Official Agency. Positions may be secured to meet obligations at a National Laboratory, a Federally Funded Research Development Center, or other approved organization on a limited basis. If a student is unsure if a particular position meets program requirement, they should contact the SFS Program Office at email@example.com for verification.