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Center for Cybersecurity Education & ResearchNSF S-STEM Scholarship

ODU CYBER Scholarship

*This scholarship is closed for new freshmen applications. However, if you are a (rising) junior or senior student, please see the S-STEM Scholarship for more opportunities.

The Old Dominion University School of Cybersecurity is pleased to announce a new scholarship program for students who are majoring in Cybersecurity. These are four year scholarships ($8,888 per year, total: $35,552) available to talented students with demonstrated financial need. Besides the scholarship, students also receive strong academic support, including faculty mentoring, peer tutoring, acceptance to the ODU Cybersecurity Learning Community, opportunities to join the Cyberhacking Competition Team, and access to the Cybersecurity Virtual Lab. They will also have access to summer research internships and assistance with job placement, as well as other support provided by ODU such as the Student Success Center, Math & Science Resource Center, Writing Center, and Career Development Services.


U.S. citizen or permanent resident, demonstrated financial need, enrolled full time freshmen students staring in Fall 2020 in ODU Cybersecurity major.

How to Apply (Deadline: May 1, 2020)

Follow the link below to start application. You will need to log into your Google account to upload files, using your ODU email with ODU password, or a gmail with your gmail password. The form will ask for the following supporting documents. Please make the essay/personal statment and resume are ready to upload. The reference letter can also be sent directly to cxin@odu.edu from your reference. You will also have an option to upload your high school transcripts.

  1. Essay or personal statement: describe interest in cybersecurity, career goal, as well as experience in cybersecurity if any.
  2. Resume: list education (middle and high schools), academic achievements (honors, awards, etc.), related experience, skills, and other special qualifications if any.
  3. One reference letter from high school teachers (preferred from math or science teachers)
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Why Cybersecurity

Cybersecurity has become one of the most important issues in our society. Thousands of data breaches are reported every year, including high-profile companies such as Yahoo, Equifax, Target, and Anthem. In recent years, millions of different malware were discovered, and billions of identities were exposed.

There is a significant shortage of cybersecurity professionals. In 2016, Virginia had 36,000 cybersecurity positions that could not be filled due to low supply of cybersecurity professionals. For the entire nation, there were one million cybersecurity job openings in 2015 alone, with the average salary of $89,000 per year.

The ODU Cyber Scholarship is supported by a $1 million NSF grant recently received by the Center for Cybersecurity Education and Research.


Dr. Chunsheng Xin, 231M Kaufman Hall, Norfolk, VA 23529, Email: cxin@odu.edu

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