The DoD Cyber Scholarship (CySP)

The CySP is authorized by Chapter 112 of U.S.C., Section 2200, designed to encourage the recruitment of the nation’s top cyber talent and the retention of DoD personnel who have skills necessary to meet DoD’s cyber requirements and help secure our nation against threats of information systems and networks. Provide scholarships to students in pursuit of cyber-related degree at National Centers of Academic Excellence (CAE) in Cyber Education: Cyber Defense (CAE-CD), Cyber Defense Research (CAE-R) or Cyber Operations (CAE-CO).

This program is a nationally competitive scholarship. Students selected as Cyber Scholars will receive:

  • the full cost of tuition,
  • books (from the institution/degree specific required book list, not books which are optional for the class),
  • required fees (including health care), and
  • a stipend to cover room and board.
  • The stipend levels are $25,000 for undergraduate students and $30,000 for graduate (Master’s/PhD) students. Awards will be made via a grant to the CAE-C.

Information for Applicants

  • Students falling into one of the following categories may apply:
    • Rising second-year CAE-C Community College (pilot program) students who will be transitioning into a bachelor’s degree program at a 4-year CAE-C
    • Juniors, Seniors pursuing a bachelor's degree (Sophomore's promoting to a Junior in Fall 2020 are eligible to apply)
    • Students in their first or second year of a master's degree; or
    • Students pursuing doctoral degrees.
  • If you are an undergraduate student, you must maintain an overall 3.2 out of a 4.0 grade point average (or an analogous rank based on a comparable scale) in order to receive financial assistance (a scholarship) under the CySP.
  • If you are a graduate student, you must maintain an overall 3.5 out of a 4.0 (or an analogous rank based on a comparable scale) in order to receive financial assistance (a scholarship).
  • Failure to maintain these minimum grade point averages constitutes grounds for immediate termination of financial assistance and your appointment under the CySP. Additionally, if you fail to complete the degree program satisfactorily or to fulfill the service commitment upon graduation, you shall be required to reimburse the United States, in whole or in part, the cost of the financial (scholarship) assistance provided.
  • Except for small achievement awards (not to exceed $5,500 in any academic year), you may not accept simultaneous remuneration from another scholarship or fellowship while receiving financial assistance under the CySP. If you are in a graduate program, you may receive a reasonable amount of remuneration for teaching or similar activities as are, in the institution’s opinion, contributory to your academic progress. Except where state or local law, court or proper administrative order declares otherwise, the DoD shall assume that the development of students, not service to the academic institution, will govern the assignment of these activities.
  • Should you terminate your appointment under the CySP, decline or refuse to honor your commitment to accept permanent employment, or, voluntarily terminate permanent employment before you have fulfilled your period of obligated service, you must reimburse the United States, in whole or in part, the cost of the financial (scholarship) assistance provided to you. An obligation to reimburse under this condition of employment is for all purposes considered to be a debt owed to the United States.

The deadline for submissions at Kennesaw State is January 28, 2021 at midnight.

Interested Applicants Must

  • Complete the Student Application by downloading, filling out the form using Adobe Reader or Adobe Acrobat, then printing, signing and scanning.
  • Separate sheet highlighting recognitions, honors and awards. Attach a separate sheet of plain 8 ½”x 11” paper on which you record your responses or the continuations of your responses. On each such page, indicate your name.
  • SUPPLEMENTAL COMPETENCY (OF612 -APPLICATION FOR FEDERAL EMPLOYMENT SUPPLEMENTAL) - download and complete the Competency Statement, keeping the entire document to a total of three pages, and addressing the six areas described in the document.  Be sure to change the header information to contain your name. Save as PDF.
  • A resume using the template provide by DoD CySP here
  • Letter of References
    • One (1) Letter of Reference from a current faculty member who is fully knowledgeable of your potential for successful learning, your knowledge, and your ability. See remainder of application package for instructions about the content of this Letter of Reference. Letters must be on University letterhead and contain the full name and contact information of the faculty member (phone, email, and address).
    • One (1) additional Letter of Reference from either a current or former faculty member, or a current or former supervisor who is fully knowledgeable of your potential for successful learning, your knowledge, and your ability. See remainder of application package for instructions about the content of this Letter of Reference. Letters must be on official letterhead and contain the full name and contact information of the faculty member or current/former supervisor (phone, email, and address).
    • For each letter, you must request that each referee refer to and address the following factors:
    • a. The relationship of the referee to you. (The referee states whether the information is based on an academic or employment relationship.)
    • b. The length of the relationship. (The referee states how long he or she has known you.)
    • c. An assessment of your potential for academic success and fulfillment of degree requirements. (Advise your referees that your college or university will base a determination of your academic sufficiency, in part, on the letters of reference that you submit.)
    • d. An assessment of your knowledge and ability following the six (6) competency areas listed in SUPPLEMENTAL COMPETENCY (OF612 -APPLICATION FOR FEDERAL EMPLOYMENT SUPPLEMENTAL) – see item#3 above
  • Official (certified) Transcripts from all the institutions of higher learning you have attended. Please provide electronic copy of transcripts certified by the institution to hshahria [at] kennesaw [dot] edu.

NOTE: University POCs processing applications for submission will open the transcripts.

  • Create a 1-page cover letter introducing yourself to the review committee, specifying your eligibility to apply for this scholarship program, your GPA, and your willingness to serve the required federal service if awarded this scholarship. 
  • Send all documents as zip file in the following sequence:
    • Cover page
    • Application form (please sign digitally/enter your last name as indicated on various pages) – do not send printed copy of the file as POC need to digitally sign after reviewing.
    • Competency statement
    • CV
    • 2 Letters of References
    • All prior academic transcripts (electronic copy) including from KSU
  • Email this PDF to hshahria [at] kennesaw [dot] edu from your KSU email account, with the subject line: DoD Cyber Scholarship Application 2021- Your Nameno later than midnight, January 29, 2021. No late submissions will be accepted.

 

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