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InfoSec Institute Announces 2018 Cybersecurity Scholarship Recipients

September 24, 2018 by Megan Sawle

Expands Program to Over $130,000 in Training Opportunities for Aspiring Cybersecurity Pros

InfoSec Institute today announced winners and finalists of its 2018 Cybersecurity Scholarship Program, a new initiative designed to grow awareness of the widening cybersecurity skills and diversity gap. After receiving an overwhelming amount of qualified applicants, the company grew the program from $50,000 to $130,000 in available awards.

“After reviewing candidate applications and reading their stories, we couldn’t possibly select just four recipients,” said Jack Koziol, InfoSec Institute Founder and CEO. “There are thousands of unfilled cybersecurity positions, and this year’s scholarship recipients are exactly the type of new talent we need to fill the growing skills gap. We’re confident our InfoSec Institute boot camps will give them the skills they need to jump-start their cybersecurity careers.”

This year’s scholarship winners and finalists are:

Women in Cybersecurity Scholarship

  • Winner: Nikita Dia
  • Finalist: Sarah Oswald
  • Finalist: Jacquelienne Johnson

Diversity in Cybersecurity Scholarship

  • Winner: Chanel Hicks
  • Finalist: Derrick Som
  • Finalist: Michael Odesola

Military Cybersecurity Scholarship

  • Winner: Nicholas Barrett
  • Finalist: Matthew Shuter
  • Finalist: Kevin Wolf

Undergraduate Cybersecurity Scholarship

  • Winner: Jion Yi
  • Finalist: Neishanyelik Vázquez
  • Finalist: Tanner Wilson

Scholarship recipients receive free enrollment into each of the following award-winning training boot camps to jump start their cybersecurity careers. Winners in each category also receive free certification exam vouchers:

About InfoSec Institute

InfoSec Institute fortifies organizations of all sizes against security threats with its award-winning security education solutions. Recognizing cybersecurity is everyone’s job, the company provides skills training and certification prep courses for security professionals while building workforce security aptitude through awareness training and phishing simulations. InfoSec Institute is a Training Industry “Top 20 IT Training Company,” a Gold Winner in Info Security Products Guide’s Global Excellence Awards for Security Training & Education and a Gartner Peer Insights Customers’ Choice for Security Awareness Computer-Based Training.

Posted: September 24, 2018
Megan Sawle
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Megan Sawle is a communications and research professional with 10 years of experience in cybersecurity, bioscience and higher education. Megan leads Infosec’s research strategy, leveraging study findings to mature its cybersecurity education offerings and build awareness of cybersecurity diversity and skill shortage challenges. Since joining the team, she’s directed research projects on a wide variety of cybersecurity topics ranging from dark web marketplaces and phishing kits to the Workforce Framework for Cybersecurity (NICE Framework) and the importance of soft skills in cybersecurity roles. Megan is a University of Wisconsin-Stout graduate, an avid equestrian and (very) amateur mycologist.