Scholarship for Service (SFS)
The Scholarship for Service (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 that fully fund the typical costs that students pay for tuition and books while attending an approved graduate or undergraduate program. Participants receive stipends of up to $10,000 for undergraduate and $12,500 for graduate students per semester to cover living expenses and their salary. After graduation, participants must fulfill a government service obligation for a period equivalent to the length of their scholarship (up to two years). Eligible students are encouraged to visit the national program website: https://www.sfs.opm.gov/ .
A United States citizen.
Currently enrolled student at Penn State.
Attending school on a full-time basis while receiving a scholarship under the SFS program.
Either a full-time graduate student within two years of graduation, or a qualified rising junior or senior.
Able to meet selection criteria for federal, state, or local government employment. Final job placement may require a security clearance, so each scholarship recipient may be required to undergo the background investigation required to obtain such a clearance.
Competitive students will have a strong GPA (3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale).
Terms of Award:
Recipients of the scholarship will cover all tuition, and books for up to two years of study. In addition, students receive a stipend in the amount of $10,000 for undergraduates and $12,500 for graduate students per semester. Students are funded for up to the final two years of their program. The student must then serve at a federal agency for a period equivalent to the length of the scholarship. For example, if the student is funded for a full two year period, he or she must serve at a federal agency for two calendar years.
An application form which can be downloaded in Word Document Format.
Two letters of recommendation from faculty, staff, or employers.
Most current resume and/or curriculum vitae.
Transcripts from all colleges or universities attended.
A statement of purpose detailing academic, professional, and personal goals, and how participation in the Scholarship for Service Program will help achieve these goals.
A recent writing sample that is no more than 10 pages. Writing skills are a critical discriminator during hiring processes and will be heavily weighted during your evaluation for the SFS Scholarship.
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