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Mar 21 2009   9:09PM GMT

Government scholarships for studying cybersecurity

John Little Profile: Xjlittle

The US Government give you a full scholarship for college if you want to become a cybersecurity specialist. The scholarship covers room and board, books and tuition.

The obvious question here is “What do I have to give them in return?” Two years of government service at a federal agency in a cybersecurity position. That’s not a whole to ask in my opinion. Think about. Your getting a paid-for education in a field whose demand is only going to grow and all you have to do is work at a federal agency for two year using what you majored in at college. Not bad.

The program, known as SFS (Scholarship for Service), is run by run jointly by the National Science Foundation and DHS. SFS is quickly becoming known for more than just recruiting talent for their scholarships:

In the information assurance community, SFS is becoming widely recognized as indispensable, especially when government demand for highly skilled information technology security professionals is surging because of Information Systems Management Act requirements, the inexorable growth in security operations centers and an impending wave of retirements.

Michelle Kwon who graduated from the program has this to say about it

“When I graduated from the SFS program, I really thought I was going to do my two years [of government service] and then jump to industry and make big bucks,” Kwon said. “But I was given opportunities through the program that I wouldn’t have had otherwise.”

Michelle is now in a high-powered position as director of the Homeland Security Department’s U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team. Last year she was named director of US-CERT.

You can read more about the program here.

If I were a student and looking for a way to go to college this would be a fantastic way to go.


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