Tuesday, September 4, 2012

STEM and MONARCH Scholarships for Service Program


Awesome opportunity for people with a Bachelor's Degree who are seeking career opportunity in the Cyber Security field while pursuing a Master's Degree in Computer Science with an emphasis in Information Assurance.

The Naval Postgraduate School's Center for Information Systems Security Studies and Research (CISR) STEM or MONARCH Scholarship for Service (SFS) program provides an opportunity for paid tuition at NPS for a two year Master's Degree in Computer Science, with an emphasis in Information Assurance.

Upon graduation, start your paid CIVILIAN position as a cyber security professional in any of a number of government organizations for a minimum of two years.
Overview
  • Paid tuition at NPS for two year Master's Degree in Computer Science, emphasis in Information Assurance
  • Approximately $25,000/year salary while enrolled in the program, plus textbook stipend
  • Access to state-of-the-art equipment and the opportunity to participate in classified classes and research
  • Participate in a summer internship to gain real world experience
  • Upon graduation, start your paid CIVILIAN position as a cyber security professional in any of a number of government organizations for a minimum of two years
MONARCH - Cyber Corps Through Metamorphosis - This program is designed for anyone with a Bachelors degree in any undergraduate field that has the aptitude and desire to study Computer Science. The application deadline is September 28, 2012 with student notification on October 12, 2012 for the program beginning in January 2013.
Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s Degree, prior to enrollment, in any undergraduate degree with a minimum GPA of 3.0
  • The selection committee is most interested in applications with aptitude, but may have little or no computer science background
  • Applicants should highlight their desire to work for the Federal Government in an Information Assurance related position
  • Aptitude will be based on the entire package submitted by the applicant
STEM - Science, Technology, Engineering and Math - This program is designed for individuals with a Bachelors degree in Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics, and/or Engineering background.

Qualifications
  • Bachelor's Degree, prior to enrollment, in Computer Science or closely related field (Mathematics, Engineering, or Physics) with a minimum GPA of 3.0. The selection committee is most interested in specific computer and math classes completed and might, in certain circumstances, give special consideration to other fields of study.
  • Some undergraduate courses recommended as a basis for admittance into the Scholarship for Service program are listed below. The top 5 courses are most important and are listed in order of importance. Our typical SFS applicant has an undergraduate degree in computer science; applications from students who have taken fewer than half of these courses will not be competitive. We expect students to be proficient in a language such as C, C++, Java or Ada.
    1. Logic and Discrete Math
    2. Computer Architecture
    3. Data Structures
    4. Operating Systems
    5. Networking
    6. Algorithm Analysis
    7. Automata
    8. Programming Paradigms
    9. Programming Language Theory
The Scholarship for Service program DOES NOT entail enrollment in the Military. Students receive their Master's Degree and move on to CIVILIAN government jobs in such organizations as the CIA, FBI, NSA, DHS, and others.
FAQs

As with all federally funded programs, programs are based on approved funding. 
What are you waiting for?
MONARCH applications are due by September 28, 2012 for the January 2013 program.
STEM applications are due by January 25, 2013 for the September 2013 program.




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