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DoD CySP Scholarship Program

Department of Defense Cybersecurity Scholarship Program

About the Program

The Department of Defense Cybersecurity Scholarship Program (DoD CySP) at CSUSB started in 2016. Reemerging from its origins as the Information Assurance Scholarship Program (IASP) with the help of local Congressman Pete Aguilar, the DoD CySP provides regionally and nationally accredited Centers of Academic Excellence (CAE) in Cybersecurity (CAE in Cyber Defense, CAE in Cyber Operations, and CAE in Research) the opportunity to develop this grant-funded scholarship program.

As a CAE in Cyber Defense, CSUSB selects the most qualified candidate applications to send to the Department of Defense (DoD) each year. After reviewing all of the applications it receives 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. 

Students selected to participate in the program receive the full cost of tuition, books (from the institution and 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 stipends are $27,000 for undergraduate students and $32,000 for graduate students. Students can apply for either the 1 or 2 year scholarship, with a post-graduate obligation for the same number of years toward federal service. Students are required to complete an internship with the Department of Defense during the summer. Internships do NOT count towards the post-graduation obligation requirements. 

Eligibility Requirements

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

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

  • Be a United States Citizen, 18+ Older
  • Be a full-time CSUSB student (outside employment is prohibited while receiving the DoD CySP Scholarship)
  • Be pursuing an academic program in Cybersecurity 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

The application cycle for 2022 is now closed.

If you have any questions, please contact the Cybersecurity Center at or (909) 537-7535.


The Department of Defense Cybersecurity Scholarship Program (DoD CySP) at California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB)  is supported by grant award number H98230-21-1-0304.


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