Scholarship for Service

Scholarship for Service

Pace University has been awarded a National Science Foundation grant to support undergraduate students interested in studying information assurance until 2014.  Funding for 2015 and beyond is pending. Scholarship recipients are required to take courses in information assurance and in a second discipline, such as accounting or criminal justice, as this is an interdisciplinary curriculum.

About the Program

Scholarship for Service (SFS) is a unique program designed to increase and strengthen the cadre of information assurance professionals that protect the government’s critical information infrastructure.

Eligibility

  • U.S. citizen and at least 18 years of age
  • Currently enrolled in, or applied for transfer to, an undergraduate program at Pace University
  • Pursue or intend to pursue a course of study in Information Assurance as approved by the Program Director
  • Be within two years of graduation
  • GPA of at least 3.0
  • Meet selection criteria for federal employment, including obtaining a security clearance

Benefits

  • Full tuition and academic fees (up to $1,000/year) that apply for the two years in the program
  • Stipend of $20,000 for each year in the program
  • Textbooks up to $1,000 for each year in the program
  • Paid summer internship at a local/state/federal agency between the scholar's first and second year in the program*
  • Full-time employment at a agency in the local/state/federal government*
  • * The SFS Scholars are responsible to apply for and obtain a position. The Scholarship Program will provide help in identifying employment opportunities.

Obligations

  • Be enrolled fulltime and maintain a GPA of at least 3.0
  • Work for at least two years at a local/state/federal agency upon graduation
  • Complete the degree/program requirements successfully**
  • ** Although there will be flexibility in meeting individual student interests and goals, there will be a list of required courses a student must take. Please contact the Program Director to discuss your individual requirements. Examples of required courses are shown below:

Computing Majors

Three (3) Information Assurance Courses:

  • CIT 251 Computer Security Overview
  • CIT 352 Network and Internet Security
  • CIT 354 Computer Forensics AND

Three (3) Accounting OR
Three (3) Criminal Justice Courses:

Accounting
Criminal Justice
  • CIT 396B Advanced Information Technology for Accounting Applications
  • ACC 375 Accounting Information Systems
  • ACC 470 Accounting Research Project OR
  • CRJ 150 Introduction to Criminal Justice
  • CRJ 247 Introduction to Private Security
  • CRJ 346 Terrorism and Society

Non-Computing Majors

Accounting Majors
  • Minor in one of the following: Computer Science, Information Systems or Information Technology AND
  • Three (3) Information Assurance Courses:

    • CIT 251 Computer Security Overview
    • CIT 352 Network and Internet Security
    • CIT 354 Computer Forensics
Criminal Justice Majors
  • Minor in one of the following: Computer Science, Information Systems or Information Technology AND
  • Minor in Information Assurance:

    Three (3) Information Assurance Courses:

    Three (3) Criminal Justice Courses:

    • CIT 251 Computer Security Overview
    • CIT 352 Network and Internet Security
    • CIT 354 Computer Forensics AND
    • CRJ 261 Introduction to Criminal Investigation
    • CRJ 247 Introduction to private Security
    • CRJ 346 Terrorism and Society

Selection

SFS Scholarships will be offered on a competitive basis. The scholarships are effective for two years starting with the fall semester. Scholarship recipients are selected based on:

  • Academic performance
  • Resume
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Essay explaining the applicant's objectives as it relates to Information Assurance and a career in the federal government
  • Ability to obtain security clearance
  • Interview

Application Timeline

Application Form: download here
Application Deadline: April 1, 2014
Awards Announced: by May 31, 2014

Contact

Li-Chiou Chen, Ph.D.
Principal Investigator and Program Director
Email: lchen@pace.edu
Phone: (914) 773-3907

Andreea Cotoranu
Program Coordinator
Email: acotoranu@pace.edu
Phone: (914) 773-3193