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Scholarship Requirements

Consistent with award criteria from the National Science Foundation, UNM seeks SFS students with the following profile:

  • Strong desire to work on national security challenges
  • Willingness to apply for and eligibility to receive a security clearance
  • Above average to superior undergraduate grades and placement test scores
  • Pursue an MS in Information Systems and Assurance, Master of Accounting (Information Assurance concentration), MS in Computer Science, or MS in Computer Engineering
  • Study full-time on UNM’s main campus, completing all degree requirements in three semesters
  • Demographics similar to current IA students (40% minority and 40% female)

Minimum eligibility requirements for the SFS scholarship include:

  • U.S. citizenship or lawful permanent residency
  • Completed bachelor's degree from an accredited college, with an emphasis in CS, engineering, MIS, accounting, or a closely related field
  • Undergraduate grade point average of 3.2 or higher
  • Confirmed as qualified for employment in the CyberCorps® by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management

Students who are awarded an SFS scholarship must meet additional continuing requirements for their scholarship, including:

  • Maintain continuous full-time enrollment
  • Enroll in courses as determined by the SFS program director
  • Maintain good academic standing and a minimum 3.2 GPA
  • Participate in SFS mentoring and professional development activities
  • Avoid conduct that negatively impacts your ability to receive a security clearance or to be employed within the CyberCorps®
  • Complete required summer internship in the CyberCorps®
  • Actively seek and accept a summer internship and two-year employment within the CyberCorps®

Students who fail to meet continuing requirements will be reviewed by the program director and their scholarships may be suspended or permanently revoked.