Louisiana Tech CyberCorps Scholarship Program
In response to the critical shortage for highly trained professionals in cybersecurity, the National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded Louisiana Tech University a $3.5 million grant through their CyberCorps®: Scholarship for Service (SFS) program (https://www.sfs.opm.gov/).
Over the course of the next five years, this CyberCorps® grant will help increase the national cybersecurity workforce by providing scholarships for 30 Louisiana Tech students (U.S. citizens only). Recipients will complete a bachelor's degree in Computer Science with a Cybersecurity concentration, a Cyber Engineering degree, and/or a master's degree in Computer Science from the College of Engineering and Science at Louisiana Tech University, and, afterwards, are expected to secure a position with government (federal/state/local/tribal) and national labs to defend the nation in the cyberspace. Louisiana Tech is among an elite list of 69 higher education institutions in the nation who run this program.
With the CyberCorps® program, both Louisiana 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 in health insurance reimbursement,
- $4,000 for professional development/travel reimbursement,
- $2,000 as book allowance, and
- $22,500 as a stipend (for undergraduates) and $34,000 as a stipend (for graduate students).
Louisiana Tech’s CyberCorp® is a hybrid program that offers two paths for students: a Bachelor's Degree Only program and a Bachelor's + Master's Degree program.
Bachelor’s Degree Only Program
- Open ONLY to Louisiana Tech University undergraduate students currently enrolled as a major in Computer Science with a Cybersecurity concentration or as a Cyber Engineering major with junior standing or higher in their curriculum
- Receive the scholarship as undergraduate SFS Scholar during their junior and senior years
- Work a paid summer internship with a government agency (federal/state/local/tribal) between their junior and senior year
Bachelor’s + Masters Degree Program
- Open ONLY to Louisiana Tech University undergraduates currently enrolled as majors in Computer Science with a Cybersecurity concentration or Cyber Engineering majors with senior standing or higher in their curriculum and who plan to complete the Master’s program in Computer Science
- Recipients must be eligible for concurrent enrollment in the Master's of Science in Computer Science program (see the University Catalog for concurrent enrollment requirements).
- Receive the scholarship as an undergraduate SFS Scholar during their senior year of undergraduate studies and as a graduate SFS Scholar during their Master’s program (expected to be ~one year)
- Work a paid summer internship with a government agency (federal/state/local/tribal) between completing their Bachelor of Science degree and starting their first year as a full-time graduate student
Eligibility and Program Participation
This program is ONLY open to citizens of the United States who are willing and eligible to obtain a security clearance. NO EXCEPTIONS!
To be eligible, a student must:
- Have an undergraduate GPA 3.0 or greater;
- Maintain full-time enrollment in a supported degree program during the academic year;
- Demonstrate a commitment towards a cybersecurity career;
- Enroll in and complete the SFS seminar course (1 SCH) each quarter while an SFS Scholar; and
- Work a paid summer internship with a participating federal, state, local or tribal government agency, or federally funded research and development center.
- SFS recipients must serve at a government agency (as described above) in a cybersecurity position for a period equivalent to the length of the scholarship support received or one year, whichever is longer.
- All SFS Scholars must complete and sign a Service Agreement form to receive the SFS Scholarship award.
Application Requirements and Materials
Submit all application materials to apply.
- Complete SFS@LATech application form
- Statement of interest (500-word limit) in pursuing a civil service career focused on cyber security
- One letter recommendation, preferably not from a Louisiana Tech Computer Science or Cyber Engineering faculty member, that addresses the applicant’s character and work ethic
- All application materials should be submitted by April 6, 2018.
The selection committee will review applications in April to potentially make seven SFS awards for the 2018-19 academic year.
Shortlist candidates may be asked to have a short interview with one of the SFS@LATech project faculty to review Service Agreement requirements and verify applicant’s interest in civil service.
SFS awards will be made and applicants notified by April 30, 2018.