The CyberCorps®: Scholarship for Service (SFS) Program is designed to recruit and train the next generation of cybersecurity professionals to meet the needs of Federal, State, local, tribal, and territorial government. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) partners with the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) to provide institutions with funding towards scholarships for cybersecurity-related degree programs at two- and four-year colleges and universities. This program provides scholarships for cybersecurity undergraduate and graduate (MS or PhD) education funded through grants awarded by the NSF. In return for the financial support, recipients must agree to work for the U.S. Government after graduation in a cybersecurity-related position, for a period equal to the length of the scholarship. To date, more than 3,458 students have received scholarships and committed to work for federal, state, local or tribal government organizations in positions related to cybersecurity.
The SFS Program Includes:
- Up to 3 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 (does not include items such as meal plans, housing, or parking)
- Professional allowance of $6,000 for SFS Job Fair and other travel, professional certification, etc.
- Participation in virtual and in-person job fairs in Washington, D.C.
- Post-graduation government service requirement for a period equivalent to the length of scholarship
For More Information
Looking for more information? Institutions interested in applying for an SFS award should visit the NSF’s SFS funding webpage. For student, faculty, and government institutions with general questions, please visit the OPM’s SFS program website. If you are close to graduation, view a listing of Federal cybersecurity jobs available on USAJOBS.gov on the NICCS Cybersecurity Careers page.
SFS Hall of Fame
Each year, the CyberCorps®: Scholarship for Service (SFS) program inducts one outstanding alumni into the SFS Hall of Fame. The SFS Hall of Fame recognizes the outstanding accomplishments of alumni working in cybersecurity for Federal as well as State, Local, Territorial and Tribal (SLTT) governments, or those working in the private industry after completing their service requirement. Selection for this distinction is highly competitive. Institutions can nominate more than one candidate for consideration. A committee then 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 recognizing our first three recipients inductees into the Hall of Fame in 2018, six alumni have earned this distinction.
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 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 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, 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 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 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.