U. Central Florida announces $3M cybersecurity scholarship program

Funding from the National Science Foundation will provide students at the University of Central Florida scholarships for cybersecurity studies.

The University of Central Florida has received a nearly $3 million grant from the National Science Foundation to provide scholarships for its cybersecurity students.

The funding will specifically go to scholarships related to cybersecurity training and research at the university, requiring that recipients must work for a federal, state, local or tribal government after graduation for at least the equal length of the scholarship.

“UCF has tremendous strengths in cybersecurity education and research, with growing recognition thanks to the excellence of our students and faculty,” UCF President Alexander Cartwright said in a university announcement. “We are so proud to be able to continue to help our students graduate with the critical skills and knowledge needed by employers and our nation to help our students graduate with the critical skills and knowledge needed by employers and our nation to help safeguard against growing digital threats.”

The grant announcement comes days after Oldsmar, Florida, which is near Tampa, announced a cyberattack against a water treatment plant that temporarily altered its sodium hydroxide to a potentially dangerous level.


The new investment is designed to help UCF train the next generation of cybersecurity leaders in Florida and contribute to a growing technological workforce.

“A world dependent on technology creates opportunities, but it also makes us vulnerable to cyber-attacks,” Rep. Stephanie Murphy said in the university announcement. “These federal investments will help UCF train the next generation of cyber professionals right here in Central Florida — creating jobs in our community and helping defend our nation against dangerous cyber threats.”

The $3 million grant is part of the National Science Foundation’s “CyberCorps: Scholarship for Service” program, which is focused on training the next generation of IT leaders and funneling those workers into roles within federal, state, local and tribal government agencies. UCF joins more than 70 other universities that have received the scholarship dollars from NSF.

Jake Williams

Written by Jake Williams

Jake Williams is a Staff Reporter for FedScoop and StateScoop. At StateScoop, he covers the information technology issues and events at state and local governments across the nation. In the past, he has covered the United States Postal Service, the White House, Congress, cabinet-level departments and emerging technologies in the unmanned aircraft systems field for FedScoop. Before FedScoop, Jake was a contributing writer for Campaigns & Elections magazine. He has had work published in the Huffington Post and several regional newspapers and websites in Pennsylvania. A northeastern Pennsylvania native, Jake graduated magna cum laude from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania, or IUP, in 2014 with a bachelor's degree in journalism and a minor in political science. At IUP, Jake was the editor-in-chief of the campus newspaper, The Penn, and the president of the university chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.

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