CyberPatriot Grant 2014‐2015 Information and Rules

The State Department of Education has approved a competitive grant  with CyberPatriot. Individual teams from Oklahoma public schools including charter schools, will be given the opportunity to apply for financial assistance to participate in the CyberPatriot Competetion. All grants will be allocated to the awarded teams in order to help support public school student participation in the CyberPatriot Program. The Oklahoma State Department of Education will provide grants $195 to $395 per school to cover entry/participation fees.

Each CyberPatriot team consists of two to five students and up to five alternatives. Each team will have a coach, usually a teacher. The coach does not require cybersecurity skills or knowledge, and only common computer ability. Teams may use mentors or technical advisors to help students prepare for the competition. Oklahoma’s AFA chapters and Rose State College will aid you in obtaining a mentor if needed.

Students compete in two parallel competitions: an All Services Division which includes JROTC/CAP/Sea Cadet student teams, and an Open Division which includes everyone else. The registration fee is waved for service teams so there is no need to apply for the CyberPatriot grant from OSDE. A practice round will be held in Fall 2014, and preliminary rounds (2) conducted online from the teams’ home locations. The final competition will take place in National Harbor, Maryland in March 2015. In Oklahoma’s first year of CyberPatriot competition, two teams advanced to the national finals with costs paid by the CyberPatriot organization. 

Once your team has registered with CyberPatriot, you will receive software and training materials for your team to prepare and compete, along with participant kits. Oklahoma also possesses one of the nation’s four Cyber Security Centers of Excellence at Rose State College, where additional help is available.

Eligible recipient

Oklahoma public middle and high schools including charter schools

Grant funds may be used for:

Awarded grants will be used for the CyberPatriot annual competition.

Allowable uses of funds include: 

CyberPatriot registration fees 

Funds available:

The number of grants awarded will depend upon the number of applications received. Applicants are eligible to apply for grants ranging from $195 to $395

Successful applications will address:

  • Increased student engagement in STEM education through participation in CyberPatriot.
  • Demonstrate commitment to the development of student teams, recruitment of a team coach, and participating in the CyberPatriot training programs (sponsored by Rose State College) and competition rounds. Those advancing to national competition rounds will have their expenses paid by the CyberPatriot program.
  • Participate in the Oklahoma CyberPatriot competitions. Information on competitions and registration can be found in the Timeline of Events of this application. 

Application Process: 

  • Complete a grant application form for each team
  • Submit completed application(s) and signed assurance form 
  • Grants will be evaluated by CyberPatriot partnership committee 
  • Grant awards will be announced by the committee (via email)

Links to follow for assistance in the CyberPatriot program: 

Due Date: 

  • Completed applications are DUE 5:00 pm Friday September 26, 2014.
  • Applications received AFTER September 26, 2014 will be considered on a case by case basis.
  • Completed applications including original signed assurances can be printed then scanned in and emailed or can be mailed to: 

Dean Jackson, VP For Education

Air Force Association Gerrity Chapter


Timeline of CyberPatriot Events: 

  • Practice Round, October 8-22, 2014
  • Qulaification Round, Oct 24-26, 2014
  • Backup, Oct 31 thru Nov 2, 2014
  • Qulaification Round 2, Nov 14-16, 2014
  • Backup, Nov 21-23, 2014
  • Elimination Round 1, Dec 5-7, 2014
  • Backup, Dec 12-14, 2014
  • Elimination Round 2, Jan 16-18, 2015
  • Backup, Jan 23-25, 2015
  • National Finals Competition, Mar 11-15, 2015, National Harbor, Maryland


For questions regarding the grant application, please contact:

Jeff Downs
Executive Director of STEM
Oklahoma State Department of Education
2500 North Lincoln Boulevard, Suite 315 Oklahoma City, OK 73105


For questions regarding CyberPatriot training programs at Rose State College, please contact:

Stan Greil, VP for Workforce Development

For questions regarding Air Force Association involvement in CyberPatriot, please contact:

Dean Jackson, VP For Education

Air Force Association Gerrity Chapter

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Last updated on July 30, 2014