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Feds giving university $4M for cybersecurity scholarships

September 19, 2019
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Grand Rapids-based Davenport University serves about 7,500 students on campuses across the state and online, with more than 60 undergraduate and graduate programs. Courtesy Davenport University

A university in the area has received a $4 million federal grant for scholarships to train the next generation of cybersecurity professionals.

Davenport University is getting the five-year grant from the National Science Foundation’s CyberCorps Scholarship for Service program.

Led by Lonnie Decker and Mark McKinnon of Davenport University and Andrew Rozema of Grand Rapids Community College, the program will provide 28 students with scholarships that cover their full tuition for a year, education-related fees and living costs. In return, graduates are guaranteed a full-time cybersecurity role at a government entity.

The scholarship covers the costs of a student’s junior or senior year at Davenport University.

Sophomores in GRCC’s cybersecurity program may also receive the scholarship, but then they must transfer to Davenport to complete the program.

“With a large number of open positions and growing security attacks, the need to strengthen and address the cybersecurity talent pipeline is more important than ever,” said Richard Pappas, president, Davenport University.

As part of the program, participating students mentor local high school students looking to pursue a career in cybersecurity.

Additionally, students will travel to a national cybersecurity conference and complete a paid summer internship with a federal, state, local or tribal government organization to further their learning in the cybersecurity field.

Davenport University is accepting initial applications until Sept 24. More information is available online.

GRCC students must complete a separate application process. Contact Andrew Rozema at arozema at grcc dot edu for more information.

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