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Morgan State University is currently accepting applications for the National Science Foundation CyberCorps: Scholarship for Service and Department of Defense Cybersecurity Scholarship Program.

According to the announcement, completing a single application puts you in consideration for both scholarships.

A National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education, Morgan State University’s Cybersecurity Assurance and Policy Center was recently awarded a $3.2 million National Science Foundation (NSF) grant to implement the agency’s CyberCorps Scholarship for Service program.

NSF’s CyberCorps creates pathways for students to receive critical training and education in cybersecurity.

The award, which carries a term of five years, recognizes the Cybersecurity Assurance and Policy Center at Morgan State as a leader in cyber defense education and the study of secure embedded systems.

Dr. Kevin T. Kornegay (photo inset) will serve as principal investigator (PI). He is a professor in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Morgan State University and the director of a laboratory set up to improve Internet of Things (IoT) device security. He is currently the Internet of Things (IoT) Security Professor and Director of the Cybersecurity Assurance and Policy (CAP) Center for Academic Excellence in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at Morgan State.

“This award is essential to our efforts to recruit the very best students for our Ph.D. in Secure Embedded Systems program and develop a highly-skilled workforce for careers in cybersecurity,” Kornegay said in a statement.

The program will afford scholarships to 24 MSU students (10 bachelors, eight masters, and six doctoral) providing them with an opportunity to participate in a unique educational program and innovative curriculum rooted in secure embedded systems integrating active learning experiences and mentoring. The resources provided will assist the center in recruitment, mentoring, and will afford students pursuing cybersecurity-focused bachelor, masters, and doctoral degrees with financial support.

Aided by the Department of Homeland Security, the Office of Personnel Management, and the NSF, the CyberCorps Scholarship for Service program has made significant investments in the advancement of homegrown cybersecurity expertise and ingenuity by providing institutions funding towards scholarships for cybersecurity-related degree programs.

In return, scholarship recipients must agree to work for the U.S. government after graduation in a cybersecurity-related position for a period equal to the length of the scholarship. Since its inception in 2017, more than 3,458 students have received scholarships and committed to working for federal, state, local or tribal government organizations.

For more information about the CyberCorps Scholarship for Service in Secure Embedded Systems at Morgan and to apply, visit here.

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