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Defense Dollars Available: The Information Assurance Scholarship Program (IASP)

The National Defense Authorization Act (Public Law 106-398) directed the DoD to establish an Information Assurance Scholarship Program (IASP).
The Purposes of the program are to recruit and retain well-qualified personnel for work in the vital information assurance field and to cultivate continuing capacity for information assurance workforce development at select institutions of higher learning (called “Centers of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education (CAE/IAE)”) throughout the United States. As directed by the Secretary of Defense, the Assistant Secretary of Defense Networks and Information Integration (OASD(NII)) has delegated authority and responsibility to establish scholarship and institutional grant programs to achieve these purposes, including the authority to conduct civilian employee recruitment for these purposes. This program, which is executed by the National Information Assurance Education and Training Program (NIETP) of the National Security Agency (NSA).

Rising junior and senior undergraduates, masters and doctoral candidates, and graduate certificate programs students who are U.S. citizens and are at least 18 years of age are eligible for consideration for the program. Information assurance scholarships will pay for the full cost of tuition, fees, books, lab expenses, supplies, and equipment incurred by students selected for the program. In addition, students selected for the program will be provided a stipend of 10,000, and graduate (masters and PHD) students will receive a stipend of $15,000, per academic year. Disabled students may receive additional allowances. There are no allowances for dependents. Additional years of scholarship awards are dependent upon satisfactory academic progress, internship performance, and the availability of funds. Returning students will be given first priority over new students to the program as long as they continue to meet the IASP requirements and appropriate funding is available. Scholarship recipients who successfully complete the terms of an initial one or two year scholarship (for example, complete an undergraduate degree), may apply for a second scholarship of up to two years for completing an advanced degree or graduate certificate program.

If you have any questions please contact Cindy Brown at PSU CS Department: 503-725-8251 or cbrown@cs.pdx.edu

Please download the following (Microsoft Word .doc format) files for application information and IASP description.
IASP Information
Student Application