Department of Defense (DoD)

2020 Cyber Scholarship Program (CySP)

In 2001, the National Defense Authorization Act for 2001 (Public Law 106- 398) established the DoD Cybersecurity Scholarship (formally renamed as DoD Cyber Scholarship Program, DoD CySP in 2018). The law is enacted to promote the education, recruitment, and retention of rising junior and senior undergraduate and graduate/doctoral students in cybersecurity studies.

Rising junior and senior undergraduates, master’s and doctoral candidates, who are U.S. citizens and are at least 18 years of age are eligible for consideration for the program. Students in the second year of a two-year degree program, who are continuing to a partner university to pursue a bachelor’s degree are eligible to apply. Students selected as CyberScholars 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. Disabled students may receive additional allowances.

Send the completed application, including all support documentation, to Dr. Guillermo Francia III (c/o Julie White) at the Center for Cybersecurity, 220 West Garden St. Suite 250 / Pensacola, FL 32502) by no later than 5 p.m. on February 13, 2020.

 

Student Application

The minimum eligibility requirements are the following:

1. Must be 18 years of age or older.

2. Must be a citizen of the United States or permanent residents admitted to the US prior to the award.

3. Must be enrolled (or accepted for enrollment) in one of the identified CAE colleges or universities or enrolled (or accepted for enrollment) at an institution selected by a CAE as a collaborative partner for these purposes.

4. Must have ...

  • completed (or by August 2020 will have completed) at a minimum:
    • the second year of an associate degree; or
    • the first two years of an undergraduate degree program; or
    • a bachelor’s degree
  • and be eligible to:
    • begin either the third or fourth year of an undergraduate degree program; or
    • begin the first or second year of a Master's degree program

5. Must be pursuing a course of study and/or have a declared major in one of the scientific, technical, or managerial disciplines related to cyber or with a concentration in cybersecurity. For these purposes, the scientific, technical and managerial disciplines related to computer and network security and cybersecurity which includes cybersecurity functions such as system administration, cryptography, systems security, information assurance, web security, computer forensics, critical infrastructure protection, and relevant cyber-related academic disciplines with concentrations in cyber security. Refer to the full announcement for more details.

6. Must have the ability to obtain a security clearance such as allowing to undergo certain tests, including drug and polygraph tests, revealing extensive background information, financial circumstances, etc. Refer to the full announcement for details.

7. Must have a minimum GPA of 3.2 out of a 4.0 scale for undergraduates and a 3.5 out of 4.0 for graduate students.

For more information, see the Department of Defense Cyber Scholarship Program announcement.

 

 

Scholarship Application Checklist

Application Checklist (for Students)

DO NOT INCLUDE SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBERS, COPIES OF PASSPORTS or DRIVERS LICENSE, BIRTH CERTIFICATES, or ANY OTHER TYPE OF PERSONALLY IDENTIFIABLE INFORMATION.

HANDWRITTEN APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED

An acceptable application package for the CySP consists of the following requirements:

  • The CySP Student Application completely filled out and (Attachment D)
  • Separate sheet highlighting recognitions, honors and awards. You may attach a separate sheet of plain 8 ½” x 11” paper on which you record your responses or the continuations of your On each such page, indicate your name.
  • Supplemental Academic Sufficiency Statement. You must complete the Statement of Academic Sufficiency supplement to the OF612, to which you must attach the following additional supplemental statements:
  • Resume
  • One (1) Letter of Reference from a current faculty member who is fully knowledgeable of your potential for successful learning, your knowledge, and your 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 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).
  • Official (certifiedTranscripts from all the institutions of higher learning you have Electronic transcripts may be accepted as long as they are certified by the institution. NOTE: University POCs processing applications for submission may open the transcripts.
  • Supplemental Competency Statement: Knowledge, Skills and Attributes: You must complete the OF612 Supplemental Competency Statement with narrative responses that describe the level of your attainment of the knowledge and ability factors indicated. See remainder of application package for instructions about the content of this supplemental statement.
  • Signature of the Supplemental Statement of General Academic and Employment Conditions. If you agree with the all of the academic and employment conditions required for your receipt of scholarship assistance and appointment under the CySP, and wish to be considered for it, you must sign the OF612 Supplemental Statement of General Academic and Employment Conditions, which is the last page of the Attachment D, StudentApplication
  1. Students must use current forms
  2. Form must be typed or electronically filled out. Unless prior arrangements have been made with the DoD CySP Program Office, hand-written applications (other than signatures/initials) will not be accepted.
  3. Applications missing any required documents will automatically be disqualified
  4. Students who are currently receiving funds from another scholarship program or who have a service obligation upon graduation are not eligible to apply for the DoD CySP.
  5. Anticipated Final Graduation Date is for the degree program you are applying for scholarship support. Any applications that indicate a graduation date of January through September of the current year will not be eligible.
  6. Transcripts: An official transcript is the institution’s certified statement of the student’s academic record.  The official paper transcript is printed on security sensitive paper and contains the intuitions seal as well as a signature of the institution’s registrar.  An official electronic transcript is a PDF secured by a digital signature, which is displayed at the top of the transcript; sometimes they will include a blue ribbon.
    • Paper application: Paper applications must include official transcripts. The institution’s CySP point of contact or someone acting on his/her behalf may open transcripts. Applications arriving without official transcripts will be deemed incomplete.
    • Soft copy application: Soft-copy (electronic) applications may contain a copy of the official transcript.
  7. Students should not attach copies/pictures of social security cards, driver’s license, passports, military identification, credit cards, degrees, certificates, and any other type of personally identifiable information. If any of these items are attached the application will not be accepted.
  8. Letters of Recommendation should be an original version, not a copy, on official company/institution letterhead, include the contact information to confirm the letter is valid (full name, mailing address, phone number, email address) and must be signed by the author.  Emailed letters will not be accepted.
  9. Resumes should be limited to 2 pages and include but not limited to the following:
    • Education: include degrees, institutions, location, date of graduation (or expected date of graduation); major/minor fields; GPA
    • Experience: jobs, internships, and/or volunteer work.  Include name of company, position, and dates employed.  List at least three important tasks, accomplishments, or skills gained at each job.  Also, identify any clearance level held.  It is important that you identify the number of hours per week you worked.
    • Skills: include computer systems; programs in which you are proficient.  Include foreign languages.  List any other skills, certifications, clearance levels you may hold.
  10. Paper applications must be printed single-sided on plain white 8 ½ x 11 paper.
  11. Paper applications may be held together by a paper clip, rubber band, or binder clip. Do not staple or place in a binder.
  12. Students are responsible for submitting a completed paper application to the CySP point of contact on campus.
  13. Students may provide a PDF copy application to the CySP point of contact on campus. 

Order of Documents:

  1. Official Transcripts
  2. Resume
  3. Separate List: Awards, Honors, and Distinctions (page 5 of the New Student Application)
  4. 2 Letters of Reference
  5. OF612 Supplemental Competency Statement (page 6 of the New Student Application)

Saving a PDF copy of the application:

Students should provide the IASP POC a PDF version of their application.  Should a student not do so, the responsibility falls to the IASP POC.  Student applications should be saved using the “reduced size PDF” when possible.  There should be one file per student application.  Do not save student applications as one continues PDF.  PDF files should use the following file name structure:

LAST  NAME_First Name_University

EXAMPLE:   DOE_John_Worldwide University.pdf  (CORRECT)

 

PDF File size should not exceed 2.5 MB

Scholarship Application Checklist

DO NOT INCLUDE SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBERS, COPIES OF PASSPORTS or DRIVERS LICENSE, BIRTH CERTIFICATES, or ANY OTHER TYPE OF PERSONALLY IDENTIFIABLE INFORMATION.

HANDWRITTEN APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED

An acceptable application package for the CySP consists of the following requirements:

  • The CySP Student Application completely filled out and (Attachment D)
  • Separate sheet highlighting recognitions, honors and awards. You may attach a separate sheet of plain 8 ½” x 11” paper on which you record your responses or the continuations of your On each such page, indicate your name.
  • Supplemental Academic Sufficiency Statement. You must complete the Statement of Academic Sufficiency supplement to the OF612, to which you must attach the following additional supplemental statements:
  • Resume
  • One (1) Letter of Reference from a current faculty member who is fully knowledgeable of your potential for successful learning, your knowledge, and your 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 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).
  • Official (certified) Transcripts from all the institutions of higher learning you have Electronic transcripts may be accepted as long as they are certified by the institution. NOTE: University POCs processing applications for submission may open the transcripts.
  • Supplemental Competency Statement: Knowledge, Skills and Attributes: You must complete the OF612 Supplemental Competency Statement with narrative responses that describe the level of your attainment of the knowledge and ability factors indicated. See remainder of application package for instructions about the content of this supplemental statement.
  • Signature of the Supplemental Statement of General Academic and Employment Conditions. If you agree with the all of the academic and employment conditions required for your receipt of scholarship assistance and appointment under the CySP, and wish to be considered for it, you must sign the OF612 Supplemental Statement of General Academic and Employment Conditions, which is the last page of the Attachment D, StudentApplication
  1. Students must use current forms
  2. Form must be typed or electronically filled out. Unless prior arrangements have been made with the DoD CySP Program Office, hand-written applications (other than signatures/initials) will not be accepted.
  3. Applications missing any required documents will automatically be disqualified
  4. Students who are currently receiving funds from another scholarship program or who have a service obligation upon graduation are not eligible to apply for the DoD CySP.
  5. Anticipated Final Graduation Date is for the degree program you are applying for scholarship support. Any applications that indicate a graduation date of January through September of the current year will not be eligible.
  6. Transcripts: An official transcript is the institution’s certified statement of the student’s academic record.  The official paper transcript is printed on security sensitive paper and contains the intuitions seal as well as a signature of the institution’s registrar.  An official electronic transcript is a PDF secured by a digital signature, which is displayed at the top of the transcript; sometimes they will include a blue ribbon.
    • Paper application: Paper applications must include official transcripts. The institution’s CySP point of contact or someone acting on his/her behalf may open transcripts. Applications arriving without official transcripts will be deemed incomplete.
    • Soft copy application: Soft-copy (electronic) applications may contain a copy of the official transcript.
  7. Students should not attach copies/pictures of social security cards, driver’s license, passports, military identification, credit cards, degrees, certificates, and any other type of personally identifiable information. If any of these items are attached the application will not be accepted.
  8. Letters of Recommendation should be an original version, not a copy, on official company/institution letterhead, include the contact information to confirm the letter is valid (full name, mailing address, phone number, email address) and must be signed by the author.  Emailed letters will not be accepted.
  9. Resumes should be limited to 2 pages and include but not limited to the following:
    • Education: include degrees, institutions, location, date of graduation (or expected date of graduation); major/minor fields; GPA
    • Experience: jobs, internships, and/or volunteer work.  Include name of company, position, and dates employed.  List at least three important tasks, accomplishments, or skills gained at each job.  Also, identify any clearance level held.  It is important that you identify the number of hours per week you worked.
    • Skills: include computer systems; programs in which you are proficient.  Include foreign languages.  List any other skills, certifications, clearance levels you may hold.
  10. Paper applications must be printed single-sided on plain white 8 ½ x 11 paper.
  11. Paper applications may be held together by a paper clip, rubber band, or binder clip. Do not staple or place in a binder.
  12. Students are responsible for submitting a completed paper application to the CySP point of contact on campus.
  13. Students may provide a PDF copy application to the CySP point of contact on campus. 

Order of Documents:

  1. Official Transcripts
  2. Resume
  3. Separate List: Awards, Honors, and Distinctions (page 5 of the New Student Application)
  4. 2 Letters of Reference
  5. OF612 Supplemental Competency Statement (page 6 of the New Student Application)

Saving a PDF copy of the application:

Students should provide the IASP POC a PDF version of their application.  Should a student not do so, the responsibility falls to the IASP POC.  Student applications should be saved using the “reduced size PDF” when possible.  There should be one file per student application.  Do not save student applications as one continues PDF.  PDF files should use the following file name structure:

LAST  NAME_First Name_University

EXAMPLE:   DOE_John_Worldwide University.pdf  (CORRECT)

 

PDF File size should not exceed 2.5 MB