Norwich University receives $122,000 NSF grant for cybersecurity scholarship

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Norwich University receives $122,000 NSF grant for cybersecurity scholarship

Tue, 05/13/2014 - 4:45pm -- tim

Norwich University has received a $122,232 supplemental grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) as part of a “Scholarship for Service” program, in which student-recipients majoring in computer security and information assurance commit to work for the federal government following graduation. A five-year, $974,836 grant was awarded by the NSF two years ago, portions of which are disbursed annually. The current $122,232 grant supplements this original grant, and will support the education of one student for two years.

Norwich University entered the NSF’s Cyber Corps in 2012, which qualifies the university to receive scholarship dollars in a NSF program called “CyberCorps: Scholarship for Service.” The purpose of the program is cybersecurity education and workforce development.

Students enrolled in the program receive full tuition, housing, books and a summer internship. In return, they commit to work full time (year for year) for the federal government in the field of cybersecurity. This past year, four Norwich CSIA majors out of approximately 125 received such scholarships.

“This grant is a win-win for students and the federal government,” said Professor Peter Stephenson, associate director, Department of Computing. “Our students are enabled to learn the invaluable skills our country needs to defend cyber space and immediately put to work building and defending our nation’s infrastructure.”

Beginning this fall, five students will be attending Norwich on an NSF Cyber Corps scholarship.

In 2001, Norwich became a National Security Agency/Department of Homeland Security National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education. In 2002, through the support of Senator Patrick Leahy, Norwich became the National Center for the Study of Counter Terrorism and Cyber Crime providing cybersecurity education and training for first responders. Norwich offers both undergraduate and graduate education in computer security and information assurance and participates in Department of Defense Center of Digital Forensic Academic Excellence (CDFAE). The CDFAE is a program designed to partner government and education in an effort to establish industry standards for digital forensic education. Recently, Norwich University Applied Research Institutes was named a founding member of the National Cybersecurity Preparedness Consortium (NCPC).

Source: Norwich University 5.13.2014