Towson awarded $2 million National Science Foundation grant
CyberCorps program to provide scholarships to promising computer security students
TOWSON, Md. (August 17, 2012)—Towson University is the recipient of a $2,093,834 National Science Foundation Scholarship grant, which will provide scholarships for students pursuing studies in computer science with a concentration in computer security.
"This NSF award is recognition that Towson University is a leader in providing cutting-edge cyber security education to our students,” says President Maravene Loeschke.
“As we rapidly increase the number of STEM graduates with resources like this grant, our students will continue to become highly sought after by government and cyber security industry employers."
For a five-year period beginning in 2013, the CyberCorps program will offer two-year scholarships to up to 30 students. Each recipient will receive full tuition, books, a stipend of $20,000, an allowance of $3,000 for travel to professional conferences, and $1,200 in health insurance.
The program’s goal is to develop qualified computer security professionals, who will join the state and federal workforce and secure the national information infrastructure. Eligible scholarship recipients are college juniors and seniors who are United States citizens. Students must hold a grade point average of 3.5 or better and be prepared to undergo a government security clearance.
“Education is the opportunity ladder of this nation and higher education is a critical rung in that ladder,” says Sen. Barbara Mikulski, chairwoman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice and Science, which funds the NSF.
“Right now, Maryland is the global epicenter of cyber security. Every student, regardless of background, deserves a chance to excel in those fields. Maryland cyber graduates are in demand to fill the jobs of today and the jobs of tomorrow. I’m proud to put funds in the federal checkbook to support these cutting-edge programs preparing today’s students for tomorrow’s careers.”
Towson University is a Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education and among the first institutions to offer an undergraduate computer security track in its ABET-accredited Computer Science program.