James Madison University

Undergraduate Scholarship for Service

The Computer Science Department at JMU recently became one of the few distinguished institutions in the country that is part of the CyberCorps: Scholarship For Service (SFS) program. The award was made in September 2011 and will support four cohorts of students for the final two years of their study, starting in the fall of 2012.

CyberCorps is a unique program designed to increase and strengthen the cadre of federal information assurance professionals that protect the government's critical information infrastructure. This program provides scholarships that fully fund the typical costs that students pay for books, tuition, and room and board while attending an approved institution of higher learning. In return, scholarship recipients agree to work for a federal agency for up to two years.

If you are interested in the graduate scholarship, please view the graduate scholarship requirements and application information

The scholarship provides (for up to two years):

  • Full time student tuition
  • An annual stipend in the amount of $20,000
  • An annual professional development allowance (travel, professional certification etc.) of up to $3,000
  • An annual book and fee allowance of up to $1,000

Scholarship Eligibility:

  1. Must be a United States Citizen
  2. Must meet criteria for Federal Government employment
  3. Must be able to obtain security clearance
  4. Must be registered with the Selective Service System, if a male born after 12/31/59
  5. Must be a rising junior, graduating in two years
  6. Must have a grade point average of at least 3.3 (major GPA) at the time of application

Student Scholar's Responsibilities:

  1. Must register as an SFS scholarship recipient on SFS Program website.
  2. Must search for internship and post graduation opportunities. Student must be able to do an internship with a federal agency during the summer, after the first year of study. Student is responsible to secure the internship position, with help from the program director.
  3. Must attend the annual SFS Job fair/symposium (generally held in early January). This will help securing an internship and a position at a federal government organization.
  4. Must post and maintain a resume on the Office of Personnel Management system. Student must view/edit resume and contact information quarterly.
  5. Complete and submit a job search activity report to the SFS program office quarterly.
  6. Must be taking the Information Security Certification track.
  7. Must maintain full-time student status.
  8. Must be able to graduate in two years from the start of the scholarship program.
  9. Must be an active member of at least one of the student groups within the department that focus on Information Security (the Computer Forensics Student Group or the Cyber Defense Club).

If a student fails to meet any of the responsibilities or obligations associated with the scholarship, or falsifies any information related to the scholarship, the student is required to pay back all monetary benefits received through the program.

For more information about eligibility and requirements, please visit the official SFS FAQ from the Office of Personnel Management.

Application Requirements:

Students interested in applying for the SFS scholarship must make sure that our office has received the following documents by April 30, 2015, to be considered for the scholarship:

  1. Applicant's resume
  2. A personal statement, indicating why student is interested in the scholarship and why she should be considered for the scholarship.
  3. Two letters of recommendations emailed directly, by the references, to cs-sfs@jmu.edu , at least one from a faculty member who is familiar with the applicant's academic performance.
  4. Signed Scholarship Agreement Form, sent to Ms. Carole Ritchie's office.

Contact Information:

Florian Buchholz, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Computer Science Department
Director, Digital Forensics Program
701 Carrier Drive, MSC 4103
James Madison University
Harrisonburg, VA 22807

Email: buchhofp@jmu.edu
Tel: (540) 568-8815
Fax: (540) 568-2745

M. Hossain Heydari, Ph.D. 
Professor, Computer Science Department 
Director, Graduate InfoSec Program
701 Carrier Drive, MSC 4103
James Madison University
 Harrisonburg, VA 22807

E-Mail: heydarmh@jmu.edu 
Tel:    (540) 568-8745
Fax:    (540) 568-2745

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