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The Beacom College of Computer and Cyber Sciences

The Beacom College of Computer and Cyber Sciences prepares students for careers in the most demanding and high paying technology fields.

Dakota State is designated as a Center of Academic Excellence by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security – these designations are in Cyber Defense Education, Cyber Defense Research, and Cyber Operations.

Here you’ll find scholarships specifically for students of this college – you can donate to these scholarships, or, create your own annual scholarship that is directed toward students in The Beacom College of Computer and Cyber Sciences.

This annual scholarship was established by Stephen Krebsbach, Associate Professor of Computer Science, on January 27, 2015. The scholarship is to be awarded to a student majoring in computer science at Dakota State with a 3.0 GPA or higher.

The Dakota State University Cyber Corps scholarship program was established in 2011, with a grant awarded to DSU professor Dr. Josh Pauli from the National Science Foundation Scholarship for Service program and the Department of Defense Information Assurance Scholarship program.  Scholarship for Service is a unique program designed to increase and strengthen the cadre of federal information assurance professionals that protect the government’s critical information infrastructure. This program provides scholarship that fully funds the typical costs that students pay for books, tuition, and room and board while attending an approved institution of higher learning.  This annual scholarship was established by current recipients and alumni of the DSU Cyber Corps program. The scholarship from the Cyber Corps Alumni funds will be awarded to students studying cyber security at DSU.

Dr. Steve Graham (1958-2020) was a professor at Dakota State University from 2004-2020. He initially joined the faculty in computer science; over his tenure at DSU - with the help of his friend and colleague Jeff Howard - Steve established and grew the school's game design department. A devoted professor, he was widely acknowledged by students and colleagues alike as an educator who truly cared.

Steve was equally devoted to his family, including his wife Tammy and daughters Abbie, Erin, and Brenna. The Graham girls chose to establish this scholarship following Steve's passing from cancer, to continue his legacy of dedication to DSU's game design students. They hope all who receive this scholarship enjoy game design as much as Steve did, and pursue their studies with a similar spirit of adventure, enthusiasm, and generosity. 

Established in 1996 by the Federated Insurance Company, Owatonna, MN, this scholarship is awarded to juniors and seniors majoring in computer science, computer information systems, or management information systems.

This annual scholarship was established in 2011 by Tom Halverson, Associate Professor in the Beacom College of Computer and Cyber Sciences at Dakota State University. The scholarship supports students majoring in the Beacom College of Computer and Cyber Sciences.

The Independent Community Bankers of South Dakota Association established this annual scholarship in 2004. The scholarship is awarded to a graduate student who is a South Dakota resident majoring in information assurance.

Northwestern Energy established this scholarship in 2012 as part of their celebration, which commemorated 100 years of service. In recognition of their retirees’ and employees’ unwavering commitment to providing customer safe, reliable electricity, and natural gas service, they award this renewable scholarship to a junior or senior graduating from Montana, South Dakota, or Nebraska. The student is chosen from the Beacom College of Computer and Cyber Sciences. Female and minority students are encouraged to apply.

Established in 2005 by the South Dakota Bankers Foundation, this scholarship is awarded to an incoming graduate student who is pursuing a degree in information assurance, in banking and finance.