Seven Louisiana Tech University students have earned CyberCorps Scholarship for Service (SFS) awards for the 2019-20 academic year. Justin Berthelot (cyber engineering), Samuel Dominguez (cyber engineering), Christopher Given (cyber engineering), Devon Knudsen (computer science), Christopher Rice (cyber engineering), Josh Romero (computer science) and Anna Wolf (cyber engineering) earned the award for excellent academic achievement and commitment to a career in cybersecurity.
The scholarship includes tuition, cost-of-living stipends, health insurance and professional development reimbursements and an allowance for books, as well as the opportunity to participate in cyber-related internships.
The CyberCorps SFS is a unique program designed to recruit and train the next generation of cybersecurity professionals. This program provides scholarships for up to 3 years of support for outstanding students who make a commitment to a career in cybersecurity. In return for the scholarships, recipients agree to work for the U.S. government after graduation, in a position related to cybersecurity, for a period equal to the length of the scholarship.
Louisiana Tech is one of only 70 participating institutions across the U.S. and the only university in Louisiana to offer a CyberCorps scholarship.
Dr. Hisham Hegab, a lead investigator for the grant and the dean of Tech’s College of Engineering and Science, said, “We are proud to award this cohort of CyberCorps scholarships. These awards will help prepare the students to lead the way as cyber engineering professionals to help the U.S. address cyber threats in the future.”
To be eligible, students must be enrolled in either the University’s Computer Science program with a Cybersecurity concentration or the Cyber Engineering program, have a junior standing or higher and maintain a 3.0 grade point average.