In an effort to ramp up recruiting and training of cybersecurity professionals for federal, state, local and tribal governments, the University of Washington Tacoma, in partnership with the University of Colorado Colorado Springs, has created of the Colorado-Washington Security Scholars Program (CWSSP).

Through the collaboration, which was established as part of Cybercorps: Scholarship for Service (SFS) and funded by the National Science Foundation, UW Tacoma will receive $1.3 million over five years.

The UW Tacoma site will support 10 scholars pursuing the Master of Cybersecurity & Leadership (MCL) degree; and four scholars getting a B.S. in Information Technology with the Information Assurance and Security option. It will provide full tuition-and-fees support for up to two years for work at the undergraduate or graduate level. Each scholar will receive an academic-year stipend ($25,000/year for undergraduate students; $34,000/year for graduate students), plus a professional allowance to pay for travel, books, professional certifications, etc.

In return, each scholar must commit to employment after graduation in a position related to cybersecurity. Scholars must agree to work at a federal agency, or an approved state, local, tribal or territorial government or federally-funded research center for a period equal to the length of the scholarship received.