Press Release: Two students earn cyber scholarships from Department of Defense

Teaneck, N.J. (October 9, 2019) – Two students in Fairleigh Dickinson University’s BS in Computer Science degree program have been awarded a scholarship grant from the Department of Defense (DoD) through the Cyber Scholarship Program (CySP) to fund one-year studies specializing in cybersecurity. The scholarship recipients are Juniors Alicia White and Aliaksandra Khrypkova who are majoring in computer science at Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Metropolitan Campus within the Gildart Haase School of Computer Sciences and Engineering. Apart from monetary benefits, the students will learn state-of-the art cyber defense techniques through summer internships at designated DoD facilities and have agreed to work for one year with the DoD in the cybersecurity field after graduation.

The NSA awarded the grant to Fairleigh Dickinson University in the amount of $328,503.00 to cover the full tuition, stipend, book and laptop award for the Cyber Scholars and Capacity Building in the areas of Secure Embedded Systems and Applications of Machine Learning in mitigating DDoS attacks. The Department of Defense awards only a limited number of such scholarships each year nationwide.

The purpose of the DoD Cyber Scholarship Program is to increase the number of qualified students joining the fields of information assurance, information technology and cybersecurity. This effort is carried out to meet the DoD’s increasing requirements on cybersecurity for defending the nation and upholding the security of its information infrastructure.

“We are very happy and proud for this great opportunity extended for the first time to our students studying cybersecurity” said Dr. Kalyan Mondal, director of the Center for Cybersecurity and Information Assurance and the principal investigator of the DoD CySP scholarship grant program at FDU.

To be eligible for this scholarship, applicants must be in the second, third or fourth year of an undergraduate degree program in cybersecurity or the first or second year of a graduate degree program in cybersecurity-related fields. The applicant must also be an enrolled student at a National Center of Academic Excellence (CAE) designated institution.

About Fairleigh Dickinson University:

Devoted to the preparation of world citizens through global education, Fairleigh Dickinson is New Jersey’s largest private university and features more than 100 liberal arts and professional degree programs, two international campuses, dozens of partnerships with internationally renowned institutions and special programs and status within the United Nations. For more information, please visit FDU.

go to what’s new