Tennessee CyberCorps: Scholarship for Service Program


In response to the lack of critical shortage in national demand for highly trained professionals in cybersecurity, in 2016 the National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded Tennessee Tech University close to $4 million in a grant through their CyberCorps: Scholarship for Service (SFS) program (https://www.sfs.opm.gov/). Tennessee Tech’s program (PI: Ambareen Siraj, Award# 1566662).

Over the course of the next five years, the CyberCorps grant will help increase the national cybersecurity workforce by providing scholarships for 26 Tennessee Tech students (US Citizens and permanent residents). The students will complete their advanced degree in cybersecurity at Tennessee Tech’s Computer Science program and afterwards are expected to secure a position with government (federal/state/local/tribal) and national labs to defend the nation in the cyberspace. Tennessee Tech is among an elite list of 71 higher education institutions in the nation who run this program.

With the CyberCorps program, both Tennessee Tech undergraduate and graduate students will benefit immensely. For each year in the SFS program, students benefit include

  • Full coverage of all tuition
  • $3,000 health insurance reimbursement
  • $4,000 for professional development/travel reimbursement
  • $2,000 as Book Allowance
  • $22,500 stipend (for undergraduates) and $34,000 stipend (for graduate students)

Tennessee Tech CyberCorp is a hybrid program that offers two paths to students:

Accelerated path to Master’s program:

  • Open only to TTU CS Cybersecurity concentration fast track students after 60 credit hours completion
  • Receive scholarship as undergraduate SFS scholar during junior and senior year in fast track undergraduate program
  • Receive scholarship as graduate SFS scholar during remaining 1 year in Master’s program

Traditional path to Master’s program:

  • Open to any student across nation;
  • Receive scholarship as graduate SFS scholar during 2 years in Master’s program

Eligible candidates can apply here. Please address questions about the scholarship to sfs AT tntech DOT edu.

Accelerated Path Eligibility:

  • Be a full-time TTU CS student within two years of graduation with a bachelor’s degree;
  • Be eligible to enroll in the Computer Science Fast Track program (overall GPA of 3.25 and a GPA for CS courses of at least 3.5);
  • Enrolled in the Cybersecurity concentration;
  • Demonstrated commitment towards cybersecurity career;
  • Commitment to complete Master’s degree with additional one more year;
  • Commitment to contribute in TTU CEROC’s educational, research and outreach activities.

Traditional Path Eligibility:

  • Any undergraduate student across nation with GPA of at least 3.0/4.0 in computer science or related fields;
  • GRE scores with Quantitative ≥ 50%; Verbal ≥ 33%; Analytical Writing ≥ 33%. (TTU students will not be required to take the GRE).
  • Availability of appropriate faculty to serve as research advisor.
  • Demonstrated participation in undergraduate research and/or competitions in the field.
  • Demonstrated involvement with independent/group projects and/or professional experience in the field.
  • Demonstrated commitment towards cybersecurity career;
  • Commitment to contribute in TTU CEROC’s educational, research and outreach activities.
  • Three letters of recommendation that demonstrate strong evidence for success in the program.

The students must commit as per scholarship requirements to study cybersecurity at Tennessee Tech, participate in various service learning activities at the Cybersecurity Education, Research and Outreach Center at Tennessee Tech, work paid summer internships with participating federal, state, local, or tribal government agency, or federally funded research and development center. In addition to that, they also must spend one year working (paid employment) for one of the aforementioned government services after graduation for every year the scholarship was awarded. Students must be eligible to acquire security clearance, as needed.

Any additional questions regarding the program can be directed to: sfs AT tntech DOT edu