Whatcom Community College has been awarded a National Science Foundation grant to support students interested in studying cybersecurity.

About the program
Eligibility
Benefits
Obligations
Selection
How to apply

About the program

CyberCorps®: Scholarship for Service (SFS) is a unique program designed to increase and strengthen the cadre of information assurance professionals that protect the government’s critical information infrastructure.

WCC CyberCorps® scholars will complete an associate degree in computer information systems or cybersecurity.

Eligibility

  • United States citizen or lawful permanent resident
  • Currently enrolled in, or applied for admission/transfer to, a cybersecurity-related program at WCC
    • Associate in science degree in computer information systems (AS in CIS)
    • Associate in applied science - transfer degree in cybersecurity (AAS-T in cybersecurity)
    • Other approved program of study (must be approved by the program director)
  • Have a bachelor degree in any discipline or be a veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces
  • Meet selection criteria for federal employment, including obtaining a security clearance

Benefits

  • Full tuition and academic fees for up to two years
  • Annual stipend of $22,500
  • Annual textbook allowance of $2,000
  • Annual health insurance and professional development allowances
  • Paid summer internship at a local/state/federal agency between the scholar's first and second year in the program*
  • Full-time employment at a local/state/federal government agency*

* The WCC CyberCorps® Scholars are responsible to apply for and obtain a position. The WCC CyberCorps® Program will provide assistance with identifying employment opportunities.

Obligations

  • Be a full-time student
  • Maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA for all courses
  • Participate in all WCC CyberCorps® program activities
  • Complete the degree/program requirements successfully**
  • Participate in a summer internship with a local/state/federal agency***
  • Work for a local/state/federal agency in qualifying positions, upon completing academic degree requirements. Length of service depends on length of scholarship support—one year of service for one year of support.***

** Although there will be flexibility in meeting individual student interests and goals, there will be a list of required courses a student must take. Contact the program director to discuss your individual requirements.

*** List of
Federal Agencies and Federally Funded Research and Development Centers

Selection

WCC CyberCorps® scholarships are offered on a competitive basis. The scholarships are effective for up to two years starting with the fall semester. Scholarship recipients are selected based on:

  • Academic performance
  • Resume key items
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Essay outlining the applicant's objectives as it relates to cybersecurity and a career in the government
  • Ability to obtain security clearance
  • Interview

How to apply

Download and complete the SFS application packet. For best consideration, submit the completed application and related forms by March 1, 2019 to:

Scholarship for Service Program
c/o Tyler Ciokiewicz (Baker Hall 126)
Whatcom Community College
237 W. Kellogg Rd.
Bellingham, WA 98226

Awards will be announced by June 30, 2019.

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Scholarships are funded through grants awarded by the National Science Foundation's Community College Cyber Pilot Program (C3P).