The Department of Defense's (DoD) Cyber Security Scholarship Program (CySP) is open to Augusta University students enrolled in the 3rd or 4th year of undergraduate education, and current or prospective students in AU's Masters program. The purpose of the program is to increase the number of qualified students entering the fields of information assurance, information technology, and cybersecurity to meet the DoD's increasing dependence on cybersecurity for war fighting and the security of its information infrastructure.
Since 2017, Augusta University has received over $1.5 million in scholarship funding from the Department of Defense. Eighteen students have received this prestigious scholarship, including six multi-year recipients.
Georgia Congressman Rick Allen was one of several members of Congress in support of what is now known as the Department of Defense Cybersecurity Scholarship Act of 2017, citing a desire to support students pursuing their passion.
"I have always said we must encourage students to find their passions early on and allow those interests to be carried on throughout their educational careers – the cyber industry is yet another example...Augusta University is leading educational innovation in my district to prepare the next generation of cyber warriors. Investing in future generations makes it possible to field the cyber threats of today, tomorrow and years to come.
- Rick Allen (R-GA)
2022 DoD CySP applications are due February 1, 2022. Interested applicants need to email Markus Bacha to confirm their intent to apply.
Student applications will now be done online. Please carefully review the links below before submitting scholarship applications. The School of Computer and Cyber Sciences will be reviewing all applications and providing a school recommendation before applications are submitted to Department of Defense organizations.
The Science, Mathematics and Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship-for-Service Program is available for students pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines to receive a full scholarship and guaranteed civilian employment with the Department of Defense upon graduation.
All majors within the School of Computer and Cyber Sciences meet the degree requirements for this scholarship.
Other Eligibility Requirements:
The SMART Scholarship-for-Service Program is different from the DoD Cyber Scholarship in that students must directly apply to the SMART Scholarship Program via the SMART web site. The application window is open between August 1 and December 1 of each year.
The Department of Military Science at Augusta University accepts applications for students to apply for two or three year scholarships throughout the year. Applications are due in February and interested applicants do not have to be enrolled in Military Science courses in order to apply. In addition to the National Scholarships, the department chair awards multiple four, three, and two-year scholarships annually to competitive, eligible students, no matter your classification.