2020-21 Cyber Scholarship Program

  • In the academic year 2020–21, IUP was awarded a significant grant from the Department of Defense (DoD) Cyber Scholarship Program to provide full-ride scholarship to the following nine students:

    1. Rodney Cesar
    2. Dylan Dewalt
    3. Kaishia Ieraci
    4. Brooklyn Kotula
    5. Cassandra Lefever
    6. Jacob Neulight
    7. Edward Pykoch
    8. Timothy Troy
    9. Nicholas Villano

    For information about the IUP DoD Scholarship Program and all of its current and previous activities, please see the project main page

    To fill the need of capable cybersecurity professionals, the DoD sought rising junior and senior (third- and fourth-year) undergraduate and graduate/doctoral students who were interested in full-ride scholarships for concentrated studies in cybersecurity.

    Students selected for the program received full scholarships. This required the student to agree to serve one year of service to the DoD, upon graduation for each year of scholarship received.

    Informational Session

    An informational session for all interested students was held in Stright Hall on January 27, 2020. During this session, students were given complete information on application instructions and scholarship requirements. Please visit the 2021–22 CySP page for details regarding the upcoming Informational Session.

    2020–21 Capacity Building Project

    In conjunction with the DoD CySP, IUP has also received funds for an additional capacity building project designed to find more ways to recruit students to enter the cybersecurity workforce. This goal will be achieved through a unique blend of faculty development, hands-on workshops, and the continued cultivation of relationships with local community colleges. Please visit the DoD CySP Capacity Building Project page for more information.

    Project Meetings and Documents

    Waleed Farag, the project director, along with the Co-PIs and all student scholarship recipients are holding regular meetings throughout the academic year 2020–21. In these meetings, we discuss progress, address, and resolve any concerns or challenges that any of the awardees may face, and ensure success in completing their degrees and compliance with the terms and conditions for the DoD scholarship award. 

    Listed below are meeting documents for the 2020–21 DoD Cyber Scholarship Program.

    Meeting Agendas

    Meeting Minutes

    Please contact the program director, Waleed Farag, at farag@iup.edu with any questions.