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New Whatcom Community College program covers tuition costs and pays annual stipend

Applications are now being accepted for the Scholarship for Service program

Post Date:01/22/2019 9:00 am

Bellingham, Wash. – A grant recently awarded to Whatcom Community College by the National Science Foundation (NSF) covers tuition costs and includes an annual stipend for students interested in studying cybersecurity. The CyberCorps®: Scholarship for Service (SFS) grant is designed to increase and strengthen the information assurance workforce that protects the government’s critical information infrastructure.

Five scholarships are available to WCC students, which will be offered on a competitive basis. WCC CyberCorps® scholars will complete an associate degree in computer information systems or cybersecurity. Recipients will receive full tuition and academic fees for up to two years, a $22,500 annual stipend, health insurance, and paid summer internship opportunities. In return, for every year of support a student receives, students are required to work one year for a local, state or federal agency in a qualifying position.

To be eligible, a student must be a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident; pursing a cybersecurity-related program at WCC; have a bachelor degree or be a veteran; and meet selection criteria for federal employment. Up until now, the SFS program has only been available through 4-year universities. The NSF’s Community College Cyber Pilot Program (C3P) project expanded SFS to community colleges this fall.

More information, including the application, is available at For best consideration, students should submit a completed application and related forms by March 1.

About Whatcom: Whatcom Community College in Bellingham, WA is regularly recognized as one of the top 150 community colleges in the nation by the Aspen Institute. The College, a destination for cybersecurity, healthcare and business studies, offers a four-year bachelor of applied science degree, transfer degrees, career preparation, online courses and community education classes. WCC’s accomplished faculty and staff serve 11,000 students annually. For more information, visit

Contact: Marisa Ellis, Whatcom Community College PIO, 360.383.3310,

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