CyberCorps: Scholarships for Service

Hampton University Graduate Education and Training Scholarships in Information Assurance (HU GETS-IA) Program

Program Description

Hampton University (HU) is a Historically Black College and University (HBCU) located in Hampton, Virginia that houses an Information Assurance and Cyber Security Center (IAC@HU) that is designated as a Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education (CAE/IAE) by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and National Security Agency (NSA).


Hampton University has received the National Science Foundation (NSF) CyberCorps: Scholarship for Service (SFS) grant (January 2013 and renewal until 2023) that will provide support for students to study in the Master of Science in Information Assurance (MS in IA) program. Students who choose to major in the MS in IA program at Hampton University may apply this scholarship.  With the recently renewal award, we now have 3 categories of scholar: (1) Undergraduate 2-year, (2) Undergraduate 3-year (1-year undergraduate and 2-year graduate), and Graduate (2-year) programs.

The CyberCorps: SFS program is offered by the NSF and co-sponsored by the DHS. Interested Parties may apply through the department of Computer Science (CSC) and must participate in the CyberCorps: SFS program.

Benefits of the Cybercorps: Scholarship for Service

The scholarship program will support undergraduate students toward the completion of their final year of undergraduate study and two years of the MS in IA program and graduate students for two years of the MS in IA program. Undergraduate students will receive fully paid tuition and fees and a stipend of $25,000 per year. Graduate students will have their tuition and fees paid and receive a stipend of $34,000 per year. Meanwhile, each supported student will be awarded funds to cover health insurance (up to $4,000 per year), books (up to $3,000 per year), and professional development costs (such as travel to the NSF CyberCorps: SFS Job Fair and Symposium, research conferences and cybersecurity skills development, up to $4,000 per year).  

 

Eligibility Requirements

 

Undergraduate
(2-year program)

Undergraduate
(3-year program: 1U+2G)

Graduate
(2-year program)

Common Eligibility

  • U.S. Citizen (not dual, not an alien from a country on the state-sponsored terrorism list from the state department)
  • eligible for government, federal, local, and state employment
  • able to obtain security clearance
  • OPM verification
*Security clearances, and many federal agencies, require U.S. citizenship. It is the recipient's responsibility to attain such a position in state, local, tribal or territorial governments given these limitations.

Specific

Eligibility

  • Junior or rising junior in majors (completed  CSC 252 and have 2-year remain for their BS degree) offered in the Department of Computer Science at Hampton University
  • minimum 3.3 GPA
  • demonstrate advanced programming skill and cyber security (complete or currently taking  at least one cyber security course)
  • Senior or rising seniors in majors the Department of Computer Science at Hampton University (expected BS degree within one year)
  • minimum 3.3 GPA
  • demonstrate advanced programming skill and IA knowledge (complete at least one cyber security course)
  • demonstrate the ability to maintain 3.5 GPA when continue going to MS program
  • Senior in IA, CSC, CIS, or related computing degree (or students hold a BS in IA, CSC, CIS, or related computing degree) from an ABET accredited institution
  • Has been accepted into MS in IA program at Hampton University as a Regular Admission (no bridge courses requirement)
  • minimum 3.3 GPA in BS program
  • demonstrate advanced programming skill and IA knowledge (complete at least one cyber security course in their undergraduate program)

Maintaining Scholarship Criteria

  • full time student (no outside employment)
  • graduated with a minimum of 3.3 GPA on 4.0 scale in their major
  • complete their 20 hours/week research with assigned research advisor

 

  • full time student (no outside employment)
  • graduated with a minimum of 3.3 GPA on 4.0 scale in their major (once in MS in IA program, graduate student criteria will be applied)
  • complete their 20 hours/week research with assigned research advisor
  • full time student (no outside employment)
  • maintain 3.5 GPA on 4.0 scale
  • complete their 20 hours/week research with assigned research advisor

 

*** Upon review of application package, applicant will be contacted  for a phone or in-person interview.

 

Obligations to the Federal Government

Recipients of the CyberCorps SFS program must:

  • Complete the degree program successfully and on time
  • Obtain summer internship with a participating federal agency
  • Fulfill a one-for-one year commitment post-graduation (students in the two-year program must complete 24 months of working for a federal agency; students in the three-year program must complete 36 months of working for a federal agency)
  • Attend the annual CyberCorps: SFS Job Fair and Symposium in Washington DC (expenses covered)
  • Pay back all student support if they can not fulfill their commitment to the federal government.

 

Application:   

  • Scholarship For Service Application Form: 
    • for MS (2-year program) - May 1  (posted mail)
    • for undergraduate programs (2-year or 3-year) - March 15  
  • Application for Graduate Program (MS in IA) please visit Hampton U Online:  


CONTACTS

Dr. Chutima Boonthum-Denecke, Director of the IAC@HU, PI of the HU GETS-IA program. chutima.boonthum@hamptonu.edu, (office) 757-727-5082

Dr. Jean Muhammad, Chair of the department of Compute Science, Co-PI of the HU GETS-IA program. jeana.muhammad@hamptonu.edu, (office) 757-727-5564