Auburn University

CyberCorps Scholarship for Service


What is it?

Scholarship for Service (SFS) is a program designed to increase and strengthen the cadre of federal information assurance professionals that protect the government's critical information infrastructure. The scholarship typically funds two years of study, with the option of extending to a third year with permission of the team that supervises the scholarship program. The scholarship pays tuition and fees, and provides a book allowance of $500 per year. Undergraduate scholars are paid a yearly stipend of $22.5K; graduate scholars are paid a yearly stipend of $34K. Each scholarship recipient is obligated to take part in career-building activities during the regular academic year, participate in a paying public-sector internship each summer, and obtain a full-time cybersecurity-related job in the public sector (federal, state, territorial, local, or tribal level) within two years of the end of the scholarship. Graduates must work in the public sector for a period equivalent to the length of the scholarship rounded up to the nearest whole year or one calendar year, whichever is longer.

The scholarship is administered locally by Auburn University, but is part of a larger national program funded by the National Science Foundation and the US Office of Personnel Management. 


This program is open to US citizens and US Permanent Residents pursuing an on-campus degree at Auburn University.   All participants must be willing and eligible to obtain a security clearance.

While we consider scholarship applications from students majoring in all fields related to cyber protection, we give priority to students majoring in computer science, software engineering, computer engineering, wireless engineering, and electrical engineering.  The faculty that participate in the scholarship program are able to help engineering students find internships and, later, jobs. 

This is a merit-based scholarship; selection is not based on financial need or other extra-academic criteria.    The scholarship is available to students enrolled in an on-campus degree program at the main Auburn University campus; mentoring and professional development activities preclude offering the scholarship to distance education students.

Selection Criteria

  1. Motivation for a career in the public sector.

  2. Interview with Auburn Security Office (Office of Sponsored Programs)

  3. Interview with scholarship committee chaired by Dr. Umphress

  4. Acceptance into the FBI's InfraGard Program

  5. Solid academic performance

  6. -undergraduate

  7. must be majoring in computer science, software engineering, computing engineering, wireless engineering, electrical engineering, or a closely related field.

  8. must be within two years of graduation

  9. GPA > 3.0

  10. -graduate

  11. must qualify for admission to the Auburn University Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering graduate program at either the masters or doctoral level

  12. GPA > 3.5 in previous, if any, graduate coursework.

To Apply
Submit the items below as a single e-mail to sfs at by May 15th for the consideration for the following Fall semester.
Cover letter stating 
That you are a US citizen or permanent resident.
The degree and academic major you are pursuing as of the beginning of the semester you wish to start the scholarship.   Please also include your projected graduation date.  
Your affiliation with Auburn University:
Current Auburn University student.
Admitted to Auburn University but not yet attending.
Application submitted to Auburn University and pending an admission decision.
Not affiliated with Auburn University.
Whether you are considered an in-state or out-of-state student.
Your interest for a career in the U.S. Civil Service.
Acknowledgement that you understand the service obligation incurred by accepting the scholarship.  You will be asked to submit a signed service agreement if selected for the scholarship.
College transcript(s).  An unofficial version of transcripts is acceptable, such as a pdf of a web-based transcript.  You will be asked to submit an official transcript if selected for the scholarship.
GRE Scores (graduate students only).  
Cybersecurity research interests (graduate students only).

We anticipate awarding 10 new scholarships at the beginning of the 2017, 2018, and 2019 academic years.   Approximately half the scholarships each year will go to undergraduate students and half to graduate students.  Scholarship applicants will be notified of their selection status by June 1st.  Those offered a scholarship must provide official transcripts, be accepted to membership in the FBI's InfraGard program, and undergo an Auburn University employee background check.


SFS Scholarship Students must serve at a government agency (at the federal, state, local, or tribal level) in an information assurance position for a period equivalent to the length of the scholarship or one year, whichever is longer.