DoD Information Assurance Scholarship Program (IASP) Application Due Day 5/15/2017

DoD is offering Information Assurance Scholarship Program (IASP) for students entering 3rd or 4th years of undergraduate education, students in their first and second year of a master degree program, and students pursuing doctor degree in cyber security, information assurance, and information technology areas. The purpose of the program is to increase the number of qualified students entering the fields of information assurance, information technology, and cybersecurity to meet the DoD’s increasing dependence on cybersecurity for war fighting and the security of its information infrastructure. The submission of the IASP application will go through the qualified Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurnce and Cyber Defense (CAE) recognized by NSA and DHS, which UCCS is one of them.

Who qualify:

  1. Students entering 3rd or 4th years of undergraduate education, students in their first and second year of a master degree program, and students pursuing doctor degree in cyber security, information assurance, and information technology areas.
  2. Students needs to pass security clearance/invesigation to receive this scholarship.

What are covered and benefits:

  1. While CAEs are required to provide the DoD an assessment of each applicant, the actual selection of student scholars will be made by DoD evaluators. Students selected as Information Assurance Scholars will receive the full cost of tuition, books (from the institution/ degree specific required book list, not books which are optional for the class), required fees (including health care), and a stipend to cover room and board. The stipend levels are $22,500 for undergraduate students and $30,000 for graduate (Master’s/PhD) students. Awards will be made via a grant to the CAE.
  2. Internship opportunities with DoD and related Agencies during the scholarship.
  3. Employment opportunity/obligation with DoD.

What is the obligation of the students:

  1. Undergraduate recipients need to maintain 3.2/4.0 GPA; graduate recipients need to maintain 3.5/4.0 GPA; otherwise Failure to maintain satisfactory academic progress will constitute grounds for termination of financial assistance and termination of internship and/or employment appointment. Additionally, students who fail to complete the degree program satisfactorily or to fulfill the service commitment upon graduation shall be required to reimburse the United States, in whole or in part, the cost of the financial (scholarship) assistance provided to them.
  2. Sign a written agreement obligating them to work for the DoD, as a civilian employee for one calendar year for each year of scholarship assistance;
  3. An opportunity also exists for scholarship payback through military service. Individuals choosing to enlist or accept a commission to serve on active duty in one of the Military Services shall incur a service obligation of a minimum of 4 years on active duty in that Service upon graduation.

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Last Updated: 24 April 2017