Cyber Corps scholarship grant renewed for CSUSB students

     

The director of the National Security Agency has called cybercrime “the greatest transfer of wealth in history.” Reports of cybercrime continue to increase in alarming proportions.

Cyber_internet_illustrationAnd with the rise of cybercrime both domestically and abroad, the U.S. government is seeking more individuals with the skills to fight this battle.

The government continues to turn to universities such as Cal State San Bernardino to increase the number of qualified students to teach and train in cyber security.

As part of this effort, the National Science Foundation Scholarship for Service has renewed its grant to Cal State San Bernardino for Cyber Corps scholarships, said Tony Coulson, a professor of information and decision sciences in the university’s College of Business and Public Administration, who oversees the scholarship program.

“This scholarship is a serious investment for a serious problem. Cyberspace is a man-made environment that we depend on for the good of the global economy,” Coulson said. “Our students in this program are protecting power grids, monetary supply and the military. We are glad to be doing our part to ensure it is a safe place for business.”

The scholarship is available to CSUSB juniors, seniors and graduate students, as well as community college transfers seeking to major in cyber security and protect the nation’s information infrastructure. The unique scholarship program provides funding for up to the last two years of undergraduate and graduate education.

Now in its third year, the program covers full student fees for California residents, including books as well as an annual stipend of $20,000 for undergraduates and $25,000 for graduate students. In addition, the scholarship involves a summer internship with a federal agency.

Students selected for the scholarship are required to work for the federal government for up to two years upon graduation. To be eligible for the scholarship program, all students must be U.S. citizens and enrolled in full-time coursework at CSUSB in information assurance and security management concentration, computer science or computer engineering.

The scholarships have been awarded to 42 Cal State San Bernardino students since it was initially offered in 2010, said Coulson.

The program will have eight positions for fall 2013. The deadline to apply is April 30, 2013.

For program details and applications, visit the Cyber Security Center website or contact Tony Coulson at tcoulson@csusb.edu.

For more information about Cal State San Bernardino, contact the university’s Office of Public Affairs at (909) 537-5007 and visit news.csusb.edu.