SUNY Canton Named Cyber Service Academy College with New Scholarships Available


U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand encourages students to seek out scholarship-for-service opportunity.

SUNY Canton is a partner in a new federal Cyber Service Academy initiative to provide full scholarships and resources for students enrolled in or looking to join the Cybersecurity program.

During an announcement at Mohawk Valley Community College on October 6, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand encouraged students to apply for the program.

Students compete in a cyber attack challenge in the Cybersecurity lab.

“There are nearly 40,000 unfilled public-sector cybersecurity positions, leaving our country with a severe shortage of cyber personnel needed to protect ourselves from adversaries like Russia,” Senator Gillibrand said in a news release. “The Cyber Service Academy will create a pipeline for a talented, highly trained cyber workforce, granting one year of free college for every year of subsequent public service.”

Gillibrand created the Cyber Service Academy scholarship program through her work on the Senate Armed Services Committee. Successful applicants are provided a scholarship covering the total cost of tuition, select books and fees, a stipend, purchase of a laptop, and more. Successful applicants incur a service commitment that starts after their degree is awarded.

“SUNY Canton proudly supports the Cyber Service Academy scholarship program championed by Senator Gillibrand,” said SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran. “These scholarships will allow our students to access invaluable opportunities in cybersecurity. By empowering the next generation in this area, we are both meeting the demands of today and are shaping the technology workforce for the future.”

For more information about the Cyber Service Academy, please visit Senator Gillibrand’s website.

SUNY Canton’s program is offered as part of its Center for Criminal Justice, Intelligence, and Cybersecurity. It received a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Designation from the National Security Agency (NSA), which signifies the program’s excellence and demonstrates it aligns with national standards for cyber defense.

Most of the eight SUNY-affiliated colleges participating in the Cyber Service Academy initiative have an NSA designation, allowing inter-college collaboration. SUNY Canton currently partners with UAlbany's College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity to provide students a seamless and streamlined route to pursue their graduate degrees.

About SUNY Canton

As Northern New York's premier college for career-driven bachelor's degrees, associate degrees and professional certificate programs, SUNY Canton delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, management, and healthcare fields. It is home to the Center for Criminal Justice, Intelligence and Cybersecurity. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. As SUNY's leader in online education, SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as 23 online degree programs. The SUNY Canton Kangaroos 15 traditional athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division III level as part of the North Atlantic Conference. SUNY Canton also features varsity esports and cheerleading.