CyberCorps© Scholarships for Service


Applications for Fall 2024 are closed. The applications will reopen early SPring 2025.

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Overview of the CyberCorps® Scholarships for Service Program at WSU

Wichita State University has been awarded funding from the National Science Foundation to help increase the number of qualified cybersecurity professionals in the US federal government. The scholarships cover tuition, provide a bi-monthly stipend and pay for professional development expenses. In exchange, scholarship recipients work in a cybersecurity federal job after graduation for a period equivalent to the length of their scholarship. For most students, the length of the scholarship will be two years.

Scholarship recipients can fulfill their service obligation in a variety of cybersecurity positions in the federal government. Applicants must be committed to the federal service aspect of the SFS program, as the success of the Wichita State University program and the national SFS program as a whole is dependent on successful completion of this service.  Since its inception, many SFS scholarship recipents have gone on to work for the National Security Agency, Department of Defense, the Department of Energy, the Central Intelligence Agency,  Federal Bureau of Investigations, and many other federal agencies.

Benefits, Eligibility, and Obligations at a Glance

Benefits Eligibility Obligations
  • Academic-year stipends of $27,000 per year for undergraduate students
  • Academic-year stipends of $37,000 per year for graduate students.
  • 100% Tuition and education-related fees .
  • Professional allowance of $6,000 for SFS Job Fair and other travel, professional certification, etc.
  • Up to three years of scholarship support. For most students, the length of the scholarship will be two years.
  • US Citizen or lawful permanent resident.
  • Ability to secure federal employment, and if needed, successfully obtain a security clearance.
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 for undergraduate students.
  • Minimum GPA 3.3 for graduate students.
  • Currently pursuing a degree in the School of Computing or in Computer Engineering.
  • Expected graduation date of Spring 2026 for undergraduate and graduate students.
  • Expected graduation date of Fall 2024 or Spring 2025 for undergraduate students planning to enroll in the accelerated BS to MS program.
  • Students with different graduation dates will be considered as long as they have junior, senior, or graduate standing phase and have at least 2 years left to complete a degree by the start of the scholarship phase.
  • After graduation, seek and secure a full-time cybersecuity job at a federal agency for a period of time that is at least equal to the length of the scholarship. Relocate if needed.
  • Maintain minimum GPA and full-time student status.
  • Complete the designated cybersecurity curriculum and graduate in a timely manner.
  • Complete a research or service-learning project wiht a research component.
  • Participate in required events and activities.
  • Serve as executive officer in a cybersecurity-focused student organization.
  • Seek and secure a summer cybersecurity internship at a federal agency. relocate if needed.


Detailed Benefits, Eligibility, and Obligations


Scholarship recipients receive the following benefits.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must meet all of the following requirements to be considered for the scholarship.

Obligations for Scholarship Receipients

All scholarship receipients must fulfill the following obligations.

Note that students who withdraw or fail to meet their obligations to the Wichita State University's Scholarship for Service program will be required to repay the amount they received by their scholarship to an educational loan.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Where can I learn more about the Scholarship for Service program?

A: The Office of Personnel Management's (OPM) Scholarship for Service Program website includes additional details and information for future and current students.

Q: What type of information is considered in background checks and granting clearance for federal positions?

A: The government uses the SF-86 form to conduct background checks for national security positions. You can see a summary of requirements here.

Q: What if I want to change my major?

A. If you do not graduate with a degree in cybersecurity and work for the federal government for the required amount of time, you will need to repay all funds received in the scholarship award.

Q: What if I am not certain about wanting to work for the federal government?

A: You should not apply if you are not committed to working for the federal government.    

Q: Am I required to join the military to fulfill my service requirement?

A: No. You can complete your degree and your service obligation as a civilian, even you work in a branch of the military.