CyberPatriot Grant 2013‐2014 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 up to $385 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 2013, and preliminary rounds (2) conducted online from the teams’ home locations. The final competition will take place in National Harbor, Maryland in March 2014. 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 in the following amount: up to $385

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 application(s), signed assurance form and photo consent form 
  • Grants will be evaluated by the OSDE and CyberPatriot partnership committee 
  • Grant awards will be announced by the committee 

Links to follow for assistance in the CyberPatriot program: 

Due Date: 

  • Completed applications are DUE 5:00 pm Thursday, October 10, 2013.
  • Applications received AFTER October 10, 2013 will not be considered. Completed applications including original signed assurances and consent for release forms signed by each member of the team can be printed then scanned in and emailed or can be mailed or faxed to: 

Jeff Downs
, Executive Director of STEM

Oklahoma State Department of Education
Fax# 405-521-4855


Timeline of CyberPatriot Events: 

  • Coach Registration Deadline, Oct 10, 2013
    (Team Size, 2-5 Members + Coach)
  • Practice Round, Oct 10-24, 2013
  • Round 1, Nov 15-17, 2013
  • Backup, Nov 22-24, 2013
  • Round 2, Dec 6-8, 2013
  • Backup, Dec 13-15, 2013
  • Semifinals Practice Round, Jan 9-15, 2014
  • Semifinals, Jan 17-19, 2014
  • Backup, Jan 24-26, 2014
  • State Recognition Round, Feb 21-23, 2014
  • Backup, Feb 28-Mar 2, 2014
  • CyberNEXS Practice Round, Feb 24-Mar 6, 2014
  • Regional Recognition Round, Mar 7-9, 2014
  • Backup, Mar 14-16, 2014
  • National Finals Competition, Mar 26-30, 2014, 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:

Ken Dewey

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

Jim Putnam, AFA Geritty Chapter


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Last updated on September 24, 2013