Capella University offers new security-based scholarshipOfficials from Capella University, which is an online school, recently announced that students are now eligible for the Department of Defense's 2011 Information Assurance Scholarship Program.

The school is able to offer this program after it was designated as a Center for Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education by the National Security Agency and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Officials said that nearly 12 percent of its students are service members.

The scholarship will help pay for tuition, books and expenses for one year. Meanwhile, eligible undergraduates will receive a $14,000 stipend and an information security internship at the Department of Defense. Officials added that scholarship recipients will be given a position with the federal government after they completed the program.

Eligible students must be pursuing a study related to computer and network security and must maintain a minimum 3.2 grade point average (GPA) throughout their undergraduate studies.

A 2009 Sloan Consortium report shows that nearly 4.6 million students were enrolled in at least one online course during the fall 2008 semester.

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