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Department of Defense - Information Assurance Scholarship Program (DoD-IASP) Opportunity

The Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico (PUPR) is proud to offer an exceptional program that enables civilians to obtain a scholarship for a graduate degree with concentration in Information Assurance, receive a salary while in school, and begin a career with an unlimited future. Founded in early 2009, the Center of Information Assurance for Research and Education (CIARE) in the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering and Computer Science (ECECS) has recently been designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education jointly by the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Dr. Alfredo Cruz is the Director and Founder of CIARE.

The scholarship students will be in the program for up to two years. All accepted students will receive stipends plus support for tuition and fees, and room and board!!!.

  • Do you want to pursue a challenging profession in Information Assurance ?
  • Do you want to work for the Department of Defense and help defend our nation’s cyber space?
  • Do you want to have your education fully paid for?

Apply for the Master of Science of Computer Science Information Assurance Specialization (MS CS ITMIA) at the Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico, a recently designated National Center of Academic Center in Information Assurance Education (CAE/IAE). PUPR received the CNSS certification for the following national IA standards CNSS 4011, 4013e on June 4, 2009.

PUPR currently offers a Master of Science in Computer Science with a specialization in Information Assurance (MS CS ITMIA).

CIARE is in the process of applying to DoD for the prestigious DoD-IASP scholarship funds and is currently accepting applications from interested students. The scholarship recipients will be selected by the DoD while the scholarship applications will be handled by CIARE. The scholarship will be for pursuing a MS CS ITMIA degree program. The scholarship students will be in the program for up to two years. All accepted students will receive stipends plus support for tuition and fees, and room and board. Upon graduation, the students will be required to work for a DoD agency as a civilian employee for up to two years upon the graduation.

Scholarship Benefits

  • Each student in the program will be supported for up to two years. The specific benefits will be:
  • A graduate student will be paid a stipend of $19,000 per academic year.
  • The scholarship will pay for the full cost of tuition, required fees, books, and a stipend to cover room and board.
  • DoD will also provide sponsors who will maintain contact with the student during the scholarship period, and who will facilitate the student’s entry into internships and eventual DoD employment.

Requirements and Eligibility

The following criteria must be fulfilled to be eligible for the DoD-IASP support:

  • United States citizen at the time of application and at least 18 years of age
  • Currently enrolled in, or accepted to begin, the first or second year of the MS CS ITMIA Program by Fall, 2010.
  • A GPA of at least 3.2 out of 4.0
  • Federal employment criteria may require security clearances (Note, if family members are not U.S. Citizens, some agencies may be unable to process them through the required security clearances. DoD agencies make every effort to assign eligible students at an agency without such restrictions.)
  • Completion of summer internship/s facilitated by the National Security Agency (NSA) into a Department of Defense agency
  • Upon graduation, each student will be required to work for a DoD agency (ex. Defense Intelligence Agency, Defense Technical Information Center, National Security Agency) as a civilian employee. The work requirement time period matches the supported time period.

Veterans are especially encouraged to apply.

APPLICATION PROCESS

The Department of Defense (DoD) needs bright Americans to solve critical computer security problems. It created the Information Assurance Scholarship Program (IASP) to encourage American scholars interested in Information Assurance to consider working for the DoD.

IASP is a full ride scholarship. It pays for your tuition, student fees, text books, lab expenses, supplies and equipment.   Additionally, it pays an annual $19,000 stipend for graduate students.

Are You Eligible?

You are if you can answer "Yes" to the following questions.

Starting next fall, will you...

  • be American citizen?
  • be 18 years old or older?
  • be able to obtain a security clearance?
  • be working towards a degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering or Management with an emphasis in Computer Information Sistems (CIS?
  • willing to complete a concentration in Information Assurance of 9 credits (in addition to your degree), if accepted (if you are enrolled in the MS CS, MS CPE or MBA-CIS with a specialization other than the ITMIA)?
  • be willing to work a paid summer internship at a federal agency, while you're a student?
  • be willing to work for a federal agency for at least two years after you graduate?

Apply

Deadline is the 27th of February 2010.

Learn how to apply, step-by-step, click here

  • A resume is required. Your IASP application will not be considered if you do not have a resume. This resume must sell you to a DoD Human Resources person and a DoD hiring manager. Convince them that you are the best choice for the scholarship. The hiring manager decides whether or not you have information assurance skills that will help the agency. It is imperative that you sell yourself to this person. If you meet the scholarship's minimum requirements, this person decides if you get the scholarship or not. Include an objective statement that makes it very clear that you are applying to IASP. Only include leadership experience and information assurance experience. If you have no experience in information assurance, that's OK: include your technical experiences and skills that seem related.
  • SAT Scores (Use the College Board if applicable, since SAT is not required in PR)
  • You'll need your College Board scores to fill in part of the application later.  Your best bet is to call your high school. Odds are good that they still have your College Board scores on file.
  • If you're lucky enough so that you didn't need to take the GREs to get accepted to graduate school as is it the cases at PUPR, then don’t worry about this. In other words, you do not need the GRE score.

Use the Steps shown in as a Guide click here

Requirements

  • One (1) Original IASP Application (with original signatures)
  • One (1) Original Transcript – Get it soon!!
  • One (1) Competency Statement
  • Two (2) CD with every single paper document on this list burned to it
  • One (1) Cover letter containing the names of two references that you are using in the Original IASP Application (at least one reference must be a current faculty member)
  • One (1) Statement of purpose (maximum one-page long) in which you are required to give: (a) A summary of your vision of Information Assurance, (b) How this scholarship will help in fulfilling your academic goals, and (c) How you can contribute to solve the challenges faced by the nation in the area of Information Assurance.
  • One (1)   Resume
  • Two (2)   Letter of Reference

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