DSU Student Receives Department of Defense IA Scholarship
Lee Wong, a senior computer and network security student at Dakota State University, has received a Department of Defense Information Assurance Scholarship for the 2010-2011 academic year. Scholarships are awarded through all Department of Defense agencies; Wong's scholarship specifically was awarded through the Space and Naval Warfare Center (SPAWAR) in Washington, D.C. The scholarship was awarded through a Department of Defense grant submitted in 2010 by DSU professor Dr. Josh Pauli.
The scholarship will pay for the full cost of tuition, required fees and books, plus a stipend to cover room and board for the 2010-2011 school years. Scholarship recipients are expected to complete one year of civilian employment after graduation for each year of the scholarship. Prior to beginning his year of civilian employment, Wong will also be completing an internship with SPAWAR in the summer of 2011. He will be able to apply to have the scholarship extended if he chooses to go on to graduate school.
The process for federally funded Information Assurance scholarships is extremely competitive, and Wong is the first DSU student ever to receive such an award. Wong started the application process in December 2009 by submitting his resume, transcript and recommendation letters, and a completing a formal Department of Defense scholarship application. This application included a competency statement requiring him to address his knowledge of the techniques and human factors in information security, his ability to identify and analyze problems, and his ability to express written ideas clearly and concisely.
To be eligible for the Department of Defense Information Assurance Scholarship Program (IASP), students must be enrolled in a security-related degree program at a National Center of Excellence in Information Assurance, be a US citizen, have at least a 3.2 GPA, and complete the application process.