Five Embry-Riddle Students Receive Department of Defense Cybersecurity Scholarships | Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Cyber Intelligence and Security (CSP) Senior William Noujaim, one of five students at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Prescott Campus who recently won full funding from the Department of Defense (DoD), said he was in complete shock when he heard the news of his award.
“I am forever grateful to receive this scholarship,” Noujaim said. “My favorite aspect will be learning from those who do what I love for a living. Not everyone can say they have worked with Department of Defense cybersecurity experts.
The scholarship will provide full tuition and books, fees, a laptop, and a stipend to cover room, board, and other expenses – as well as advanced education opportunities through security clearance, internships and mentoring. Fellows are eligible for full-time employment as civilians with DoD agencies and agree to work at least one calendar year for each academic year of funding received.
The Prescott campus of Embry-Riddle, since being designated the National Security Agency/Department of Homeland Security National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense in 2019, has won 10 DoD Cybersecurity Scholarships: two in 2020, three in 2021 and now five in 2022.
“This year’s statistics and this year-over-year trend indicate that our cyber programs are providing the Department of Defense with what they are looking for in their future workforce,” said Dr. Krishna Sampigethaya, Associate Professor and Director of the Department of Cyber Intelligence . and Security (SIC).
Scholarship winner Elizabeth Chwialkowski, a cyberintelligence and security graduate, became interested in cybersecurity in high school and began participating in cyber competitions.
“I loved the idea that cyber is used in almost everything, so you can learn a little bit about everything,” Chwialkowski said. Two other first-time winners are sophomore Amalie Hansen and second-year masters student Tyler Schreffler, both of whom are studying cyber intelligence and security.
Garett Atkins, who first received a DoD CySP grant in 2021, was selected again this year. Working on her master’s degree in cyber intelligence and security, Atkins said her time in the fellowship program had passed quickly, adding that “the best part of the CySP fellowship is that it gives me the opportunity to explore different areas of interest” in the field.
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