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Frequently Asked Questions about the Cyber Catch Scholarship

  • How many scholarships have been given so far?

    The Cyber Catch Scholarship for Service can award up to five scholarships each academic year. Five students received the award in 2013 and five were given in 2014. In 2015, five more are expected to be awarded by May.

    I have a question about applying for the scholarship. Whom should I contact?

    You may contact Dr. Oblitey (oblitey@iup.edu) or Dr. Gossett (jgossett@iup.edu) for help with the application.

    What is my chance of receiving a scholarship?

    We cannot predict an individual’s chance of being awarded a scholarship. If you meet the requirements and have a passion for information assurance, you are encouraged to apply.

    When is the application deadline for next year?

    The application deadline is April 1. If there is a delay with recommendation letters, please let us know. Awards will be given by the end of May.

    Can I apply if I am not an IUP student?

    Yes, applications for the scholarship will be reviewed, though awards cannot be given until a student has applied and been accepted into the Information Assurance major or minor at IUP.

    What will I have to do with the scholarship while at IUP?

    Scholarship students are expected to make excellent grades since funds are being provided for students to focus on their studies and gain practical experience through service activities, internships, and attendance at relevant campus workshops and events. Students will meet the faculty mentors and other scholarship students during the semesters. Internships are expected for students awarded a two-year scholarship. All students attend a job fair created by SFS in January. The fair is typically in the D.C. area. The faculty members will provide more detailed information once the awards are made.

    How many years can I receive the scholarship?

    The most a student can receive is two years of scholarship funding. Junior status students with one year left to complete their degree will be awarded a one-year scholarship.

    How will the scholarship student get their funding?

    IUP has the grant money and will process the funds to the relevant parties. The Co-Op will develop an account for students to purchase textbooks and relevant scholarly items as needed during the fall and spring semesters. IUP Financial Aid will distribute the $10,000 stipend to each scholarship student by check or direct deposit. Tuition and other fees will be paid by the grant for each student. The grant does not specifically cover summer or winter session classes.

    What are professional development funds, and how are they used?

    Professional development funds provide students with monies to travel to the SFS job fair and other conferences such as CISSE and the Women in Cyber Security. Students are required to pay for their expenses and submit travel receipts for reimbursements. These funds assist students in networking and gaining valuable experience to build their resume to find a governmental position after graduation. Other ways the funds have been used are by paying for appropriate and relevant certifications, technical books and software, specialized classes not associated with their degree, and other miscellaneous items. Use of these funds must be approved by the faculty mentors in order to meet IUP and federal guidelines on its use.

    Can I purchase any laptop I want?

    Each student is provided one laptop or tablet that is chosen with the assistance of the faculty mentors and IT staff. The laptop is purchased through IUP and paid by scholarship grant funds. Students will not need to purchase a laptop for reimbursement. The laptop will be ordered through IUP.

    What do I need to do for the application interview?

    The application interview allows the faculty mentors to discuss the scholarship program requirements and answer any questions. The mentors will ask questions about interest in information assurance, any relevant experience in this field, and what future career choices each student is considering. Questions will also address academic classes and internship opportunities. The interview should last about 30 minutes. Students will be contacted by the faculty mentors to schedule an interview. If a student is not on campus or cannot come to campus, other provisions will be made to interview by use of the internet (e.g., Skype) or phone.