Students interested in cyber security in Virginia Tech’s Department of Computer Science and Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering will be eligible for scholarships thanks to a $3.9 million award from the National Science Foundation. The scholarships are designed to fund three years of a student’s education, including a year of study towards a master’s degree.
Below is the press release from Virginia Tech.
BLACKSBURG, Va., Sept. 24, 2013 – The National Science Foundation is awarding Virginia Tech almost $4 million to create a scholarship program targeting third-year undergraduates in the College of Engineering’s Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and in the Department of Computer Science who are interested in cyber security.
Each scholarship recipient in this CyberScholars Program would receive three years of funding, applied to the costs of the junior and senior year at Virginia Tech, as well as the additional year needed to obtain a master’s degree. The participants will graduate with a master’s degree in computer science or in computer engineering, with a graduate certificate in either cyber security or in information assurance.
“This program will provide a major advancement in cyber security education at Virginia Tech. By incentivizing study in cyber security and in federal employment, we can broaden the pool of qualified civil servants to meet the demands of a cyber-enabled environment,” said Joseph G. Tront, professor of electrical and computer engineering and the director of education for the university’s Ted and Karyn Hume Center for National Security and Technology.