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Virginia giving $1 million for studying cybersecurity

Staff Writer |
Governor Terry McAuliffe announced that applications are now being accepted for a $1 million state scholarship fund for students studying cybersecurity.

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The Virginia Cybersecurity Public Service Scholarship Program will award $20,000 a year to eligible Virginia students who are studying how to safeguard computer networks, data and electronic resources.

In return, the students must commit to public service by working at a Virginia state agency or institution for as many years as they receive the scholarship.

The Governor included $500,000 a year for the scholarships in the 2016-18 biennial budget and is making cybersecurity the central theme of his tenure as chair of the National Governors Association.

About 25 scholarships will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, depending on available funding. Recipients can receive the scholarship for up to two years.

They must be enrolled full-time as in-state students in a cybersecurity program at a Virginia nonprofit private or public college or university; be within two years of graduation from an undergraduate or graduate program; and have a GPA of at least 3.0.

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