Davenport University has received a five-year, $4M grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to train and educate the nation’s next generation of cyber security experts as part of their CyberCorps Scholarship for Service program.
An estimated 300,000 cyber security jobs will remain unfilled across the country according to cyberseek.org. In the last year, the United States has seen an 11 percent increase in security breaches according to the 2019 Cybercrime Study conducted by Accenture.
“With a large number of open positions and growing security attacks, the need to strengthen and address the cybersecurity talent pipeline is more important than ever,” said Dr. Richard Pappas, president of Davenport University.
“This grant validates the quality education Davenport University provides and the confidence the federal government has in our ability to deliver the talent needed to address one of our nation’s most pressing issues in cybersecurity.”
Guaranteed cyber security job
The program will provide 28 students with scholarships that cover their full-tuition, any education-related fees and living costs. In return, graduates are guaranteed a full-time cybersecurity role at a government entity.
Anyone interested in this scholarship is welcome to apply, according to a press release from the school. The scholarship covers the costs of a student’s junior or senior year at Davenport University. It also extends coverage to sophomores at GRCC, a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Two-Year Education (CAE2Y).
As part of the program, participating students mentor local high school students looking to pursue a career in cybersecurity.
Additionally, students will travel to a national cyber security conference and complete a paid summer internship with a federal, state, local or tribal government organization to further their learning in the cyber security field.
Davenport University is accepting applications now. Those interested in learning more about the scholarship may visit davenport.edu/cybersecurity.