The SFS program provides scholarships for up to three years of support for cybersecurity
education at the undergraduate and graduate levels, among other incredible benefits available to student scholars.
Augusta University's Scholarship for Service program, AUDIENCE (Augusta University
Developing Immersive Experiences for Novel Cybersecurity Education), will support
undergraduate and graduate students through interaction with government and industry
partners, involvement in research, and participation in outreach activities. AUDIENCE
scholars at Augusta University will be paired with a faculty member for mentorship
opportunities by participation in activities such as BSides Augusta and collaborating
on research together.
Scholarship for Service Program Benefits:
Receive up to three years of support for undergraduate and graduate education.
Scholars will receive stipends of $25,000 per year for undergraduate students and
$34,000 per year for graduate students.
Tuition and education-related fees will be covered for the SFS scholar.
Receive a professional allowance of $6,000 to attend the SFS Job Fair and other travel,
professional certification expenses.
Participate in virtual and in-person job fairs in Washington, D.C.
Scholars will receive hands-on experience in a post-graduation government service
requirement for a period of time equivalent to the scholarship.
We are recruiting now for students who will begin their junior or senior year of undergraduate
education, or graduate school in Fall 2021. Prospective SFS applicants must meet the
United States citizenship or permanent residency of the United States.
Preparedness to obtain high-level security clearances required for potential jobs
Enrollment (or accepted for enrollment) as a full-time student at Augusta University
and be within three years of graduation of a bachelors and masters degree with a cybersecurity
or cyber intelligence/cyber strategy focus.
Maintence of a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA and a 3.2 cumulative graduate GPA.
Willingness to work for a period equal to the duration of the scholarship in the cybersecurity
mission of a government agency or other Office of Professional Management (OPM)-approved position.
Students must submit the following items in applying for the Scholarship for Service:
Resume highlighting any education and work experience relevant to cybersecurity. A
resume template is listed below if needed.
Awards, honors, and extracurricular activities
Complete pages 2-4 of the Student Service Agreement (linked below) and read the rest
of the document. You will sign the document, along with the PI, when you submit the
application packet or during the personal interview.
Two letters of reference, at least one from a current professor. Letters of reference
should address the following things:
- Academic/Work Ethic
- Ability to convey ideas orally and in writing
- Ability to work with others
- Attributes you feel the candidate possesses that make them a strong candidate for
the Scholarship for Service program. Examples include knowledge/skills in a certain
area, leadership qualities, active participation in an organization related to their
field of study, knowledge/interest in international relations (MAISS applicants);
rigorous thinking (logic and math), and coding quality/experience.
Two essays on the following essay questions, 3 pages maximum per question:
1. Based on your experience and education in cybersecurity, describe what you know
about the following aspects of cybersecurity: technical (ex: encryption, threat analysis,
etc.), behavioral (ex: awareness training, human computer interaction, etc.), physical
(ex: natural events, badges, surveillance, etc.) and managerial (ex: risk assessment,
security policies, legal, etc.).
2. The world is becoming increasingly connected as information technology becomes
more prevalent throughout society. With developments such as the "Internet of Things"
linking even the smallest household appliances to the internet potentially creates
additional vulnerabilities and privacy issues, what are some proposals you have for
educating tomorrow's cybersecurity workforce to better deal with these concerns?
In addition to these items, an interview will also be conducted with the scholarship
Applications will be due April 15, 2021. Please email these items as a single PDF
when applying for SFS. Email the school if you have additional questions.