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For Immediate Release: December 19, 2016
Contacts: Office of the Governor: Brian Coy, (804) 225-4260, Brian.Coy@governor.virginia.gov
RICHMOND – Governor Terry McAuliffe today announced the recipients of the Commonwealth’s first Cybersecurity Public Service Scholarship. Established during the 2016 General Assembly Session, the program provides up to $20,000 in tuition assistance to full-time students pursuing cybersecurity degrees in return for one year of public service per scholarship.
“At a time when Virginia is home to 36,000 open jobs in the cybersecurity sector, we must do everything we can to encourage students to enter this growing industry,” said Governor Terry McAuliffe. “I congratulate this group of students for pursuing cutting-edge careers in cybersecurity and their commitment to serving our great Commonwealth. Through their dedication, we are ensuring that Virginia will have the talent necessary to fight cyber-crime, as well as strengthen and diversify the new Virginia economy.”
The inaugural group of 25 recipients consists of 10 graduate students and 15 undergraduates from seven different universities including public research institutions, a public land-grant institution, a Historically Black University and private institutions.
“This diverse group of scholarship recipients is great news for the Commonwealth’s future as a national hub for cybersecurity,” said Secretary of Education Dietra Trent. “Now more than ever, we need students from all backgrounds pursuing careers in the cyber sector and forming the first line of defense against the threats of the 21st century.”
“I am very encouraged to see this group of talented cyber professionals committing to service in the Commonwealth,” said Secretary of Technology Karen Jackson. “The cyber needs in the Commonwealth are growing exponentially and participants in the Virginia Scholarship for Service Program will offer us a long-term answer to our internal needs for cyber professionals.”
The inaugural Virginia Cyber Scholarship for Service recipients:
College or University
George Mason University
Declined to be named
George Washington University
James Madison University
Norfolk State University
The program is administered by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV). For more information, please visit: http://www.schev.edu/index/tuition-aid/financialaid/state-student-aid/cybersecurity-public-service-scholarships.
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