About USA's Cyber Scholars Program

2017-18 USA Cyber Scholars SFS Cohort


(l-r front:) Ms. Angela Clark (Co-PI), Aurora Herriott, Bronwyn Hodges, Taylor Meckley, Chris Patrick, Thanh Nguyen

(l-r back) Michael Dorsett, Mr. Les Barnett (Co-PI), Nathan Herron, Jordan Seaman, John Dombrowski, Adam Minor, Adam Gautier, Dr. Todd Andel (PI)

Not pictured: Dr. Todd McDonald (Co-PI) and Sandra Falgout

In 2016, USA was awarded a $4.1 million grant renewal from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to provide scholarship opportunities to highly qualified students taking information assurance (IA) education tracks as part of USA’s Cyber Scholars program.

USA Cyber Scholars are pursuing undergraduate and graduate studies in the School of Computing and will take IA curriculum that will prepare them for their future careers as professionals in the federal cyber security workforce.  The scholarship provides each student with a stipend (undergraduates $22,500 and graduates $34,000) and coverage of tuition, fees, books, and other expenses for a 2 or 3-year period of study.  Upon graduation, they will fulfill a service commitment by working in a U.S. government agency or a federally-funded research center in the area of cyber security for a period of time equal to the length of their scholarship.  Students must also complete a paid internship commitment between the first and second years of the scholarship.  The USA Cyber Scholars will also participate in IA professional development events such as workshops, seminars, and cyber competitions, attend a Federal Job Fair, and will conduct research in cyber security related areas.



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