Considerations for SFS admittance eligibility include the following:
- Citizenship: All SFS scholars must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
- Academic Merit: The Scholarship Committee will examine applicants' grade point average (3.00 minimum), transcripts of previous coursework, relevant extracurricular activities, and references.
- Security Clearance Eligibility: Students must be willing to undergo and have reason to believe they would pass a rigorous background check for future security clearances. More information about security clearances can be found on the OPM Background Investigations page. The procedures and forms used by agencies vary, but the Standard Form (SF) 86 (Questionnaire for National Security positions) is often used for background investigations and security clearances.
- Qualifications for the MIS Master's Program: Successful applicants must have a bachelor's degree and meet the requirements on the MS MIS Admissions Requirements page.
- Interest in Cybersecurity or Information Assurance: Students must demonstrate a strong interest in cybersecurity work through their interview, prior academic work, and/or professional experience and activities.
- Communication Skills: Through examination of applicants' written work, CV/resume, and their interview, the Scholarship Committee will evaluate each student's verbal and written communication skills.
- Commitment and Flexibility: Through previous coursework, experience, and their interviews, students applying for the program should have a demonstrable ability to commit to finishing the program and fulfilling the terms of their scholarship award. Owing to the fact that placement (for the internship, post-graduation position, or both) will most likely be outside of Arizona, students interested in pursuing the Fellowship program must be flexible on where they live following graduation. Positions are often located in the Washington D.C. metro area, but can be in any state or type of locale.
Admittance and Ongoing Eligibility:
Applicants selected for scholarships will have a final interview and fact check to ensure the integrity of the application. Applicants selected for scholarships will be submitted to the federal Office of Personnel Management (OPM) for final verification of eligibility before any award is made. Ongoing eligibility and progress assessment will also be confirmed for all renewal applications.
Ongoing Eligibility :
Students accepted in the AZSecure Cybersecurity Fellowship program are selected for their motivation and commitment, interest in cybersecurity, academic merit, and communication skills and flexibility. Once a student begins the program, success is expected. Progress through the program is reviewed regularly. At a minimum, students continuing in the program must meet the following expectations:
- Agree to the terms and conditions specified in SFS Student Service Agreement.
- Maintain full-time enrollment with good academic standing in your department (MIS, CS, or ECE), focusing on Information Assurance, with a minimum GPA of 3.0 for masters students, and 3.5 for Ph.D. students.
- Measurable and satisfactory progress on independent studies.
- Attendance at job fairs.
- Successfully complete a Federal, State, Local, or Tribal government internship position in the summer between the first and second year of scholarship study. The SFS program office, through the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM), provides numerous tools to assist students in this job search.
- Appropriate involvement in relevant extra-curricular activities.
- Maintenance of security clearance eligibility.
- Timely completion of master's paper (for master's students admitted in 2016 and earlier) or master's thesis (for masters students admitted in 2017 or later) and thesis (for Ph.D. students).
- Upon graduation, work full-time as an information assurance specialist in the Federal, State, Local, or Tribal Government organizations for up to two years commensurate with the supported time period. Employment in National laboratories and Federally Funded Research and Development Centers (FFRDCs) may satisfy this requirement. The OPM provides several tools to aid graduating students in this job search as well.
Enrolled students are also expected to keep their records up-to-date in the SFS Office of Personnel Management (OPM). Log in here to upload your recent resume and other information: The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Scholarship-for-Service: CyberCorps website(includes student and PI log in)