CHARLESTON, S.C. — The National Science Foundation has awarded The Citadel in Charleston a $2.8 million grant to create South Carolina's first CyberCorps: Scholarship for Service program.

According to the Scholarship for Service website, the program is designed to "recruit and train the next generation of information technology professionals, industrial control system security professionals, and security managers to meet the needs of the cybersecurity mission for Federal, State, local, and tribal governments."

The program provides scholarships funded by the National Science Foundation for up to 3 years of support for cybersecurity undergraduate (MS) and graduate (PhD) education in areas such as computer science, cyber operations, security studies, and even criminal justice.

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In exchange, the scholarship recipient must agree to work for the US Government after graduation in a position related to cybersecurity for a period equal to the length of the scholarship.

Professor Shankar Banik, head of The Citadel's Department of Cyber and Computer Sciences, said that students in the program would benefit from the school's relationships with other federal and state agencies such as Department of Defense, FBI, CIA, National Security, and the Naval Information Warfare Center Atlantic.

The program is co-sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security.