Naval Postgraduate School CISR ‘Scholarship for Service’ Program

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Amount
Awarded

$75,000

Awarded

Application Deadline

January 6

Monday
Awarded By:

Naval Postgraduate School

Number of Awards & Eligibility: 10 awards offered annually.
In order to qualify, students must meet the following criteria:
  1. This award is for U.S. students.
  2. Must be a U.S. citizen.
  3. Must have a grade point average of 3.0 or higher.
  4. Must have a bachelor's degree in computer science or a closely related field (mathematics, engineering, or physics) and plan to pursue a master's degree in computer science with an emphasis in information assurance.
  5. Must plan to attend the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA.
  6. Must have a bachelor's degree prior to enrollment in the program.

In order to qualify, students must meet the following criteria:

Description: This scholarship is available for students who have a grade point average of 3.0 or higher and are pursuing a master's degree in computer science with an emphasis in information assurance at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA.

Application requirements for the Naval Postgraduate School CISR ‘Scholarship for Service’ Program are:

  • Application form
  • Official Transcript
  • Recommendation letters (2)
  • Essay
  • Agreement form (SFS)
  • GRE scores
  • Resume
Additional Information: The selection committee is most interested in applications with aptitude, but may have little or no computer science background, and the desire to work for the Federal Government in an Information Assurance related position. Aptitude will be based on the entire package submitted by the applicant. Qualified applicants must also meet the following requirements: not be employed by the U.S. armed forces at time of application, meet criteria for federal employment, and be able to obtain a security clearance. After completion of the SFS program, students must seek full-time, paid civilian positions with the federal government where they will work for a minimum of two full years. If the student does not fulfill the service agreement, he/she must repay a prorated amount equivalent to the length of the period not served. For example, if the student received funds for two years and serves for one-and-a-half years, he/she must repay 25 percent of the funds received.

Award Amount: The scholarship program consists of the following: free tuition at NPS for the two-year master's degree program (worth approximately $75,000); a salary of approximately $32,000 per year while enrolled in the program; and placement in a summer internship program.  The total dollars awarded for this scholarship is $75,000.

Deadline Information:

Deadline for this scholarship is Monday, January 6

Deadline Information:

Deadline for this scholarship is Monday, January 6

Applications are available online on the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) Center for Information Systems Security Studies and Research (CISR) website. There are two different applications depending on what degree the applicant has. The application must be typed or handwritten in blue or black ink. In addition to the completed application, the student must submit the following: official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended; official GRE scores; two written faculty recommendations from current or former professors and/or advisers (each recommendation must include the approximate dates of course attendance and/or advisement); a resume; and a typed essay of 1,000 words or less addressing the topic listed on the application. Students must also submit a Scholarship for Service (SFS) agreement form at the same time as they submit an application. This form is available online on the NPS CISR website. The application and all supporting materials must be submitted to the address provided by the deadline date.
Contact: Valerie Linhoff
Address: Naval Postgraduate School Glasgow Hall East, Bldg. 305, 1411 Cunningham Road Monterey, California 93943

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