Undergraduate Scholarship for Service


The Computer Science Department at JMU recently became one of the few distinguished institutions in the country that is part of the CyberCorps: Scholarship For Service (SFS) program. The award was made in September 2011 and it supports four cohorts of students for the final two years of study. The first cohort was enrolled for the Fall 2012 semester. 

CyberCorps is a unique program designed to increase and strengthen the cadre of federal information assurance professionals that protect the government's critical information infrastructure. This program provides scholarships that fully fund the typical costs that students pay for books, tuition, and room and board while attending an approved institution of higher learning. In return, scholarship recipients agree to work for a federal agency for up to two years.

The scholarship provides (for up to two years)

  • Full time student tuition
  • An annual stipend in the amount of $20,000
  • An annual professional development allowance (travel, professional certification etc.) of up to $3,000
  • An annual book and fee allowance of up to $1,000

Scholarship Eligibility

  1. Must be a United States Citizen
  2. Must meet criteria for Federal Government employment
  3. Must be able to obtain security clearance
  4. Must be registered with the Selective Service System, if a male born after 12/31/59
  5. Must be a rising junior, graduating in two years
  6. Must have a grade point average of at least 3.3 (major GPA) at the time of application

Student Scholar's Responsibilities

  1. Must register as an SFS scholarship recipient on SFS Program website.
  2. Must search for internship and post graduation opportunities. Student must be able to do an internship with a federal agency during the summer, after the first year of study. Student is responsible to secure the internship position, with help from the program director.
  3. Must attend the annual SFS Job fair/symposium (generally held in early January). This will help securing an internship and a position at a federal government organization.
  4. Must post and maintain a resume on the Office of Personnel Management system. Student must view/edit resume and contact information quarterly.
  5. Complete and submit a job search activity report to the SFS program office quarterly.
  6. Must be taking the Information Security Certification track.
  7. Must maintain full-time student status.
  8. Must be able to graduate in two years from the start of the scholarship program.
  9. Must be an active member of at least one of the student groups within the department that focus on Information Security (the Computer Forensics Student Group or the Cyber Defense Club).

If a student fails to meet any of the responsibilities or obligations associated with the scholarship, or falsifies any information related to the scholarship, the student is required to pay back all monetary benefits received through the program.

For more information about eligibility and requirements, please visit the official SFS FAQ from the Office of Personnel Management.

Application Requirements

Students interested in applying for the SFS scholarship must make sure that our office has received the following documents to be considered for the scholarship:

  1. Applicant's resume
  2. A personal statement, indicating why student is interested in the scholarship and why she should be considered for the scholarship.
  3. Two letters of recommendations emailed directly, by the references, to cs-sfs@jmu.edu , at least one from a faculty member who is familiar with the applicant's academic performance.
  4. Send signed Scholarship Agreement Form to Ms. Carole Ritchie's office.

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