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.

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