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Program Requirements

Only U.S. citizens and Permanent residents are eligible to apply for this scholarship.

Program benefits: 

The scholarship program will support undergraduate students toward the completion of their final year of undergraduate study and two years of the M.S. in cybersecurity program and graduate students for two years of M.S. in cybersecurity program.  

  • Full-time tuition 
  • Provision of academic-year stipends of $22,500 per year for undergraduate students and $34,000 per year for graduate students.
  • A health insurance reimbursement allowance up to $3,000 per year;
  • A professional development allowance of $4,000 for SFS Job Fair and symposium, research conferences and cybersecurity skill development, professional certification, and etc. 
  • A book allowance of $2,000 per academic year.

Eligibility Requirements

Undergraduate (3-year program towards M.S.)

Graduate (2-year graduate program towards M.S.)
- U.S. Citizen (not dual, not an alien from a country on the state-sponsored terrorism list fromthe state department) - U.S. Citizen (not dual, not an alien from a country on the state-sponsored terrorism list fromthe state department)

-rising senior in CS or related computing degree

- one year undergraduate + two year graduate (M.S.)

- minimum 3.3 GPA on 4.0 scale in their major

- demonstrate advaned programming skill and cybersecurity interests and knowledge

- eligible for federal employment

- able to obtain security clearance

- OPM verification

- senior students in CS or related computing degree from an ABET accredited institution

- minimum 3.3 GPA on 4.0 scale in their major

- demonstrate advaned programming skill and cybersecurity interests and knowledge

- eligible for federal employment

- able to obtain security clearance

- OPM verification

Program obligations:

  • Paticipate in SFS Introduction Session
  • Complete courses in the curriculum with a minimum letter grade of B
  • Conduct research under the guidance of a faculty mentor assigned by PI during semester
  • Undergo at least one professional certificaton training
  • Participate in at least one security competition, such as SECCDC and National Cyber League
  • Provide technical training events
  • Join ISSA and InfraGuard
  • Serve as a mentor in at least one of these programs, SFS student ambassador program, Community Internship program, and etc. 
  • Serve in a leadership postition in one of these: UTC CyberSecurity organization, NSBE, SWE, IEEE, ACM, ACM Middle-SE
  • Participate in summer internship/research programs
  • Attend at least 2 conference related to education/research/professional development
  • Attend SFS Job Fair, WiCyS Career Fair, Virtual SANS Talent Fair
  • After graduation, MUST serve at a federal, state, local, or tribal government organization or national labs in a full-time cybersecurity position for a period equivalent to the length of the scholarship or one year, whichever is longer. 

Application Process 

  • Please contact Dr. Yang before submiting your application form.  
  • A 500-word essay describing your interests in cybersecurity and career aspirations
  • Current resume
  • Academic transcript
  • Three letters of recomendation with at least two letters from faculty describing applicants ability to: a. pursue graduate training in cybersecurity, b) aptitude, c) professionalism, d) motivation, e) expertise in cyber security, f) intersts and commitment to government jobs, and g) personal responsibility. 
  • Commitment to work for the federal government for two (for 2-year program students) or three years (for 3-year program students) upon completion of the CyberCorps: SFS program
  • Complete Infragard memebership process (background check) http://www.infragard.com/, or through the School of Education at http://www.utc.edu/school-education/studentresources/studentproced.php
  • Complete CyberCorps: SFS (Scholarship Track) Service Agreement

Maintaining Scholarship Criteria

Undergraduate (3-year program) Graduate (2-year program)

- full-time student (no outside employment)

- graduated with a minimum of 3.3 GPA on 4.0 scale in heir major (once in MS program, gradaute student criteria will be applied)

- complete their assigned research and learning activities

- full time student (no outside employment)

- maintain 3.3 GPA on 4.0 scale

- complete their assigned research and learning activities

Contact: 

Dr. Li Yang (Li-Yang AT utc DOT edu), PI of the CyberCorps program at UTC

Dr. Joseph Kizza (Joseph-Kizza AT utc DOT edu), Department head of Computer Science and Engineering, Co-PI of CyberCorps program at UTC