From left, Karen Marrongelle (NSF), F. Fleming Crim (NSF), Jia Di (UofA),
Dale Thompson (UofA), Bradford J. Willke (DHS), and Veronica Villalobos (OPM)
The National Science Foundation hosted its Scholarship for Service (SFS) annual CyberCorps® Student Job Fair in Washington, D.C. the week of January 13th.
Scholarship for Service is a unique program designed to increase and strengthen the cadre of federal information assurance professionals that protect the government’s critical information infrastructure. The goals of the CyberCorps®: Scholarship for Service program are aligned with the U.S. National CyberStrategy to develop a superior cybersecurity workforce. This program provides scholarships that, in addition to offering a generous stipend, fully fund the typical costs that students pay for books, tuition, and room and board while attending an approved institution of higher learning. The scholarships are funded through grants awarded by the National Science Foundation. Each scholarship recipient agrees to work with the government (federal, state, local, or tribal) post-graduation for a period equal to the duration of the scholarship.
The CyberCorps® Job Fair connects hiring managers at federal agencies with talented students who are a part of the program. The Job Fair allows students to meet with these federal agencies and make connections with employers. The University of Arkansas was given a certificate for being a newly awarded institution at the Job Fair.