Criteria for Selection

Undergraduate Students

  • United States citizen -- Not a dual national
  • Advanced sophomore standing with the ability to graduate within two years
  • Qualified for Junior Rising in College of Business or approval
  • Official acceptance into the undergraduate ISU program
  • Declared major in informatics
  • A 3.3 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale will be given preference
  • Evaluation of the candidate's statement of purpose and description of goals in Information Assurance
  • Candidates will be asked to participate in an interview
  • Recommendation letters from at least two faculty members

Graduate Students

  • United States citizen -- Not a dual national
  • Official acceptance by the ISU graduate school
  • Expected graduation with MBA degree with emphasis in Information Assurance within two years
  • At least a 3.5 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale
  • Recommendation letters from at least two faculty members
  • Candidates for a graduate degree must write a statement of purpose about their goals in Information Assurance and graduate school
  • Candidates will be asked to participate in an interview

We consider the following criteria for both undergraduate and graduate candidates:

  • Commitment to excel in and contribute to in research associated with the National Information Assurance Training and Education Center (NIATEC).
  • Commitment to excel in and contribute to Information Assurance internal internships.
  • Commitment to participate in a paid summer internship and service following degree completion according to the guidelines of the SFS program.
  • Commitment to participate in assessment activities after their scholarship and required federal service has ended.
  • Demonstrated leadership, participation in team activities, prior social service, and/or evidence of creative and independent thinking and/or acting.
  • Students must be able to meet all requirements for federal employment in appropriate agencies including background check for security clearance.

All students will be expected to maintain at least a 3.5 average in all classes in Information Assurance.

NIATEC National Science Foundation Information Assurance Directorate Department of Homeland Security CISSE Scholarship For Service