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Department of Defense - Information Assurance Scholarship Program 

Note:  The Department of Defense has announced that the IASP scholarships have been suspended for 2014-15 due to lack of funding.  The Davenport University meetings on campus and online have been cancelled.  This announcement affects 2014-15 only, no determination on funding for future years has been made.

Davenport University, in cooperation with the Department of Defense, offers the IASP (Information Assurance Scholarship Program) scholarship.

Davenport University is recognized as a National Center for Academic Excellence in Information Assurance 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 $22,000 per academic year. An undergraduate receives $17,000.
  • 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 (Updated):

W.A Lettinga               January 22, 2014;  5:00 – 5:50 p.m.  (Cancelled)
Online                          January 23, 2014;  6:30 – 7:30 p.m.  (Cancelled)

* For Collaborate Sessions, you may need to login to Blackboard prior to accessing the session.    Online sessions will be recorded for later viewing.

Submit Student Application to:  

Lonnie Decker, Department Chair
Networking & Information Assurance
3555 E Patrick Rd
Midland, MI  48642

 Methods for submitting the application materials will be discussed at the information sessions.      

Application Deadline:                  

Febuary 3, 2014 - 5:00 p.m. (Initial Application – Attachment D)

February 14, 2014 - 5:00 p.m.  (All related documentation submitted)

Candidate Interviews will be scheduled for February 17, 2014.

To be eligible for the IASP 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 a full-time student entering your third or fourth year of undergraduate education; a student in your first or second year of a master’s degree program; pursuing a doctoral degree; or enrolled in graduate certificate program

4.    Be pursuing a course of study and/or have a declared major with an IA concentration in one of the scientific, technical or managerial disciplines related to computer and network security

5.    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

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

7.    Be recommended by the CAE for the scholarship program

8.    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 

9.    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.

10.    Complete the full student application process including:                   


A.    Full Application

B.    Separate sheet highlighting recognitions, awards and honors

C.    Supplemental Academic Sufficiency Statement

D    Resume

E.    Two letters of recommendation

F.    Official Transcripts

G.    Supplemental Competency Statement: Knowledge, Skills and Attributes

H.    Signature of the Supplemental Statement of General Academic and Employment Condition





Department of Defense (DoD) Information Assurance Scholarship Program (IASP) Application Background and Requirements
NEW Student Application 2014-2015 (Attachment D)

 For another resource, visit the NSA website here.