SFS@BAMA: CyberCorp Scholarship for Service
2021 Recruitment Period Now Open!!!
Calling all undergraduate CCJ majors who are currently in their sophomore or junior year (and MIS and CS majors for our CC minor students)! The recruiting period has begun for the CyberCorp Scholarship for Service program. Only 1 CCJ major will be selected to enter the program each year, so this is an extremely competitive process.
What is SFS@Bama?
This scholarship is for students who are interested in a career with the federal government in the fields of cybersecurity, cyber criminal investigations, digital forensics, and related fields. Essentially, your tuition will be covered for up to the last two years of your undergraduate degree and you will receive a yearly stipend of $25,000. You will take a number of required cyber-specific courses in the CCJ, MIS, and CS departments, and you will also be required to intern with government agencies in the summer months, many of which require a TS/SCI national security clearance (don’t worry if you don’t already have one).
In return, you must work for the federal government for the same length of time you received the scholarship following graduation; if you do not, you will have to pay back the funding received in-full.
Am I eligible to apply?
- Students in their sophomore or junior year at UA (or senior year for AMP students)
- Students must be a full-time CCJ, CS, or MIS major to apply (double majors are fine)
- Students must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents
- GPA of at least 3.0 to be considered
- Must be able to obtain a national security clearance and may be subject to background checks during the UA application process. If you aren’t sure if casual drug use will disqualify you from employment with the federal government, check out the FBI’s drug policy here.
When is the application due and how can I apply?
Visit the website for the SFS@Bama program here; you will apply via the portal on this website. THE PORTAL IS NOT ACTIVE YET; we have not begun to accept applications but when the date is announced this flyer will be updated. In the meantime, start putting together your application packet now. Poorly written and rushed essays are easy to spot.
The interview process will begin either late this year or early next year. If you are a CCJ major, you can direct any questions about the application process and program to Dr. Dolliver (firstname.lastname@example.org). If you are an MIS major, please direct all questions to Dr. Hudnall (email@example.com). If you are a CS major, please direct all questions to Dr. Atkison (firstname.lastname@example.org).