The Scholarships for Service (SFS) program has provided WPI with funds to support student scholarships in cybersecurity. These scholarships provide tuition, stipend, and fees in exchange for the student taking summer internships and a period of post-graduation employment with the government (federal, state, local, or tribal).

The National Science Foundation funds this program to help grow the nation's pool of qualified cybersecurity workers. Scholars work in a variety of agencies and positions, with options including forensics, network defense, and public policy. Scholars' commitment to service is critical to the integrity of the program, both at WPI and nationally. In return, the SFS program commits to its scholars through job fairs and other professional development opportunities.

Eligibility

Applicants must be/have:

  • Strong Evidence in Ability to Obtain Security Clearance
  • a rising junior/senior undergraduate student or graduate student at WPI (prospective students must have applied separately for admission to either Computer Science or Electrical and Computer Engineering)
  • pursuing a plan of study with significant security content in their host department

Evaluation criteria include (but are not limited to) academic qualifications (such as GPA), demonstrated interests in cybersecurity, and eligibility for a US security clearance (required for post-scholarship employment).

Obligations

Students funded under this program incur the following obligations:

  • Complete a degree program through a plan of study with a significant focus on security
  • Search for and complete security-related government internships during the summers while funded under the program
  • Search for and complete employment with the government (federal, state, local, or tribal) immediately following graduation. The period of employment must equal the duration of the scholarship.
  • Participate in conferences, job fairs, and other meetings related to the SFS program.

Program Benefits

Students funded under the program receive the following benefits:

  • Full tuition scholarship (2-3 years depending on degree program)
  • Annual stipend (for living expenses): $22,500 for undergraduate students and $34,000 for graduate students
  • Annual separate funds to reimburse books (up to $2,000), health fees (up to $3,000), and professional development (including travel, up to $4,000)
  • Participation in a targeted job fair and other professional-development events for SFS scholars

How to Apply

Requirements

A complete application requires the following:

  • A resume that includes work experience, key skills, honors, and awards
  • Contact information for two references, at least one of whom is a faculty member. We do not need letters from your references as part of the application, just their contact information. The application has a space to provide this information.
  • Official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended (other than WPI)
  • A statement (1-2 pages) describing your experience and interests around cybersecurity, your broader career goals, aspects of government work that do (and do not) interest you, and why are you are applying for this scholarship
  • A completed and signed Obligation Acknowledgement Form (PDF).

When to Submit

Completed applications (for scholarships beginning in Fall 2017) should be received by 11:59 pm on February 27, 2017.

How to Submit

Click on the following link to complete the application process and upload your supporting materials.  Be sure to have the following completed and ready for upload before clicking on the application link:

Click here for Application Link

Due to their sensitive nature, official transcripts from colleges/universities need to be hand-carried in a sealed envelope or mailed directly to:

Dr. Suzanne Mello-Stark
WPI Department of Computer Science
100 Institute Road
Worcester, MA 01609

Questions?

Contact us at sfs-cybercorps@wpi.edu.

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