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CyberCorps®: Scholarship for Service

CyberCorps®: Scholarship for Service 

About the Program

The CyberCorps®: Scholarship for Service (SFS) program at CSUSB started in 2009. Sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF), the SFS program provides students full tuition, books, and a monthly stipend. Upon graduation, these students must work in federal, state, or local government for two years (or equivalent to the length of the scholarship). Scholarships range from up to $50k for undergrads and up to $80k for graduates. Over 100 students have completed the CyberCorps®: Scholarship for Service program at CSUSB.

Eligibility Requirements

CSUSB selects the most qualified candidates to participate in the program. Before reviewing the application, you must determine whether or not you meet our eligibility requirements.

Students eligible for the CyberCorps®: SFS program must:

  • Be within the final two years of an eligible cybersecurity degree program at CSUSB by the time of acceptance
  • Have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or a minimum graduate GPA of 3.2
  • Be completing a first undergraduate or graduate degree (i.e. students may not use the scholarship for a second master's degree)
  • Be a United States Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • Be eligible for federal employment
  • Be able to obtain a security clearance and background check

Scholarship Obligations

The CyberCorps®: Scholarship for Service (SFS) program provides students a full-ride scholarship in exchange for federal, state, local, and tribal government service. Students that graduate from the SFS program at CSUSB must complete two years of federal government employment (or a period equivalent to the length of the scholarship). Students participating in the program must also agree to complete the program successfully, participate in a summer internship, and attend the annual CyberCorps®: Scholarship for Service Job Fair in Washington, DC.

However, if a student fails to complete the program, the student is responsible for paying the entire amount equivalent to the length of the scholarship period. For example, if a student completes one semester in the program, that student will need to pay back tuition, books, the monthly stipend, and any other additional costs. If a student does not fulfill their two-year commitment to work in federal, state, local, or tribal government, that student must repay a prorated amount equivalent to the length of the scholarship period. For example, if a student receives funds for two years and serves one-and-a-half years, he/she must repay 25% of the funds received.

Application Materials and Important Information

Our application cycle for the 2021-2022 academic year has begun! Application deadline is May 1, 2021. 

To apply for the CyberCorps®: Scholarship for Service program at CSUSB, please follow the steps below. Complete all tasks thoroughly and provide the requested materials with your application submission. 

1. Fill out the SFS program interest form.

2. Attend one or more of the Cybersecurity Center's SFS Information Sessions:

     Zoom Registration Link for April 5, 2021 2pm - 3pm

     Zoom Registration Link for April 15, 2021 10am - 11am

3. Interview with the Cybersecurity Center Director: There are three screening appointment dates available following the first info session. Attendees of the info session and those who have completed the interest form will be contacted by the Cybersecurity Center with instructions for attending one of the three group interviews.

4. Complete the Application and gather requested materials. This is a fillable .pdf. Handwritten forms will not be accepted. Identify from the application (pg 1) the requested materials to complete the packet.

5. Interview with the Cybersecurity Center Executive Director: Applicants continuing for their second appointment will be contacted by the Cybersecurity Center to attend an interview that will include a review of the application. 

6. Interview with the Cybersecurity Center SFS Candidate Review Panel with significant others.

7. Submit the complete application packet to the Cybersecurity Center by May 1, 2021.

In addition, please look over all supporting documentation, including program information, CyberCorps® frequently asked questions, and CSUSB student admissions. These resources will help you learn more and set you up for success in the program.                                      

CyberCorps® Frequently Asked Questions

OPM's SFS Student Handbook

CSUSB Student Admissions 

For more information about the program, please contact the Cybersecurity Center at cyber@csusb.edu or 909-537-7535.

Current SFS Scholars

The CSUSB SFS program website is now accessible to current SFS Scholars and alumni for calendars, Portfolium pathway/milestone information & Canvas resources, current events, FISMA syllabus/videos/resources, NICE Challenge & Portfolium workshop videos, Pertinent Contacts, and various training, internship, and employment resources. 

The CyberCorps®: Scholarship for Service (SFS) Program at California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB)  is supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF) under grant award number 1565574.

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