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DoD Cyber Security Scholarship Program (CySP)

The Department of Defense Cybersecurity Scholarship Program (DoD CySP) is a nationwide program with the goal of increasing the number of qualified students entering the fields of cybersecurity, computer science, information assurance, and information technology at the Department of Defense through a scholarship for service program. These students will help secure the nation against threats of increasing attacks against our nation’s infrastructure and secure our country against threats.

Benefits

  • Stipend for undergraduates: $27,000 annually
  • Stipend for graduate students is $33,000 annually
  • All tuition and fees are paid by the scholarship.
  • $1,500 for the purchase of a laptop or desktop computer
  • $1,250 for books, supplies, and tablet/e-readers
  • $1,750 in professional development funding
  • Internships each summer with a selected DoD agency for hands-on experience
  • A full-time job within a Department of Defense agency
  • Both on-campus and online/distance students are eligible
  • The scholarship is renewable for a total of 5 years

Eligibility

  • Students must be accepted into an appropriate program at DSU
  • All students must be enrolled as a full-time student while receiving the scholarship
  • You must be 18 years of age or older
  • You must be a citizen of the United States at the time of application
  • Undergraduates must have completed at least 60 credits at the time in which they would receive the award
  • Must meet minimum GPA standards of: 3.2 (undergrad) or 3.5 (graduate).
  • Students should be enrolled in one of the following programs:
    • Bachelors: Network & Security Administration, Cyber Operations, Computer Science
    • Masters: Computer Science, Cyber Defense
    • Ph.D.: Computer Science, Cyber Operations, Cyber Defense

Overall, this scholarship is worth approximately $45,000 per year for a DSU student. When you leverage the scholarship for up to 5 years, it provides a benefit of over $200,000 to you as a student!

To learn more about the CySP program as a DSU student, attend an information session or check out the DSU Activities Post. Feel free to request more information at CySP@dsu.edu

Application

Students that meet the requirements for the scholarship may apply online by following these steps:

  1. Send an email to CySP@dsu.edu to let us know you intend to apply
  2. Create an account and begin the application process at: https://www.dodemergingtech.com/cyber-scholarship-program-cysp/
    1. Upload an unofficial transcript
    2. Respond to the six competency areas, this is where you’re demonstrating to the scholarship selection group just how smart you are! Be detailed in what you know!
    3. Work with your faculty to obtain your letters of recommendation
    4. Work with your advisor to create a plan of study from the Fall of 2024 through your final graduation date. Email this plan of study to CySP@dsu.edu. Remember, make sure to indicate what program you’re in and what program you’d like to finish with. For example, indicate you’re applying as a dual Bachelors/Master's student if you’d like to complete your master’s degree after finishing your bachelor’s degree.

The deadline for applications is February 1st, 2023. 

If you have any questions about eligibility, how to apply, or how the program operates, please reach out to CySP@dsu.edu ASAP!

Kyle Cronin

Kyle Cronin

Associate Professor

Department

The Beacom College of Computer and Cyber Sciences

Education

D.Sc., Capitol Technology University, Laurel, MD
M.S., Dakota State University
B.S., Dakota State University

Biography

Dr. Cronin teaches within the technology/security programs at DSU and manages DSU’s information assurance lab at DSU. In addition, he works with the campus’s ITS department helping to manage the DSU network.

Contact

Office Location: Beacom Institute of Technology
Phone: 605-256-5838
Email