The CyberCorps Scholarship for Service (SFS) program is a scholarship program funded through grants awarded by the National Science Foundation and administered through select universities. The SFS program at Auburn University is run under the auspices of the Auburn Cyber Research Center (ACRC). AU's SFS Program Director is Dr. Dean Hendrix, Associate Department Chair and Associate Professor in AU's Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering (CSSE). AU's SFS Program Co-Directors are Dr. Daniel Tauritz, CSSE Associate Professor, ACRC Interim Director and Cyber AI Strategist, and Auburn University’s Director for National Laboratory Relationships, and Dr. David Umphress, COLSA Corporation Cyber Security and Information Assurance Professor Emeritus in CSSE.


SFS Program Overview

Scholarship for Service (SFS) is a program designed to increase and strengthen the cadre of federal information assurance professionals that protect the government's critical information infrastructure. The scholarship typically funds two years of study, with the option of extending to a third year with permission of the team that supervises the scholarship program. The scholarship pays tuition and academic fees, and provides a professional development allowance of $6000 per year. Undergraduate scholars are paid a yearly stipend of $27,000; graduate scholars are paid a yearly stipend of $37,000. Each scholarship recipient is obligated to take part in career-building activities during the regular academic year, participate in a paying public sector internship each summer, and obtain a full-time cybersecurity-related job in the public sector (federal, state, territorial, local, or tribal level) at the end of scholarship funding. Scholarship recipients must work in the public sector for a period equivalent to the length of the scholarship rounded up to the nearest whole year or one calendar year, whichever is longer. The scholarship is administered locally by Auburn University but is part of a larger national program funded by the National Science Foundation, the US Office of Personnel Management, and the US Department of Homeland Security. The faculty who participate in the scholarship program mentor scholarship recipients and help them find internships and, later, jobs.


Prospective Students

To be eligible for the SFS award, students must be enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program in computer science, software engineering, or closely allied discipline, and be within two years (eight semesters) of graduation. Please send all questions regarding AU’s SFS program to sfs@auburn.edu