Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Group of digital forensics majors receive Department of Defense Cybersecurity Scholarships

Four Bloomsburg University digital forensics majors have been awarded scholarships under the Department of Defense Cybersecurity Scholarship program. Two students were awarded returning scholarships and two were awarded new scholarships.

Due to the sensitive nature of positions, the names of the students awarded the scholarships cannot be revealed.

These coveted scholarships are only available because of BU’s designation as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education. Each cyber scholar receives full tuition, fees, a book allowance, and a stipend for living expense in exchange for civilian service at a Department of Defense agency upon graduation. The package is worth approximately $27,000 per student.

“I commend each of these cyber scholars for this impressive achievement, and also thank our faculty in the Department of Mathematical and Digital Sciences for their guidance and leadership,” said Bloomsburg University President Bashar W. Hanna. “Given these extraordinary times, it is ever more important for our students to seek opportunities in which they may find a rewarding career path. This scholarship program is one such opportunity, and I’m glad to see our own Huskies being rewarded for their great work.”

The Department of Defense Cyber Scholarship Program is authorized by Chapter 112 of title 10, United States Code, Section 2200. The purpose of the program is to support the recruitment of new cyber talent and the retention of current highly skilled professionals within the Department of Defense cyber workforce.

Additionally, this program serves to enhance the national pipeline for the development of cyber personnel by providing grants to institutions of higher education.
Center of Academic Excellence
BU is designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence (CAE) in Cyber Defense Education with a focus in the area of digital forensics. The CAE designation, jointly sponsored by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security, recognizes that Bloomsburg’s digital forensics program has met stringent criteria in regard to its digital forensics curriculum, faculty and research, as well as demonstrated an institution-wide commitment to information assurance practices and cyber defense education.
Students attending CAE designated schools become eligible to apply for related scholarships and grants through the Federal Cyber Service Scholarship for Service Program.

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