Page:United States Statutes at Large Volume 114 Part 3.djvu/276

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114 STAT. 1654A-234 PUBLIC LAW 106-398 —APPENDIX "(1) Scholarships for pursuit of programs of education in information assurance at institutions of higher education. "(2) Grants to institutions of higher education. § 2200a. Scholarship program "(a) AUTHORITY.— The Secretary of Defense may, subject to subsection (g), provide financial assistance in accordance with this section to a person— "(1) who is pursuing an associate, baccalaureate, or advanced degree, or a certification, in an information assurance discipline referred to in section 2200(a) of this title at an institution of higher education; and "(2) who enters into an agreement with the Secretary as described in subsection (b). "(b) SERVICE AGREEMENT FOR SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS.— (1) To receive financial assistance under this section— "(A) a member of the armed forces shall enter into an agreement to serve on active duty in the member's armed force for the period of obligated service determined under paragraph (2); "(B) an employee of the Department of Defense shall enter into an agreement to continue in the employment of the department for the period of obligated service determined under paragraph (2); and "(C) a person not referred to in subparagraph (A) or (B) shall enter into an agreement— "(i) to enlist or accept a commission in one of the armed forces and to serve on active duty in that armed force for the period of obligated service determined under paragraph (2); or "(ii) to accept and continue employment in the Department of Defense for the period of obligated service determined under paragraph (2). "(2) For the purposes of this subsection, the period of obligated service for a recipient of financial assistance under this section shall be the period determined by the Secretary of Defense as being appropriate to obtain adequate service in exchange for the financial assistance and otherwise to achieve the goals set forth in section 2200(a) of this title. In no event may the period of service required of a recipient be less than the period equal to three-fourths of the total period of pursuit of a degree for which the Secretary agrees to provide the recipient with financial assistance under this section. The period of obligated service is in addition to any other period for which the recipient is obligated to serve on active duty or in the civil service, as the case may be. "(3) An agreement entered into under this section by a person pursuing an academic degree shall include terms that provide the following: "(A) That the period of obligated service begins on a date after the award of the degree that is determined under the regulations prescribed under section 2200d of this title. "(B) That the person will maintain satisfactory academic progress, as determined in accordance with those regulations, and that failure to maintain such progress constitutes grounds for termination of the financial assistance for the person under this section.