Scholarship Recipients

In the academic year 2022–23, IUP was awarded a significant grant from the Department of Defense (DoD) Cyber Scholarship Program to provide full-ride scholarships to the following students:

  1. Maria Balega
  2. Ethan Buhl
  3. Zachary Cupp
  4. Vincent Emery
  5. Zaryn Good
  6. Malcolm Holden
  7. Alec Parfitt
  8. Benjamin Reno
  9. Meghan Schilpp
  10. James Searer
  11. Jordan Weir

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.

Please contact the program director, Waleed Farag, at with any questions.

Informational Session 

An online information session to explain the scholarship and answer all questions was held on December 2, 2021, at 3:00 p.m. 

Project Meetings and Documents

Waleed Farag, the project director, along with the co-principal investigator and all scholarship recipients are holding regular meetings throughout the academic year 2022–23. 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 2022–23 DoD Cyber Scholarship Program.

Meeting Agendas and Minutes