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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.

Benefits

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

  • You must be a minimum of 18 years of age.
  • You must be a citizen of the United States at the time of application submission. 
  • You must be a full-time student in a cybersecurity or computer science degree program. 
  • You must have completed 60 or more credit hours of undergraduate coursework by the start of the fall semester in which the scholarship will be awarded.
  • You must have 3.25 cumulative GPA.
  •  You must have a desire to earn a bachelor's and master's degree from DSU.
  • You must complete a summer internship with a government agency.
  • After graduation, you will work for an agency one year for every year you participated in the DSU CyberCorps. Preferred placement is in Federal Executive Branch Government Agencies. 
    • For example: If you participated in the DSU CyberCorps for three years, you will work for a government agency for three years.  

Contact

Michael Ham

Michael Ham

Assistant Professor of Computer and Cyber Sciences

Department

The Beacom College of Computer and Cyber Sciences

Education

D.Sc., Dakota State University
M.S., Dakota State University
B.S., Dakota State University

Biography

Dr. Ham is an Assistant Professor in the Beacom College of Computer and Cyber Sciences. His primary teaching focuses are in the security-focused undergraduate degree programs as well as the D.Sc. Cyber Security program. Within the security degrees, Dr. Ham teaches cyber operations, enterprise routing & switching, low-level programming, offensive security, and malware topics. Outside of of the classroom, you will find Dr. Ham in security events around campus such as CCDC, DakotaCon, and the GenCyber summer camps.

Contact

Office Location: Beacom Institute of Technology
Phone: 605-256-5661
Email

Andrew Kramer

Andrew Kramer

Instructor of Computer and Cyber Sciences

Department

The Beacom College of Computer and Cyber Sciences

Education

M.S., Dakota State University
B.S., Dakota State University
A.A., College of Redwoods

Contact

Office Location: East Hall
Phone: 605-256-5036
Email