Cyber Private Public Partnership Scholarship

Members of the Reserves or National Guard interested in studying cybersecurity at Virginia Tech either in person or through an online program can receive funding to pursue degrees in computer science and electrical and computer engineering through the United States Reserve Forces and National Guard Cyber Soldier Development – Cyber Private Public Partnership (Cyber P3) scholarship program. Sponsored by the National Security Agency Centers of Academic Excellence (NSA-CAE), the Cyber P3 program provides one year scholarships to support studies in the following programs. Reservists and Guardsmen interested in applying for scholarship funding to study in any of the programs listed below should contact Dr. Kira Gantt at kgantt@vt.edu.

Degree Options:

  • Bachelors of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering or Computer Science (Blacksburg)
  • Accelerated Bachelors of Science & Masters in Electrical and Computer Engineering or Computer Science (Blacksburg)
  • Master of Information Technology (online)
  • Masters of Engineering (MENG) in Electrical and Computer Engineering or Computer Science (Blacksburg)
  • Masters of Science (MS) in Electrical and Computer Engineering or Computer Science (Blacksburg)
  • Ph.D in Electrical and Computer Engineering or Computer Science (Blacksburg)

Eligibility and requirements

To be eligible to participate in this program, applicants must meet the following criteria:

i. Reservists and Guardsmen, who are in good standing, and part of the Selected Reserve (SELRES) which include: Troop Program Unit (TPUs); Individual Mobilization Augmentee (IMA); and Active Guard Reserve (AGRs). Reservists in the Individual Ready Reserve (IRR) or the Retired Reserve (RR) will be excluded from this program. 

ii. Undergraduate scholars must maintain 3.0 out of 4.0 grade point average or the equivalent; graduate scholars must maintain a 3.2 out of 4.0 grade point average or the equivalent. Additionally, scholars who fail to  complete the degree or certificate program satisfactorily or to fulfill the service commitment upon graduation shall be required to reimburse the United States, in whole or in part, the cost of the financial (scholarship)  assistance provided to them. 

Benefits:

  • Tuition support and payment of university fees for 1 year, with option to extend based on funding
  • A laptop computer
  • Support and guidance on university policies and academic program
  • Stipend for textbooks
  • Travel and support for one cybersecurity conference