CySP 2022-23 Workshop
| In person: LOV 353, Friday 1/21/2022, 2:30pm
Virtual: Zoom via https://fsu.zoom.us/j/8506440050
Fall 2022 application deadline:
The Department of Defense is seeking rising junior and senior (third and fourth year) undergraduate
and graduate/doctoral students who are interested in full-ride scholarships for concentrated studies
in cybersecurity. Students selected for the program will receive full scholarships. This requires the
student to agree to serve one year of service to the DoD, upon graduation, for each year of
scholarship received, in addition to the internship identified below.
An opportunity also exists for scholarship payback through military service.
Full details for this program are available at:
DoD Cyber Scholarship Program (DoD CySP).
- 18 years of age or older and a citizen of the United States at the time of application.
- Enrolled (or accepted for enrollment) in one of the identified NCAE-C
NCAE-C colleges or universities,
or enrolled (or accepted for enrollment) at an institution selected by a NCAE-C as a
- You must have completed (by Aug 2022) the first year of an
associate's degree; or
the first two years of an undergraduate degree program;
or a bachelor's degree, or a master's
DoD Cyber Scholarship (CySP) requirements
- Students must attend classes full-time.
- Students selected as DoD CySP 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 institutionally provided health care), a one-time laptop/computer purchase,
travel support to attend a cyber-related conference, and a stipend to cover room and board.
- The stipend levels are $27,000 for undergraduate students and $32,000 for graduate (Master's/PhD)
- Disabled students may receive additional allowances.
- There are no allowances for dependents.
- Scholarships require the student to agree to serve one year of service to the DoD, upon graduation,
for each year or partial year of scholarship received, in addition to the internship identified below.
- 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
(details for this option are available at:
DoD CySP Program. ).
- During breaks in their academic studies, DoD CySP Scholars will receive progressive, hands-on experience
through internships with their selecting DoD Agency.
- In return, scholars must agree to some restrictions and obligations regarding curriculum, GPA, and pre-
and post- program employment.
- If all conditions are met, DoD CySP Scholars will receive full-time conditional/permanent positions in
Components of the DoD upon program completion.
Flyer for the DoD Cybersecurity Scholarship Program (CySP)
- Students selected in the Cyber Scholarship Program (CySP) will receive the
full cost of tuition, books, required fees (including institutionally provided health care),
and a stipend to cover room and board.
The stipend levels are $27,000 for undergraduate students and $32,000 for graduate (Master's/PhD)
- Additional years of scholarship
awards are dependent upon satisfactory academic progress, internship performance, if applicable, and
the availability of funds.
- Returning students will be given first priority over new students to the
program as long as they continue to meet the CySP requirements and appropriate funding is available.
- Scholarship recipients who successfully complete the terms of an
initial one or two year scholarship (for example, complete an undergraduate degree), may apply for a
second scholarship of up to three years for completing an advanced degree,
if the sponsoring agency agrees.
When funding allows, students may be provided funding to attend one cybersecurity related
conference - USA-based only. No foreign travel authorized.
For more information, please review
CySP Application Background and Requirements document.
Note: This scholarship is only available to U.S. citizens!
How & When to Apply
Applications for the Fall 2023 academic year will be considered in February
The application deadline for 2023 will be in February , 2023.
Each new applicant should apply through the
New Online Application tool . Your application and all materials must be submitted by 2/1/2023.
(Details of the process are explained in the
CySP Application Background and Requirements document).
You will need:
- An Official transcripts of all your college work.
- Statement of purpose and description of goals in the field of computer and cyber security.
- Recommendation letters from at least two faculty members or employment managers familiar
with your background.
- Official acceptance into Florida State University.
- Deadline for applying February 01, 2022.
For more information, or to submit your application please contact:
Assessment of Applications
Applications will be evaluated in the following three stages:
- Verification – Upon submission of an application, the Department of Computer Science will review it for completeness and to
ensure that the applicant meets the minimum requirements for the program. The applicant will then be
marked as “Insufficient Potential”, “Sufficient Potential”,
“Average Potential”, “High Potential”, or “Superior Potential” based upon his or her transcript,
GPA, Academic honors, distinctions or awards and letters of reference.
- Classification –
Upon completion of the application period, a panel of Information Security professors will objectively rate
the applicants as “No Knowledge or Ability”, “Basic Knowledge or Ability”,
“Intermediate Knowledge or Ability”, “Advanced Knowledge or Ability”,
“Superior Knowledge or Ability” based on the selection criteria.
- Ranking – The FSU Principal Investigator will rank the final list of applicants
as one of: “Not Recommended”, “Recommended”,
“Highly Recommended”, or “Most Highly Recommended”.
The final applicant list, including the applicants respective classification and ranking, will then be sent to The Department of Defense for final judgement.
Criteria for Selection
The criteria used to classify and rank applicants are:
- Cumulative and Major Undergraduate GPA
- Cumulative and Major Graduate GPA
- Academic record (course content)
- Standardized test scores
- Evaluation of the student’s statement of purpose.
- One (1) Letter of Reference from a current faculty member
- One (1) Letter of Reference from a current or former faculty
member or a current or former supervisor
- Demonstrated leadership, participation in team activities, prior social service, and/or evidence of creative and independent thinking and/or acting
- Knowledge of the techniques of the information technology and/or information security (assurance) discipline, including encryption, access control, physical security, training, threat analysis, and authentication
- Knowledge of the human factors in the information technology and/or information security (assurance), including human computer interaction, design, training, sabotage, human error prevention and identification, personal use policies, and monitoring
- Ability to identify and analyze problems, distinguish between relevant and irrelevant information to make logical decisions, and provide solutions to individual and organizational problems
- Ability to consider and respond appropriately to the needs, feelings, and capabilities of different people in different situations; is tactful, compassionate and sensitive, and treats others with respect
- Ability to make clear and convincing oral presentations to individuals or groups; listens effectively and clarifies information as needed, facilitates an open exchange of ideas and fosters an atmosphere of open communication
- Ability to express facts and ideas in writing in a clear, convincing and organized manner appropriate to the audience and occasion