Securing the Future: Students Receive Cybersecurity Scholarships

Even though they started on different career tracks, four students at Forsyth Tech discovered a new passion for cybersecurity and were awarded Federal CyberCorps Scholarships for Service Grants in 2018. Dillon Lewis, Jovan Morgan, Chris Perris, and Sam Wilson will each receive a total of $61,000 for three years— one year at Forsyth Tech and two years to complete their bachelor’s degrees at either North Carolina Agricultural and Technical University or the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. “These scholarships are a terrific way for students to complete their cybersecurity program and be assured a great job,” said Dr. Deanne Wesley, associate dean of the Davis iTEC and Cyber Security Center at Forsyth Tech. “Cybersecurity is an in-demand field with guaranteed jobs.” Throughout the year, especially during October (National Cybersecurity Awareness month), the four students have been engaged in activities promoting cybersecurity. As members of the CyberGeeks Club, they contributed to the cybersecurity virtual career fair. They also taught West Stokes County middle school students coding and hacking, demonstrated cybersecurity basics to the elementary students at Meadowlark Elementary, and participated in the Cybersecurity Symposium held at Forsyth Tech for several local high schools. The program offers numerous resources for students, including an annual job fair, a week-long summer training program, and internship opportunities. In return for their scholarship, the students will commit to working for a government agency for three years upon graduation.