DSU receives $1.3 Million scholarship commitment from NSF
Dakota State University has received a $1.3 million scholarship commitment from the National Science Foundation.
The commitment is in the form of a grant, with the first $600,000 awarded to DSU in 2011. The remainder of the $1.3 million will be awarded through 2014.
Dr. Josh Pauli submitted the grant to the NSF under their Federal Cyber Service 'Scholarship for Service' Program. The program seeks to increase the number of qualified students entering the fields of Information Assurance and Computer Security. "There is a growing call for trained professionals who can deal with cyber security issues in every industry across the nation," says Pauli. "This grant will help us attract and retain students who are interested in going into those fields specifically for the Federal Government to work for agencies such as The Department of Homeland Security, The National Security Agency, and The Central Intelligence Agency among others."
Pauli says DSU is forming the Dakota State Cyber Corps, which is the name the Federal Government uses for higher education institutions that take part in the NSF program and The Department of Defense (DoD) Information Assurance Scholarship Program. DSU is one of approximately 35 institutions nationwide that take part in both the NSF Scholarship for Service (SFS) and the DoD Information Assurance Scholarship Program.
Students in their final two years of undergraduate study, or for two years of a master's level study, or for the final two years of their doctoral-level study, are eligible for the scholarships. The students will participate in a summer internship with an agency of the Federal Government and will be required to work for a minimum of two years in the Federal Government after graduation.
"This funding from the National Science Foundation is a very significant statement about the standing of our Information Assurance degree programs at DSU," says DSU President Dr. Doug Knowlton. "Dr. Pauli has done an outstanding job working with the NSF to find this support for students. These funds will directly impact students and their careers and support the information technology initiatives that relate to DSU's mission for the state. "