THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
(Aboard Air Force One en route Andrews Air Force Base)
For Immediate Release December 8, 2000
Scholarship for Service
Today, at a speech at the University of Nebraska at Kearney, President
Clinton highlighted the new Scholarship for Service initiative, a component
of the Federal Cyber Services (FCS) Training and Education initiative.
Scholarship for Service awards scholarships for the study of information
security in exchange for a commitment to work for a specified amount of
time for the federal government. It also supports the development of
information security faculty and facilities through capacity building
The demand for information technologists and information security
specialists has grown faster than the supply. In both the public and the
private sector, there is a dearth of qualified new professionals in
information security. In the federal government alone, the shortage is
projected to be over 37,000 within the next six years. SFS is one of
several initiatives aimed at addressing this shortage.
One of five educational initiatives detailed in the President?s National
Plan for Information Systems Protection, Version 1.0, Scholarship for
Service offers tuition for junior and senior academic years of
undergraduate study, or two years of master level study, summer employment
in a federal agency, and a living stipend.
The initiative is jointly managed by the National Science Foundation and
the Office of Personnel Management. The National Science Foundation issued
the Scholarship for Service grant proposal announcement on October 27,
2000. Proposals are due in late January, and awards will be announced in
Spring 2001. The FY01 program is expected to fund approximately 175
students, who will begin studies in Fall 2001. Additional information
about this program can be found on the National Science Foundation (NSF)
web site at http://www.nsf.gov.
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