CONGRESSMAN MORELLE ANNOUNCES $5.5 MILLION IN FUNDING FOR CYBERSECURITY EDUCATION AT ROCHESTER INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
(Rochester, NY) – Today, Congressman Joe Morelle announced that $5.5 million in funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) has been awarded to the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) over a five-year period to support students pursuing the cybersecurity field. This grant will fund the CyberCorps Scholarships program, supporting an addition of 24 new scholars.
“I’m so pleased that RIT has received this significant grant to help strengthen their innovative CyberCorps scholarship program,” said Rep. Morelle. “Cybersecurity is a rapidly growing industry – and now more than ever, it is essential that we encourage students to pursue this field. This investment marks an important step towards closing the skills gap and helping to secure, protect, and improve our nation's cyberinfrastructure for years to come.”
“The CyberCorps scholarship program has been an important building block in our efforts to make RIT a nexus of computing security education and research, and in the creation of our Global Cybersecurity Institute, which was also strongly supported by Congressman Morelle,” said RIT President David Munson. “This award will enable RIT to attract more of the best and brightest students and prepare them to meet the nation’s urgent need for increased cybersecurity expertise. We are very appreciative of this continued investment in RIT and of Congressman Morelle’s outstanding support of our work in this important area.”
This award will build on previous successful participation in the CyberCorps Scholarship for Service (SFS) program to prepare additional highly qualified cybersecurity professionals to fill the talent gap in the government workforce. Currently, the CyberCorps scholarship program includes 11 scholars and has already graduated 15 students who are serving our country in various government agencies. With this additional $5.5 million in funding, RIT will accept 21 students in computer science, software engineering, and computing security departments as well as 3 Ph.D. students with research areas in cybersecurity.
SFS scholars will also work to promote cybersecurity to underrepresented groups, including working to broaden female participation in the program by partnering with the college's active Women in Computing group and the annual Women in Cybersecurity and the Grace Hopper Celebration conferences.