Through a partnership between the University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) and Calhoun Community College, students attending Calhoun who are interested in pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering, Computer Science, or Management Information Systems now have the opportunity to apply for a Scholarship for Service (SFS) grant which will provide a three-year scholarship (one year at Calhoun and the following two years at UAH).
The scholarship will be awarded to one Calhoun student in the spring 2018 semester. The selection will be based on a competitive process.
To be considered for the scholarship, you must:
- Be a rising Sophomore and have successfully completed 30-35 transferable college credit hours (credits must be transferable to UAH towards a Computer Engineering, Computer Science, or Management Information Systems Bachelor of Science degree).
- Be pursuing an Associate of Science (A.S.) degree with a concentration in Computer Science at Calhoun.
- Have a minimum 3.0 grade point average at Calhoun.
- Be enrolled at Calhoun in Fall Semester 2017.
- Transfer to UAH after your Sophomore year at Calhoun.
- Major in Computer Engineering, Computer Science, or Management Information Systems at UAH.
The scholarship provides:
- A cost of living stipend of $22,500 each year.
- Full tuition and fees.
- Funds for professional development ($4,000 per year). Professional development funds pay for travel to the required SFS job fair in Washington, D.C. each January and for travel to conferences or other approved professional development activities.
- Funds to buy health insurance ($3,000 per year).
- Funds to buy books ($2,000 per year).
The scholarship requires the recipient to:
- Transfer to UAH for the final 2 years of study.
- Intern for federal state, local, or tribal government each summer you are in school.
- Take a job for federal state, local, or tribal government after graduation and continue working for government for one year for each year of scholarship. Partial years of scholarship support convert to full years of required service to government. If you receive the full three years of scholarship then you must work for three years afterward.
- Study a cybersecurity-related discipline at UAH. Approved undergraduate degrees are the Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity, Computer Science, or Computer Engineering, or Bachelor of Science in Business Administration Information Systems with Cybersecurity concentration.
- Maintain a 3.0 or higher grade point average at Calhoun and UAH.
- Graduate from Calhoun by Fall 2018.
- Apply for security clearance through UAH or an employer.
- Attend the annual SFS job fair in January in Washington, D.C. each year you are in the program.
- Actively pursue government employment first as intern and then after graduation. Community college students are not required to intern between the first and second year of the scholarship. However, working is recommended. UAH typically offers community college students paid positions helping with summer camps for high school students.
- Update the US Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Cybercorps: Scholarship for Service (SFS) website with information about your job searches.
- Sign a service agreement with the US Office of Personnel Management (OPM).