Department of Defense Cyber Scholarship Program

The University of Maine at Augusta Cybersecurity program seeks students for the Department of Defense (DoD) Cyber Scholarship Program (CySP). This program is only eligible to universities designated as a National Centers of Academic Excellence (CAE) in Cyber Education: Cyber Defense (CAE-CD). UMA’s Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity is the only 4-year program in Maine to be recognized.

Recruitment Scholarships:

  • For students who are not DoD or Federal employees, and who are enrolled
    at designated CAEs.
  • Pursuing an associates, undergraduate and graduate degree in cyber disciplines.

Scholarship Provides:

  • Full cost of tuition, books, and required fees.
  • Full cost for health care & stipend to cover room & board (recruitment only).
  • Potential travel for degree specific degree events.
  • Receive support from CAE.

Students selected typically receive two years of financial support to complete degree. Students must reapply for each year of funding; funding returning students is first priority of program. Students will typically complete a funded internship with the Component in the summer between academic years.

  • Service Obligation: Upon graduation, scholarship recipients commence their payback period with Component. Recruitment payback is one year for every year or partial year of scholarship.
  • Application process: Students must be U.S. citizens, and must qualify for security clearance. Students must apply through the CAE they attend, students must be endorsed and nominated by the CAE they attend.
  • Student Selection: DoD Agencies participate in a review panel and select students based on the mission needs and goals of their agency. Students are selected for the scholarship when a DoD Agency agrees to hire upon graduation.
  • Highlights for recruitment: Student nominated by CAE. Student selected by DoD Agency. Student receives scholarship & job in the selection letter. Student will be hired by DoD Agency after graduation.


  • Be a junior or senior, or a sophomore starting junior year Fall20, pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity degree OR a minor in cybersecurity.
  • Must have at least a 2.0 GPA

To apply, please email to request a DoD CySP New Student Application Checklist. Materials must be returned to the Cyber Department no later than January 27, 2020 by 10:00 am EST to be considered. There will be a mandatory meeting scheduled on January 30, 2020 at 4:00 pm (EST). Students will know if their application will be endorsed and submitted.