FSU Receives Million in Scholarship Funds from Federal Government

Florida State University has again received a big boost from the federal government to train Seminoles how to protect the U.S. from cyber terrorism.

A program only about three years in the making at FSU is continuing to make an offer; many computer science students can't refuse.

“The National Science Foundation just wrote us a check for more than $1 million for scholarships, it pays for tuition in full, fees, books and housing,” says professor Alec Yasinsac.

And upon completion of the program, students are guaranteed a job with a federal agency. Even so, it’s been tough to fill the computer labs.

“We're so new so a lot of the students don't really know about the program yet,” says coordinator Angela Shrum.

These scholarship students are being trained in areas such as cryptology, cyber terrorism, computer hacking and viruses.

Program director for the National Science Foundation, Ernest McDuffie, says this is area in demand, “There was an incident where a student hacked his way into the computer to release dams that would have flooded three states. That's why it’s critically important.”

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