Marymount Cybersecurity Program gets Additional NSF Scholarship Funding

The National Science Foundation has awarded Marymount University an additional $468,320 for its CyberCorps Scholarship for Service program, bringing the total amount of its support to $1,933,387. The grant funds scholarships for Marymount undergraduate and graduate students who are earning degrees with a concentration in cybersecurity.

“This funding is great news and affirmation that Marymount is a critical partner in training the next generation of cybersecurity experts,” said Dr. Sherri Lind Hughes, Marymount’s provost.

The individual awards to students include an $8,000 stipend, full tuition and academic fees, a book allowance of $1,000, funding for conference attendance, and a paid summer internship. Upon graduation, recipients will fulfill a two-year work commitment in the cybersecurity field with a federal, state, or local government agency or a federally funded research and development company.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for our students, many of whom go on to work for the National Security Agency,” said Dr. Diane Murphy, chair of Marymount’s Department of Information Technology and Management Science. “If you’re in cybersecurity, the government can offer excellent, exciting jobs.”

Murphy added that the grant is just the latest evidence that Marymount is one of the premier educators in cybersecurity in the Washington, D.C., area. MU was recently named a National Center for Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education by the NSA.

“Part of our mission in doing the grant is to encourage underserved minorities, females and veterans,” Murphy said. “We also work very closely with Northern Virginia Community College.” NOVA students are encouraged to apply. For more information on the scholarships, contact Murphy by email.