CyberCorps pays for students’ education, gives them job opportunities

Leonardo Babun can’t wait to face challenging cybersecurity projects once he graduates. And thanks to a new scholarship-for-service program that gives him the necessary tools and training to be successful, he’ll have multiple opportunities to work for the U.S. government.

Ten years ago, Babun – a doctoral student in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering – arrived in the United States from Cuba not knowing a single word in English and with only $100 in his pocket.

Today, he is part of the CyberCorps Scholarship for Service, which provides him a full-tuition scholarship, an annual stipend for living expenses, annual separate funds to reimburse books and healthcare fees, and a job in cybersecurity for a federal, state, local or tribal government organization upon graduation.

The CyberCorps Scholarship for Service program is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and co-sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). It provides education and job opportunities for engineering students enrolled in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering who have a strong interest in cybersecurity.

CyberCorps is offered nationwide at 70 colleges and universities. Selcuk Uluagac, assistant professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, was instrumental in bringing the program to FIU this summer.

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Posted by Diana Hernandez-Alende