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Scholarship program funded, ramped up

The National Science Foundation has tapped 13 schools to receive $19 million to expand the Scholarship for Service program — a move that will increase the number of students and universities in the program. The program gives scholarships to graduate and undergraduate students studying information assurance in exchange for a one- or two-year stint in the federal Cyber Corps after graduation. President Bush approved $19.3 million last August when he signed the fiscal 2002 supplemental appropriations bill. NSF announced Feb. 14 that it will use the money to launch the scholarship program at four more institutions and enable the nine schools already in the program to add about 10 students each. This infusion of money will double the number of participating students to about 300 and will focus primarily on preparing students with bachelor’s and master’s degrees in critical information security fields. Full Story

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