Department of Defense Cyber Scholarship Program
The Department of Defense Cyber Scholarship Program (DoD CySP) provides qualified undergraduate ESU Computer Security students the opportunity to compete for a scholarship with a substantial financial award. The program is available to all students that have completed their second year in the program (will be a Junior or Senior next academic year). The scholarship covers full tuition, fees, and books, in addition to a $25,000.00 stipend for living expenses. Recipients of the scholarship must agree to serve/work one year for the DoD for each year of scholarship received (i.e., a full-time job with a DoD entity!). Opportunities for summer internship placements with DoD Agencies also exist for scholarship awardees.
- You must be 18 years of age or older.
- You must be a citizen of the United States at the time of application. Note, if family members are not U.S. Citizens, some DoD Agencies may be unable to process the applicant (student) to the security clearance level required. Every effort will be made to assign eligible students at an Agency without such restrictions.
- You must be enrolled (or accepted for enrollment) in one of the identified CAE colleges or universities listed in this announcement (ESU is a designed CAE).
- You must have
- completed (or by August 2021 will have completed) at a minimum:
- the first year of an associate’s degree; or
- first two years of an undergraduate degree program; or
- a bachelor’s degree; or
- a master’s degree
- And be eligible to:
- begin a second year of an associate’s degree (with continuation to a 4-year degree program); or
- 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; or
- pursue doctoral studies
- completed (or by August 2021 will have completed) at a minimum:
- You 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. ESU's B.S. in Computer Security meets this requirement.
- Ability to obtain a security clearance. See the web page information below, which
provides more information about fulfilling the necessary security requirements. Failure
to be able to obtain a security clearance is grounds for dismissal from the DoD CySP.
You must be able to obtain the required security clearance for the position selected.
You may be required to undergo certain tests, including drug and polygraph tests,
to obtain and maintain a clearance. Before you may be awarded a scholarship or hired
by DoD, you will be required to complete certain forms to initiate the security clearance
process. Some of these forms will require that you reveal extensive information about
your background, such as potentially sensitive information about your financial circumstances
and any arrests and/or convictions for offenses of any kind. You must agree to all
of these conditions of employment and you must complete these forms as a condition
of financial assistance and appointment.
- Current web pages from the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) are provided below. These are provided for your review and consideration in determining whether you will be eligible for a security clearance. They may not be all inclusive, however, it is highly recommended that you review and understand the requirements prior to signing up to participate in the DoD CySP.
The CAE shall review the application materials, and conduct such verification as may be necessary to establish the following standards of academic sufficiency. CAEs shall exclude from further evaluation (and provide an endorsement of "Not Recommended") for any applicant unable to meet the following academic requirements: The applicant is pursuing a course of study and/or has a declared major in one of the scientific, technical or managerial disciplines related to computer and network security. The applicant has a 3.2 out of a 4.0 grade point average (GPA). The applicant’s demonstrated potential for academic success and fulfillment of degree requirements is substantial. CAEs shall review the factors enumerated below, and shall exclude from further evaluation and not recommend any candidate that is identified as not having sufficient potential, based upon the following criteria:
- The applicant’s original transcript(s) from all institutions of higher education attended
- The applicant’s current Grade Point Average (GPA)
- Academic honors, distinctions and awards
- Letters of reference
All applications must be received by the Director of ESU's Computer Security program (Dr. Chowdhury) no later than noon on Tuesday, February 2. The application must be complete on February 2, except for letters of reference, which must be submitted by Friday, February 5. Late applications will not be considered. No incomplete applications will be considered.
Because of pandemic restrictions, applicants may either:
- Deliver a hardcopy of application materials to the Computer Science office by the due dates above, or
- Email scanned application materials by the due dates and mail the hardcopy. If the hardcopy does not arrive by February 9, the application cannot be considered.
Please see DoD CySP Attachment C for application requirements. A summary of those requirements follows:
Students not currently in the CySP: An acceptable application package for the CySP consists of the following requirements:
- The CySP Student Application completely filled out and signed. DoD CySP Attachment D: New Student Application
- Separate sheet highlighting recognitions, honors and awards. Attach a separate sheet of plain 8 ½” x 11” paper on which you record your responses or the continuations of your responses. 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 a template has been provided in the application. Applicants are required to use the template.
- One (1) Letter of Reference from a current faculty member who is fully knowledgeable of your potential for successful learning, your knowledge, and your ability. 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 ability. 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 attended. 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 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, Student Application.
Current CySP students who are reapplying: An acceptable application package for the Cyber Scholarship Program consists of the following:
- The CySP Student Application completely filled out and signed. By signing the Student Application, you are stating that you have re-read section G and H. DoD CySP Attachment D: Returning Student Application.
- One (1) Letter of Reference from the current Principal Investigator or key faculty member who is fully knowledgeable of your potential for successful learning, your knowledge, and your ability, based upon this past year of effort.
- Official (certified) Transcripts from all the institutions of higher learning you have attended SINCE your last submission. You are required to maintain the appropriate grade point average to maintain your status in the program. NOTE: University POCs processing applications for submission may open the transcripts.
- Updated resume to include your summer internship activities. A template has been provided in the application. Applicants are required to use the template.
Returning students do not need to provide:
- a list of their honors and awards
- Supplemental Competency Statement
- Minimum eligibility requirements and general information about the DoD CySP are provided in DoD CySP Attachment C
- Application documents:
- Department address:
Dr. Minhaz Chowdhury
Computer Science Department
East Stroudsburg University
East Stroudsburg, PA 18301
- If you have any questions about the scholarship, the application process, or required application materials, please contact Dr. Chowdhury.