Scholarship for Service

Scholarship for Service

Pace University has been awarded a National Science Foundation grant to support undergraduate and graduate students interested in studying information assurance and cybersecurity.

About the Program

CyberCorps®: Scholarship for Service (SFS) is a unique program designed to increase and strengthen the cadre of information assurance professionals that protect the government’s critical information infrastructure.

Pace CyberCorps® scholars will complete either a Bachelor’s degree in computing, a Master’s degree in computing, or a PhD in Computer Science, and receive support for two or three years, depending on their pathway.

Eligibility

  • United States citizen or permanent resident
  • Currently enrolled in, or applied for admission/transfer to, a program at Pace University
  • Pursue or intend to pursue a course of study in cybersecurity as approved by the Program Director
  • Be within two or three years of graduation
  • Have at least a 3.0 undergraduate GPA, and/or a 3.5 graduate GPA
  • Meet selection criteria for federal employment, including obtaining a security clearance

Benefits

  • Full tuition and academic fees for up to three years
  • Annual stipend of $20,000 for undergraduate students/$32,000 for graduate students
  • Annual textbook allowance of $1,000
  • Paid summer internship at a local/state/federal agency between the scholar's first and second year in the program*
  • Full-time employment at a local/state/federal government agency*

  • * The Pace CyberCorps® Scholars are responsible to apply for and obtain a position. The Pace CyberCorps® Program will provide assistance with identifying employment opportunities.

Obligations

  • Be a full-time student
  • Maintain a minimum 3.25 GPA (undergraduate) / 3.75 GPA (graduate)
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  • Participate in all Pace CyberCorps® program activities
  • Complete the degree/program requirements successfully**
  • Participate in a summer internship with a local/state/federal agency***
  • Work for a local/state/federal agency in qualifying positions, upon completing academic degree requirements. Length of service depends on length of scholarship support – one year of service for one year of support.***

  • ** Although there will be flexibility in meeting individual student interests and goals, there will be a list of required courses a student must take. Contact the Program Director to discuss your individual requirements.

  • *** List of Federal Agencies and Federally Funded Research and Development Centers

Selection

Pace CyberCorps® scholarships are offered on a competitive basis. The scholarships are effective for two to three years starting with the fall semester. Scholarship recipients are selected based on:

  • Academic performance
  • Resume key items
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Essay outlining the applicant's objectives as it relates to cybersecurity and a career in the government
  • Ability to obtain security clearance
  • Interview

Application Timeline

Application Form: download here
Service Agreement: download here
Application Deadline: April 15, 2016 (may be extended with approval from Program Director)
Awards Announced: by June 30, 2016

Contact

Li-Chiou Chen, Ph.D.
Program Director
Email: lchen@pace.edu
Phone: (914) 773-3907

Andreea Cotoranu
Program Coordinator
Email: acotoranu@pace.edu
Phone: (914) 773-3193