Scholarship for Service Program

The UNM Information Assurance Scholarship for Service (SFS) Program is now accepting applications for scholarships to be awarded for study beginning in January 2021. Click here for application requirements.

Scholarship Program Highlights

  • Pursue a Master's degree in Cybersecurity or Information Assurance at UNM.
  • Scholarship pays all costs for three semesters: $2,800 per month stipend, all tuition & fees, book allowance, travel allowance and health insurance reimbursement.
  • Customize the degree program to your background and career goals: computer & network security, computer forensics, white collar crime, auditing, and compliance.
  • Complete a summer internship with a Federal agency in Washington, D.C.

After graduation, work in the Federal CyberCorps for at least two years.

Scholarship Program Details

The UNM Information Assurance Scholarship for Service (SFS) program is funded through a National Science Foundation grant to provide scholarships to complete a Master's degree in information assurance (IA). The purpose of the Scholarship for Service (SFS) program is to educate outstanding students in information assurance and move them into related careers with the U.S. government CyberCorps®. SFS programs exist at many universities and their graduates are employed in many Federal agencies. UNM SFS students have been placed in internships and careers at the Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Treasury, Environmental Protection Agency, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Federal Reserve Bank, Los Alamos National Labs, National Institute of Standards, National Security Administration, Sandia National Labs, and Securities and Exchange Commission. Scholarship recipients should expect to begin their careers in Washington, D.C. though other starting locations are possible.

Among other requirements, scholarship recipients must meet eligibility criteria, must complete a Federal internship during their first summer, and must be employed in the Federal CyberCorps® for at least two years after graduation. UNM and the U.S. Office of Personnel Management will assist scholarship recipients in finding and applying for appropriate internship and career positions. An SFS CyberCorps® job fair is held in Washington, D.C. in early January. A virtual SFS CyberCorps® job fair is held online, usually in September.

Scholarships cover three semesters of full-time study and include tuition and fees, a monthly stipend, a book and travel allowances, and graduate student health insurance. Scholarship recipients must enroll full-time in one of the following programs:

  • MS in Information Systems and Assurance (MS-CBA).
  • Master of Accounting program with a concentration in IA.
  • Master of Computer Science with a cybersecurity emphasis.
  • Master of Computer Engineering with a cybersecurity emphasis.

SFS Contact Information

Professor Stephen Burd is the UNM SFS program director and the principal investigator for the related National Science Foundation grant. Please direct any related questions to him via email.

Steve Burd

National SFS Program Information

Click here for National SFS Program Information.