Department of Defense Information Assurance Scholarship Program (IASP)

Application Information

We are pleased to announce that the Center for Information and Systems Assurance (CISA) at Kansas State University is accepting applications to the Department of Defense (DoD) Information Assurance Scholarship Program (IASP) for 2012.

The purpose of the DoD IASP program is to promote the education, recruitment, and retention of undergraduate and graduate students in information assurance (computer security) studies and of students seeking graduate certificates in information assurance disciplines. The DoD is seeking rising junior and senior (third and fourth year) undergraduate and master/doctoral students who are interested in full-ride scholarships for concentrated studies in information assurance. Students selected for the program will receive full scholarships. During breaks in their academic studies, Information Assurance Scholars will receive progressive, hands-on experience in information security internships. In return, scholars must agree to some restrictions and obligations regarding curriculum, GPA, and pre- and post-program employment. If all conditions are met, Information Assurance Scholars will receive full-time conditional/permanent positions in Components of the DoD upon program completion.


  • Citizen of the United States at the time of application.
  • Must have completed (or by August 2012 will have completed) at a minimum the first two years of an undergraduate degree program and be eligible to (a) begin either the third or fourth years of an undergraduate degree program; or (b) begin the first or second year of a master's degree program; or (c) pursue doctoral studies
  • Must be pursuing a course of study related to computer and network security, with a concentration in an information assurance function.
  • As an undergraduate student, the applicant has a 3.2 out of a 4.0 grade point average (GPA) or, as a graduate student, the applicant has a 3.5 GPA out of 4.0

Scholarship Benefit

  • Scholarships will pay for the full cost of tuition, select fees, required books, lab expenses, supplies and equipment.
  • Stipend of $14,000 (undergraduate student), or $19,000 (graduate student) per academic year.

Student Obligations and Employment Opportunities

Students selected to participate in the DoD IASP will be required to sign a written agreement obligating them to work for the DoD, as a civilian employee for one calendar year for each year, of scholarship assistance. Students will also be required to serve in internship positions, if timing permits, with the DoD organizations during the time they are receiving scholarship support until they complete the course of study provided for by the scholarship. These internships will be arranged by the DoD to occur during the summer or other breaks between school terms, as appropriate to the individual's circumstances and the institution's calendar. The internship does not count toward satisfying the period of obligated service incurred by accepting the Information Assurance scholarship.

Please read the FULL PROGRAM DESCRIPTION carefully. Pay close attention to the conditions of accepting the scholarship, and eligibility information. Then complete the STUDENT APPLICATION PACKAGE, and return it to 234 Nichols Hall, by Feb 17, 2012.

Interested students shall also contact Dr. Simon Ou and attend a Q&A session.