Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Prescott’s Cyber Intelligence and Security (CIS) Department is now accepting applications for the 2023-2024 National Science Foundation (NSF) CyberCorps® Scholarship for Service (SFS) program.
The Scholarship for Service (SFS) is a unique program designed to recruit and train the next generation of information technology professionals, industrial control system security professionals, and security managers to meet the needs of the cybersecurity mission for Federal, State, local and tribal governments. This program provides scholarships for up to two years of support for cybersecurity undergraduate and graduate education. The scholarships are funded through grants awarded by the NSF. In return for their scholarships, recipients must agree to work after graduation for the U.S. government, in a position related to cybersecurity, for a period equal to the length of the scholarship.
As a leader in aviation and aerospace cybersecurity research and education, Embry-Riddle’s Daytona Beach, FL, and Prescott, AZ, campuses are proud to jointly participate in the NSF CyberCorps SFS program. The SFS program gives students from both campuses’ scholarship funds in exchange for service in the U.S. government for a period equivalent to the length of their scholarship. Through rigorous, interdisciplinary academics and co-curricular experiences, SFS@Embry-Riddle graduates are uniquely prepared for success in the government's cybersecurity workforce.
Students selected as SFS scholars will receive a full-ride scholarship for the 2023-2024 academic year that covers the following:
- Academic-year stipends of $25,000 per year for undergraduate students and $34,000 per year for graduate students.
- Tuition and education related fees (does not include items such as meal plans, housing or parking).
- Professional allowance of $6,000 for SFS Job Fair and other travel, professional certification, etc.
- Participation in virtual and in-person job fairs in Washington, D.C.
SFS scholars must agree to:
- Work immediately following graduation for the federal government or a state, local or tribal government in the United States in a position related to cybersecurity for a period equal to the length of the scholarship.
- Participate in government internship positions in the summers during the years of scholarship study.
- Participate in other SFS activities, such as weekly individual meetings, monthly group meetings, cyber competitions, and conferences and workshops.
- Meet other SFS requirements, such as signing Service Agreement Forms and maintaining good academic standing.
SFS scholars are responsible to apply for and obtain a position. SFS@Embry-Riddle program will assist SFS scholars by helping identify employment opportunities.
You must be or have:
- A citizen or lawful permanent resident of the United States who is not already a U.S. government employee but who meets the criteria for federal employment.
- Enrolled full-time in an Embry-Riddle SFS-eligible undergraduate or graduate program at Prescott and within two years of graduation.
- B.S. in Cyber Intelligence and Security
- B.S. in Software Engineering (Cybersecurity Focus)
- B.S. in Global Security and Intelligence Studies (Cyber AOC)
- M.S. in Cyber Intelligence and Security
- M.S. in Security and Intelligence Studies
- B.S. in another participating degree program in Prescott and with a Minor in Cyber Intelligence and Security
- Minimum undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.0.
- Able to obtain a security clearance. More information about security clearances can be found on the National Background Investigations Bureau page. The procedures and forms used by agencies may vary, but the Standard Form (SF) 86 (Questionnaire for National Security positions) is often used for background investigations and security clearances.
Embry-Riddle@Prescott is a National Center of Academic Excellence for Cyber Defense (CAE-CD) based on cyber-related programs offered and supported by the Department of Cyber Intelligence and Security in the Prescott campus. Our B.S. in Cyber Intelligence and Security degree program is one of the world’s few ABET accredited cybersecurity programs. We are also a part of the RSA Security Scholars Program.
As a SFS scholar, you will collaborate with Embry-Riddle faculty and researchers at Prescott as well as Daytona Beach campuses.
- Gain a rigorous, interdisciplinary education through your degree coursework in cybersecurity in Prescott campus.
- Engage with a dynamic and innovative community of thinkers, leaders and doers in cybersecurity from both campuses.
- Hone your knowledge and practice essential skills through hands-on research opportunities with faculty and peers from both campuses.
You will build relationships and prepare for critical work in government service.
- Attend technical talks given by representatives from government agencies, FFRDCs and national laboratories through Distinguished Speaker Series, President’s Forum and other university activities.
- Enhance your critical thinking and decision-making skills through required coursework and by completing a hands-on cybersecurity project.
- Access a vibrant community of Embry-Riddle alumni who work in the public sector.
How to Apply
- Fill out the scholarship application form
- Due date: April 7, 2023
Prospective and Current SFS Embry-Riddle Prescott Students:
Dr. Krishna Sampigethaya
Dr. Jon Haass
Phone: (928) 777-6975
- CyberCorps: Scholarship for Service: Frequently Asked Questions about the SFS program.
- National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education: Resource for building a resume based on the NICE framework.
- SFS Current Student Canvas Course (will be posted soon)