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Department of Defense Cybersecurity Scholarship Program

About the Program

The Department of Defense Cybersecurity Scholarship Program at CSUSB started in 2016. Reemerging from its origins in 2001 with the help of local Congressman Pete Aguilar, the program provides designated Centers of Academic Excellence (CAE) in Cybersecurity (CAE in Cyber Defense, CAE in Operations, and CAE in Research) the opportunity to submit proposals to develop a grant-funded scholarship program.

As a CAE in Cyber Defense, CSUSB can submit students for selection each year. Students selected to participate in the program receive the full cost of tuition as well as a stipend ($25,000 for undergraduates and $34,000 for graduates) to cover room and board. Students are also required to attend an internship with the Department of Defense during the summer. Internships do NOT count towards the obligation requirements. 

CSUSB selects the most qualified candidate applications to send to the Department of Defense (DoD). After reviewing all of the applications they receive nationwide, the DoD selects individuals to participate in the program. This program is one of the most competitive and prestigious in the Nation, with anywhere between 50-100 yearly participants. To date, two students have completed the program at CSUSB.

Eligibility Requirements

Before reviewing the application, you must determine whether or not you meet our eligibility requirements.

Students eligible for the Department of Defense Cybersecurity Scholarship Program must:

  • Be a United States Citizen, 18+ Older
  • A full-time CSUSB student (you are not allowed to have outside employment while receiving the DoD CySP Scholarship)
  • Be pursuing an academic program in Cybersecurity at CSUSB
  • Be enrolled in the final one-two years of a bachelor's, master's, at CSUSB
  • Have 3.2+ GPA for undergraduate students or a 3.5+ for graduate students
  • Be eligible for federal employment
  • Be able to obtain a security clearance

Application Requirements

You must thoroughly look through the application packet. The DoD requires a number of supplemental documents you must include with your application, including a page highlighting your honors and awards, your knowledge and abilities within the six competency areas, two letters of recommendation, assessment forms for your letters of reference, and an agreement to accept a federal appointment and intern assignment. Also, you MUST meet with Dr. Tony Coulson during the application process to assess your eligibility and go over the application packet. You can arrange an appointment with Dr. Coulson by contacting or 909-537-7535).

To apply for the Department of Defense Cybersecurity Scholarship Program at CSUSB, please fill out our application packet. Please read this packet thoroughly and provide all the requested materials with your application submission.

DoD CySP Application 2020-2021

The application cycle is currently open! Please submit your application by February 1, 2020.