Community College Cyber Pilot Program (C3P) Scholarship Funding

The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018 (NDAA18) has authorized the National Science Foundation (NSF), in coordination with the Office of Personnel Management, to develop and implement a Community College Cyber Pilot (C3P) program as part of NSF's CyberCorps®: Scholarship for Service (SFS) program. Specifically, NDAA18 authorizes scholarships for eligible students who:

  1. are pursuing associate degrees or specialized program certifications in the field of cybersecurity; and
  2. (A) have bachelor’s degrees or
    (B) are veterans of the Armed Forces.

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NSF encourages projects that will generate new knowledge about effective cybersecurity education, re-skilling workers to meet cybersecurity needs, preparing nontraditional students to reenter the educational system, increasing the diversity of the cybersecurity workforce, using applied research experiences to build skills and competencies for real-world scenarios, and building effective collaborations between educational institutions, business, industry, and government. Investigating some of these issues in conjunction with a novel educational program for the scholars may enhance the impact of the pilot projects.