CyberCorps® Mentoring and Scholarship Program

CyberCorpsDrexel University’s College of Computing & Informatics (CCI) was awarded a $4 million grant (over five years) by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) to launch an innovative program to build a diverse talent pipeline for the next generation of cybersecurity professionals.

The CyberCorps® Mentoring and Scholarship Program (CMSP) at CCI is designed to recruit, train and mentor undergraduate student scholars to transition into cybersecurity positions within federal, state, local, or tribal government organizations. A core focus of Drexel CCI’s CMSP is to strengthen national cybersecurity by supporting a diverse cybersecurity workforce, including recruiting and retaining women, underrepresented minorities, and veterans. 

 

As part of the program, CCI will develop a CyberCorps® Scholarship for Service (SFS) initiative that can contribute to improving cybersecurity by increasing the number and diversity of undergraduate students who complete cybersecurity degrees and then take positions within government agencies.

Program Details

Once enrolled, CMSP scholars will participate in weekly cohort meetings that involve faculty-student mentoring, professional development, hands-on cyber security activities, guest speakers and other activities designed to validate students.

CMSP scholars will also benefit from gaining real-world experience in the cybersecurity field through at least one co-op position at a government agency. Upon graduation, students will then commit to a two-and-half year position in the U.S. Government. 

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants for the 2021 CMSP cohort must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Must be a US Citizen or lawful permanent resident at the time of application submission
  • Enrolled as a full-time, face-to-face, undergraduate student at Drexel University in the BS Computing & Security Technology and BS Computer Science, Computing Security Concentration majors*;
  • Applicants must have GPA of at least 3.0;
  • Must be a pre-junior in the 2021-2022 academic year and have an expected graduation date of June 2024;
  • Must be able to obtain an appropriate security clearance. Please review the federal SF-86 form at http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF86.pdf [PDF]. This form is for reference purposes only. Do not fill it out for this CyberCorps application.

*Transfer students are also eligible to apply. Women, underrepresented minorities and veterans are encouraged to apply.

Program Benefits: For recipients, they are entitled to the following benefit for each quarter they are enrolled in the program (excludes co-op):

  • Stipend of $6250 per quarter (before taxes) during academic quarters; no stipend is paid during co-op quarters.
  • Full tuition support
  • Up to $6,000 reimbursement (renewed annually) for professional development expenses, for the SFS job fair, and other travel, books, professional certifications.

Obligations to the Federal Government: As a recipient of the scholarship, recipients have the following obligations:

  • Sign a promissory note; 
  • Complete the degree program successfully and on time; Obtain 1 cybersecurity co-op with a participating government agency;
  • Work immediately following graduation for the Federal Government in a position related to cybersecurity for a period equal to the length of the scholarship received (up to 2.5 years);
  • Participate in other SFS activities, such as the SFS job fair, conferences, workshops, and seminars; 
  • Pay back all student support, up to stipend, tuition, and book allowance, if they cannot fulfill their commitment to the federal government.

View CyberCorps Frequently Asked Questions

Application Process

The application round for the 2022 cohort is now closed (as of October 12, 2021).

Contact

If you have questions about the CyberCorps® Mentoring and Scholarship Program at CCI, please contact cybercorps@drexel.edu.