Norwich University awarded National Science Foundation Federal Cyber Service Scholarships
Funds to benefit students in university's Information Assurance program
Norwich University has been selected by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to receive $2.4 million in scholarship funding through the NSF Federal Cyber Service: Scholarship for Service program. This program provides funds to universities to award scholarships to students studying in the fields of information assurance or computer science. The goal of the NSF program is to increase the capacity of US higher education institutions to educate qualified professionals in the fields of information assurance and computer science who can help meet the needs of an increasingly technological society.
In order to qualify for the NSF Scholarship for Service program, an organization must be an accredited American university that has been designated by the National Security Agency (NSA) as a Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education or have an Information Assurance program that meets the criteria equivalent to those necessary for such a designation. Norwich University, a leader in the field of information assurance education, received NSA recognition in 2001.
With the NSF funding, Norwich will be able to offer scholarships over the next four years to ten juniors and ten seniors enrolled in one of its undergraduate course of study that offers training in information assurance issues. The scholarships will pay for tuition, books, fees, as well as provide students an $8,000 stipend to cover the cost of room and board. In return, each graduating student will be required to serve one year as a civilian employee at a non-Department of Defense government agency for each year he or she received the scholarship award.
Vermont's senior Senator, Patrick Leahy (D-VT), was instrumental in securing the NSF funds for Norwich and has been a strong supporter of the important work being conducted by the university's Information Assurance faculty and students.
"With the emergence of cyber crime and cyber terrorism, cyber security
has become a major concern for those managing major public and private
information systems," said Sen. Leahy. "Norwich University is
rapidly emerging as a leader in the field of information assurance. This
award builds upon the strengths of Norwich's program by helping to attract
and train top talent for work in cyber security. Norwich today is helping
to train the specialists who will play crucial roles tomorrow in defending
our national information infrastructure."
Two Norwich students have already been selected for Scholarship for Service awards. Neil Larson, a senior Electrical Engineering major from Barre, VT, and Ryan Muller, a junior Computer Science major from Danville, VT, will receive scholarship funding beginning with the Spring 2003 semester.
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