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CyberCorps Scholarship Program

The CyberCorps scholarship program awards high-achieving, driven students in security degree programs following their sophomore year at DSU. The program is funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation with around 10 new students awarded per year.

Recipients in this program can, by application, also become part of the 4+1 program, which allows you to graduate with your bachelor’s and master’s degree in just five years. If you are interested in the Cyber Operations, Network and Security Administration, or Computer Science degree programs at the undergraduate level, you may be eligible for this exclusive scholarship. Graduate students enrolled in either the Master of Science in Computer Science (MSCS) or the Master of Science in Cyber Defense (MSCD) degree programs are also eligible.

Our CyberCorps graduates go on to secure pretty impressive careers at the National Security Agency (NSA), The Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab (APL), Naval Information Warfare Systems Command (NAVWAR), Sandia National Laboratory, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, State of South Dakota Bureau of Information and Telecommunications (BIT), and various universities.

Once awarded, recipients receive (annually):

  • 100% tuition and fees covered
  • $25,000 (undergraduate) to $34,000 (graduate) stipend
  • $6,000 for professional development and books
  • Paid summer internship
  • Guaranteed security job following graduation in federal, state, local or tribal government.

You may also renew this scholarship for up to three years.

Eligibility and requirements

  • United States Citizen
  • Full-time on campus student at the time of application
  • Maintain a 3.25 cumulative GPA
  • Desire to earn bachelor’s and master’s degrees at DSU
  • Complete a summer internship at a government agency
  • After graduation, work for an agency one year for every year in the DSU CyberCorps
    • Ex: Years in the DSU CyberCorps = three, work for government agency three years
    • Preferred placement in executive government agencies