About the Program
Through the Federal CyberCorps Scholarship for Service (SFS) program, Texas A&M
University provides scholarships to outstanding students studying in the field of
Cybersecurity (broadly defined). Scholarship recipients will complete either a Bachelor,
Master, or Ph.D. degree in diverse Cybersecurity-related programs (e.g., CSE,
Engineering, Geography, International Affairs, etc.). The application period for the program has been extended to May 31st, 2018 at 5:00pm.
The SFS Program is offered and funded through the National Science Foundation
(NSF) in collaboration with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and the Office of Personnel Management (OPM). The SFS program is a unique program designed to
increase and strengthen the cadre of federal cybersecurity professionals that protect the
U.S. government’s critical information infrastructure. This program provides
scholarships to U.S. citizens or permanent residents that fully fund the typical costs
during the study. After graduation, participants must fulfill a government service
obligation for a period equivalent to the length of their scholarship.
Full benefits include:
- Tuition and fees
- Annual stipend (undergraduate: $22,500, and graduate: $34,000)
- Annual book allowance
- A health insurance reimbursement allowance
- A professional development allowance for SFS job fair (required), travel, professional
In return for receiving scholarship benefits, each scholarship recipient incurs certain
- During the summers while enrolled in the program, each student will be responsible
for securing a Cybersecurity-related internship position at a federal, state, or local
government agency. Numerous resources are available to assist students in
identifying and applying for internships.
- Upon graduation, each student will be required to work in a qualified
Cybersecurity related position for a federal, state, local, or tribal government
agency or a qualified national laboratory. The work requirement time period
matches the supported time period. For example, a full two-year scholarship
requires two years of federal employment. Each student is responsible for
identifying, applying for, and securing a qualified position. Numerous resources are
available including an annual job fair specifically for SFS students as well as the
assistance of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), which oversees
permanent placement for scholarship students and The Texas A&M Cybersecurity
- Participate in regular research and academic development meetings and/or
- Students who withdraw from or do not meet their obligations to Texas A&M’s
Scholarship for Service Program will need to repay the portion of the scholarship
they used through a conversion of the scholarship to an educational loan. Prior to
starting the program, students will accept these obligations and terms, including
repayment, through signed agreements with OPM and with Texas A&M University.
Requirements and Eligibility
Students interested in participating in the SFS program must be:
- A United States citizen or permanent resident.
- Enrolled on a full-time basis at Texas A&M University while receiving an SFS
- Either a full-time Master student within two years of graduation, a full-time Ph.D.
student within three years of graduation, or a qualified rising sophomore, junior or
senior undergraduate students.
- Able to meet selection criteria for federal, state, or local government employment.
As final job placement is likely to require a security clearance, each scholarship
recipient may be required to undergo the background investigation required to
obtain such a clearance.
- Competitive students may be from a variety of majors and will have a strong GPA
for their major (Minimum 3.25).
Students who are interested in applying for the SFS Program must complete and
- An application form
- Three letters of recommendation from faculty, staff, or employers. Letters can be
Hand delivered to:
The Texas A&M Cybersecurity Center,
200 Discovery Dr., College Station, TX
The Computer Science Department
Front desk, HRBB 302
The Texas A&M Cybersecurity Center
200 Discovery Dr., Suite 105
College Station, TX, 77843
Directly emailed from the letter writer to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Most current resume and/or curriculum vitae
- Official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended. (Transcripts from Texas
A&M University may be unofficial; all other transcripts must be official). If a
university/college has the option to send an official transcript electronically send to:
Jennifer Cutler, email@example.com
- A statement of purpose detailing academic, professional, and personal goals; and
how participation in the Scholarship for Service Program will help achieve these
- Essay describing your interest in cybersecurity, any past relevant experiences, and
future plans. Please include any current or past military service.
- DEADLINE EXTENDED: Completed applications DUE MAY 31st 5:00pm.
Submitted applications will be kept confidential and never shared outside of the SFS
application review committee. All applications are kept in accordance with the Texas
A&M University Records Retention Policy.