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DoD Cyber Security Scholarship Program

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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. Seventeen students have received this prestigious scholarship, including five 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)


  • You must be 18 years of age or older.
  • You must be a citizen of the United States at the time of application. 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.
  • You must 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.
  • You must have completed (or by August 2021 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 in cybersecurity; or (b) begin the first or second year of a Master's degree program in Information Security Management or Computer Science. You must 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.
  • Students must have successfully completed either CYBR 2600, AIST 6510, CSCI 3400 or a transfer equivalent of one of those courses with a 'C' or better.
  • Students must be registered and maintain a full-time course-load.


  • All tuition and fees are paid by the scholarship
  • Book and computer allowance provided
  • Internship requirements provide hands on experience
  • Stipend for undergraduates: $25,000
  • Stipend for graduate students $30,000
  • Disabled students may receive additional allowances. There are no allowances for dependents.


Please submit a complete paper application (linked below) to Markus Bacha in University Hall, Room 127. Walk-in appointments will be available to submit your application on January 15th and January 19th from 8:30 am until 1:00 pm and 2:15 until 4:00 pm. Email Mr. Bacha to set up an appointment if you want to submit your application prior to January 15th. 

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Colonel Kathleen Swacina Scholarship

This scholarship has been established to honor COL Kathleen Swacina, USA (Ret.), and her accomplishments throughout her career and her affiliation with AFCEA. This scholarship will recognize one outstanding female college student who has shown potential to to excel in collegiate studies in the areas of STEM.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Applicants must be a member of the U.S. Armed Forces or enrolled in an ROTC program
  • Enrollment as a full-time college student at an accredited institution in the state of Georgia.
  • Maintain a 2.8 overall GPA
  • Pursuing a STEM-related area of study to support the mission of AFCEA.

Applications are due March 31, 2021.

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STEM Major Scholarships for Undergraduate Students

There are four scholarships available to awardees of this scholarship, ranging from $2,500-5,000. Applicants must be at least second-year college students, attending an accredited university full-time. The graduation date of scholarship applicants may not be the same year that the scholarship is awarded.

Other Eligibility Requirements:

  • Overall GPA must be 3.0 or higher
  • U.S. citizenship is required
  • Students must be enrolled as sophomores or juniors

Students are NOT eligible to apply if:

  • Attending a community college and planning to attend a four-year university
  • Attending a two-year college
  • You are a freshman or senior at a four-year university
  • You are a high school senior

Applications are due May 31, 2021.

STEM Major Scholarships Information

SMART Scholarship for Service

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:

  • Applicants must be 18 years of age or older as of August 1, 2021
  • A student in good standing with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • Able to participate in summer internships at a DoD facility
  • Willing to accept post-graduate employment with the DoD

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.

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KnowBe4 Scholarship for Black Americans in Cybersecurity

KnowBe4 has partnered with the Center for Cyber Safety and Education to support black students in pursuit of cybersecurity higher education. The recipient of this scholarship will receive a $10,000 scholarship to go towards tuition, books, fees and electronics, as well as an (ISC)2 certification education package.

School of Computer and Cyber Sciences student Kaleb Worku, received the inaugural KnowBe4 Scholarship for Black Americans in Cybersecurity last year.

Eligibility requirements:

  • Applicants must be black in regard to race
  • Applicants must be currently pursuing or planning to pursue a degree in cybersecurity or information assurance.
  • Applicants must have a GPA of at least 3.2 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Applicants must be a U.S. citizen
  • Applicants may be taking full or part time coursework.

materials needed to apply:

  • Unofficial transcripts from current higher education institution
  • One letter of recommendation from an academic reference (preferred)
  • Resume/CV - no more than three pages
  • Six essay questions

Applicants will be scored based on passion, merit and financial need.

Applications are due April 19, 2021 and students will be notified by June 30, 2021 via email if they have received a scholarship.


KnowBe4 Women in Cybersecurity Scholarship Program

KnowBe4, a national provider of security awareness training, has partnered with the Center for Cyber Safety and Education to award a scholarship to an outstanding woman in STEM. The recipient of this scholarship will receive $10,000 to be applied to tuition, fees, books and required electronics for the scholarship recipient.

Scholarships are a one-time award and students must re-apply to be considered for additional scholarship. Applications are due by February 22, 2021.

eligibility requirements:

  • Applicants must be high school seniors, undergraduate students or graduate students. PhD students are ineligible.
  • Applicants must be female students pursuing or planning to pursue a degree with a focus in cybersecurity, information assurance or a similar field.
  • Applicants GPA must be at least 3.3 on a 4.0 scale
  • Applicants may be full-time or part-time students
  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens or a permanent resident of the United States.

Here's what you'll need to apply for the KnowBe4 Cybersecurity Scholarship:

  1. Unofficial transcripts from your current (or most current) educational institution
  2. One letter of recommendation
  3. Resume/CV: No more than three pages maximum. Do not include publication links.
  4. Essay questions to be filled out in application.

Women in Cybersecurity Scholarship Information

Army Military Science Scholarship Program

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.

Scholarship recipients receive the following:

  • Full tuition and fees OR $10,000 for room and board
  • Army ROTC scholarships also provide a monthly living allowance of $420/month for each school year

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