CyberCorps®: Scholarship for Service (SFS) Program

Are you interested in cybersecurity degree programs? Are you looking for cybersecurity scholarships?

CISA partners with the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) to provide scholarship funding for cybersecurity-related degree programs through the CyberCorps®: Scholarship for Service (SFS) Program.

In return, scholarship recipients serve in a cybersecurity role within a U.S. government entity for a period of time equal to the length of their scholarship. To date, thousands of students have received scholarships and committed to work for government organizations across the country.

For Students

  • Up to three years of support for undergraduate and graduate (MS or PhD) education
  • Academic-year stipends of $25,000 per year for undergraduate students and $34,000 per year for graduate students
  • Tuition and education related fees (excluding items such as meal plans, housing, parking, etc.)
  • Professional allowance of $6,000 for SFS Job Fair and other travel, professional certification, etc.
  • Virtual and in-person job fairs in Washington, D.C.
  • Post-graduation government service requirement for a period equivalent to the length of scholarship

Check out all the two- and four-year schools offering cybersecurity scholarships and apply today!

For Institutions

Looking for more information? Institutions interested in applying for an SFS award should visit NSF’s SFS funding webpage. For student, faculty, and government institutions with general questions about the CyberCorps®: Scholarship for Service Program, please visit sfs.opm.gov

SFS Hall of Fame

The SFS Hall of Fame recognizes the accomplishments of SFS alumni working as cybersecurity professionals for a Federal, State, local, tribal, or territorial government organization, or those working in the private industry after completing their service requirement. Each year, the program inducts one outstanding alum into the SFS Hall of Fame. SFS institution faculty can nominate more than one candidate for consideration. A committee evaluates each nominee based on their achievements and contributions to the cybersecurity community.  After the committee selects a finalist, CISA announces the annual Hall of Fame recipient at the annual SFS Job Fair. Since 2018, six alumni have earned this distinction.

  • Dr. Sagar Samtani

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    Dr. Sagar Samtani is an Assistant Professor and Grant Thornton Scholar in the Department of Operations and Decision Technologies at the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University (IU). He is also a Fellow within the Center for Applied Cybersecurity Research (CACR) at IU. Samtani graduated with his Ph.D. in May 2018 from the Artificial Intelligence (AI) Lab in the University of Arizona’s Management Information Systems (MIS) department in the Eller College of Management. From 2014 – 2017, Samtani served as a NSF SFS Fellow in the AZSecure Program at the University of Arizona. Dr. Samtani’s research centers around Artificial Intelligence for Cybersecurity, including developing deep learning, network science, and text mining approaches for open-source software security, Cyber Threat Intelligence (CTI), advanced cyberinfrastructure security, AI risk management, and Dark Web analytics applications. Samtani has published over fifty journal and conference papers on these topics in leading Information Systems (IS) venues such as MIS Quarterly, Journal of MIS, cybersecurity venues such as IEEE Transactions on Dependable and Secure Computing, ACM Transactions on Privacy and Security, IEEE Security and Privacy (S&P), and Computers and Security, and machine learning venues such as ACM KDD, IEEE ICDM, IEEE Intelligent Systems, and others. His research has received over $2M in funding from NSF’s cybersecurity programs, including Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace (SaTC) for CTI research and AI for cybersecurity education, Cybersecurity Innovation for Cyberinfrastructure (CICI) for operational cybersecurity research, and CyberCorps SFS for cybersecurity Cyber-AI workforce development, and CISE Research Initiation Initiative (CRII). Dr. Samtani has co-founded workshops on AI for Cybersecurity topics at ACM KDD and IEEE ICDM. He also serves as a Program Committee member or Program Chair of leading AI for cybersecurity and CTI conferences and workshops, including IEEE S&P Deep Learning for Security Workshop, USENIX ScAINet, ACM AISec, IEEE Intelligence and Security Informatics, Conference on Applied Machine Learning for Information Security, and others. He currently serves as an Associate Editor for ACM TMIS, ACM DTRAP, and Information and Management. He is deeply engaged with industry, serving on the CompTIA Information Sharing and Analysis Organization (ISAO) Executive Advisory Council and Board of Directors for the DEFCON AI Village. Similarly, he regularly presents at industry venues and conferences, including RSA, DEFCON, JPMorgan Chase, IT Nation, and others. Samtani has won several awards for his research, including the ACM SIGMIS Doctoral Dissertation award in 2019, Runner-Up for the INFORMS Nunamaker-Chen Dissertation Award in 2018, and multiple teaching awards for his courses on AI for cybersecurity, CTI, and business analytics. Samtani has received over 100 media citations from outlets such as Miami Herald, Fox, Science Magazine, AAAS, Associated Press, and The Penny Hoarder. He is a member of INFORMS, AIS, ACM, IEEE, and INNS.

  • Dan Guido

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    Dan Guido is the founder of an industry-leading software security firm that employs 80 professionals and other SFS grads, he has contributed to an array of government programs and publications and nurtured the cybersecurity community in NYC. His SFS internships at NSA and his post-graduation employment at the Federal Reserve Bank of NY helped steer his career, marked by continuing government and community service to help policymakers, students, and entrepreneurs. In 2012, Dan founded Trail of Bits to address software security challenges with cutting-edge research. In his tenure leading Trail of Bits as CEO, Dan has grown the team to 80 engineers, led their work on more than a dozen programs with DARPA and the DOD, and routinely transition research to practice. In 2019, Trail of Bits was recognized by Forrester as the leader for “Small Cybersecurity Consulting Services.” In 2020, Built In recognized Trail of Bits as a “Best Place to Work” in three categories: small company, top paying, and best overall, ranked against more than 7,000 companies in NYC.

  • David Manz

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    David Manz is currently a Chief Cyber Security Scientist in the National Security Directorate at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. He leads a team of a dozen engineers, scientists and support staff. He holds a B.S. in Computer and Information Science from the Robert D. Clark Honors College at the University of Oregon and a M.S. and Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Idaho. David also has experience teaching undergraduate and graduate computer science courses and is an adjunct faculty at Washington State University. David has co-authored numerous papers and presentations on cyber security, control system security, and cryptographic key management.

  • Patrick Kelly

    Patrick Kelly
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    Patrick Kelly has bachelor's degree in political science and a master's degree in public policy from the George Washington University.  Patrick began to serve his country after graduation and has taken on increasing positions of trust and responsibility in several agencies. His first assignments were at the Federal Reserve and at the Department of Health and Human Services (where he served as Senior Official for Privacy and the Information Security Branch Chief at the Office of Inspector General). His currently is with the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) where he is the Critical Infrastructure Policy Director. He also chairs the Federal Financial Institution Examination Council (FFIEC)'s Cybersecurity and Critical Infrastructure Working Group (CCIWG) that collaborates on cybersecurity guidance and assessments related the systemic operational risk to the national banking system. Patrick is an outstanding supporter of the SFS program; as an adjunct faculty member, he led the GW Scholarship for Service Seminar course on Cybersecurity Governance since 2012 and in that role has mentored dozens of CyberCorps students.

  • Josiah Dykstra

    Josiah Dykstra
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    Josiah Dykstra, author of "Essential Cybersecurity Science," a 2016 guide for using the scientific method to build, test, and evaluate systems. In 2017, he received both the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) and the Hope College Young Alumni Award. In 2013, he received the Director of National Intelligence's Galileo Award and the U.S. Department of Defense's David O. Cooke Excellence in Public Administration Award. Ever motivated to share and apply his extensive knowledge, Dykstra mentors university students and junior National Security Agency (NSA) employees. Dykstra graduated from an SFS program at Iowa State University with a master's degree in information assurance in 2004. He also received a doctoral degree from the University of Maryland Baltimore County, another SFS school, in 2013. Dykstra is currently a cybersecurity expert employed by the NSA.

  • Mischel Kwon

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    Mischel Kwon graduated from a joint SFS program at Marymount University and George Washington University in 2005, receiving a master's degree in computer science with an emphasis in information assurance. While serving as the deputy director for information technology security staff at the U.S. Department of Justice, she built the first Justice Security Operations Center to monitor and defend the department against cyber threats. Kwon also served as the director of the Department of Homeland Security's U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT), spearheading the organization responsible for analyzing and reducing cyber threats and vulnerabilities in federal networks, disseminating cyber threat warning information and coordinating national incident response activities. After leaving government service, Kwon served as vice president of public sector security for RSA Security, leading the company in assisting the public-sector security solutions, strategies, technologies and policy. In 2016, she founded MKACyber, a managed security operations services provider and security consulting company. She currently serves as MKACyber's CEO.

  • Steven Hernandez

    Steven Hernandez
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    Steven Hernandez has held information assurance positions at the U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and an NSA National Security Administration Center of Academic Excellence Research Institute in Idaho. In 2010, he joined the Department of Health of Human Services, where he has served as chief information security officer for the Office of Inspector General. In 2016, the Department of Education hired Hernandez as chief information security officer. In this role, he maintains the department's integrity and privacy, and coordinates and integrates all aspects of its cybersecurity, telecommunications and information security programs. Hernandez graduated from the SFS program at Idaho State University with a Master of Business Administration in information assurance/computer information systems in 2007, and a bachelor's degree in computer information systems and an associate degree in electronic systems from the same institution.

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