DoD Cyber Scholarship applicants must be recommended
by their school for the scholarship.
The NCAE-C school reviews the application materials, and conducts such verification as may be necessary to establish the following standards of academic sufficiency. NCAE-C schools exclude from further evaluation (and provide an endorsement of “Not Recommended” for) any applicant unable to meet the following academic requirements:
- The DoD Cyber Scholarship applicant is pursuing a course of study and/or has a declared major in one of the scientific, technical or managerial disciplines related to computer and network security.
- As a community college or undergraduate student, the applicant has a 3.2 out of a 4.0 grade point average (GPA) or, as a graduate student, the applicant has a 3.5 GPA out of 4.0, or an analogous rank based on a comparable scale.
The DoD Cyber Scholarship applicant’s demonstrated potential for academic success and fulfillment of degree requirements is substantial. NCAE-C schools shall review the factors enumerated below and shall exclude from further evaluation and not recommend any candidate unable to achieve a minimum score of 2 points on a 5-point scale. Scale values range from:
- Insufficient Potential (One),
- Sufficient Potential (Two),
- Average Potential (Three),
- High Potential (Four), and
- Superior Potential (Five)
Factors to be considered in arriving at the rating for “demonstrated potential” are:
- The DoD Cyber Scholarship applicant’s original transcript(s) from all institutions of higher education attended
- The DoD Cyber Scholarship applicant’s current Grade Point Average (GPA)
- Academic honors, distinctions and awards
- Letters of reference