The Scholarship for Service program offers full scholarships majors in computer science in exchange for government services in cybersecurity

Scholarship season is approaching: Computer science majors and engineering minors in cybersecurity have until January 15, 2023 to apply for a $25,000 scholarship offered through the National Science Foundation’s CyberCorps Scholarship Program for the service. A stipend and tuition fees are also included.

A workshop for those interested will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on November 18 at the William Pennington Engineering Building. RSVP by November 15 for [email protected]

This scholarship program continues to grow in importance as the need for professionally trained cybersecurity manpower increases with the amount of cyberspace threats.

“Cybercrime costs the global economy significantly each year and is expected to reach $10.5 trillion per year by 2025,” said Shamik Sengupta, executive director of the University’s Cybersecurity Center and professor in the College of Engineering. . “These cyber threats have also extended to the healthcare, energy and financial sectors. Recently, we have also seen the evolution of exploits such as “REvil/Sodinokibi”, “Industroyer” or “Crash Override”, which are beginning to target critical cyber-physical infrastructures and other government units. »

The Cybersecurity Center received a $3.3 million grant from the National Science Foundation earlier this year to deliver the program. It was the first in Nevada to receive this grant, and one of eight nationwide to receive it in 2022.

Since 2014 when the Cyber ​​Security Center was established, it has grown to include minor degrees, a graduate certificate, and a graduate program that includes a strong cross section of colleges and departments across the ‘University. The center has strived for excellence in the research it does and has done community outreach in local schools.

“As a result, in 2020, the NUR Computer Science and Engineering major with a minor in Cyber ​​Security earned the highly prestigious designation of Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber ​​Defense (CAE-CD) from the NSA and DHS,” Sengupta said.

In its first year of running the NSF CyberCorps Scholarship for Service (SFS) program, two students were awarded scholarships. Over the next four years, another 21 students will receive scholarships. Students who receive the scholarship receive $25,000 per year, a $6,000 stipend and $13,000 for tuition. To take steps to develop a diverse cybersecurity workforce, the NFS grant is used to provide this scholarship. When students accept the SFS scholarship, they agree to work in a government cybersecurity job in the cybersecurity field chosen by the students for a period equal to the number of years for which they received the scholarship.

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