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Penn State Scholarship for Service

Through the Federal Cyber Corps Scholarship for Service (SFS) program, Penn State provides scholarships to outstanding students studying in the field of Cybersecurity (broadly defined). Each scholarship recipient will complete either a B.S., M.S., or Ph.D. degree in diverse Cybersecurity-related programs at Penn State (e.g., IST, CSE, Engineering, Geography, International Affairs).

The SFS Program is offered and funded through the National Science Foundation (NSF) in collaboration with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Office of Personnel Management (OPM). The SFS program is a unique program designed to increase and strengthen the cadre of federal cybersecurity professionals that protect the U.S. government’s critical information infrastructure. This program provides scholarships to U.S. citizens or permanent residents that fully fund the typical costs during the study. After graduation, participants must fulfill a government service obligation for a period equivalent to the length of their scholarship.

The scholarship program will cover in-state tuition for up to two years of study for B.S. or M.S. students, and three years of study for Ph.D. students. 

During the summers while enrolled in the program, each student will be responsible for securing a Cybersecurity-related internship position at a federal, state, or local government agency. Numerous resources are available to assist students in identifying and applying for internships.

Upon graduation, each student will be required to work in a qualified Cybersecurity related position for a federal, state, local, or tribal government agency or a qualified national laboratory. The work requirement time period matches the supported time period.

Application Deadline: March

Current Status: 
Sophomore, Junior, Senior, Grad Student
Duration of Award: 
Full Year or More
Graduate Study, Non-U.S. Citizen, Research
Direct Submission
Fields of Study: 
Information Sciences and Technology
Semester of Application Deadline: 
Spring (January – April)

Boucke Building
University Fellowships Office
321 Boucke Building
University Park, PA 16802