Department of Defense – Cybersecurity Scholarship Program (CySP)

Davenport University, in cooperation with the Department of Defense, offers the CySP (Cybersecurity Scholarship Program) scholarship.

Davenport University is recognized as a National Center for Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense (CAE-CD) by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security.

Scholarship Benefits

Each student in the program will be supported for up to two years. The specific benefits will be:

  • A graduate student will be paid a room and board stipend of $30,000 per academic year. An undergraduate receives $25,000.
  • The scholarship will pay for the full cost of tuition, required fees, books, and a stipend to cover room and board.
  • DoD will also provide sponsors who will maintain contact with the student during the scholarship period, and who will facilitate the student's entry into internships and eventual DoD employment.

Information Sessions

Information sessions will be held at the following Davenport University locations:

* For the Collaborate Session, you may need to login to Blackboard prior to accessing the session.  The online Collaborate session will be recorded.

Submit Student Application to:  
Lonnie Decker, Department Chair
Networking & Information Assurance
3555 E Patrick Rd
Midland, MI  48642

Application Deadline

Deadline Past for 2019

To be eligible for the CySP Scholarship you must:

1.   Be 18 years of age or older

2.   Be a U.S. citizen (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.)

3.  Be enrolled (or accepted for enrollment) in one of the identified CAE colleges or universities listed in this announcement, or enrolled (or accepted for enrollment) at an institution selected by a CAE as a collaborative partner for these purposes.

4.  Be a full-time student and have completed (or by August 2019 will have completed) at a minimum the first two years of an undergraduate degree program and be eligible to (a) begin either the third or fourth year of an undergraduate degree program; (b) begin the first or second year of a Master's degree program; or (c) pursue doctoral studies

5.   Be pursuing a course of study and/or have a declared major in one of the scientific, technical, or managerial disciplines related to cybersecurity or with a concentration in cybersecurity. (See Attachment C for full list.)

6.   Sign a written agreement obligating you to work for the Department of Defense, as a civilian employee (or military employee) for one calendar year for each year for which scholarship assistance is received

7.   Serve in internship positions, if timing permits, with DoD organizations during the time you are receiving scholarship support

8.   Be recommended by the CAE for the scholarship program

9.   Agree to a security/background investigation (to prepare for internships and for future employment with the DoD)  

  • Drug tests or other suitability processing will occur as appropriate.
  • Visit the following sites for more information 

10.    Maintain good academic standing: 3.2 out of 4.0 GPA (undergraduates); 3.5 out of a 4.0 GPA (graduates)

**  Failure to maintain these minimum grade point averages constitutes grounds for immediate termination of financial assistance and your appointment under the IASP. Additionally, if you fail to complete the degree program satisfactorily or to fulfill the service commitment upon graduation, you shall be required to reimburse the United States, in whole or in part, the cost of the financial (scholarship) assistance provided.

11.    Complete the full student application process including

  • Full Application
  • Separate sheet highlighting recognitions, awards and honors
  • Supplemental Academic Sufficiency Statement
1.    Resume
2.    Two letters of recommendation
3.    Official Transcripts
4.    Supplemental Competency Statement: Knowledge, Skills and Attributes
5.    Signature of the Supplemental Statement of General Academic and Employment Condition

For more details see Attachment C - Department of Defense (DoD) Information Assurance Scholarship Program (CySP) Application Background and Requirements

All grants are subject to availability of funds.