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(ISC)²® Foundation Announces 2011 and 2012 Information Security Scholarship Recipients

 Scholarships Foster Workforce of the Future and Fuel Timely Cyber Security Research

Palm Harbor, FL (PRWEB) --

The (ISC)2 (“ISC-squared”) Foundation, a charitable trust that aims to make the cyber world safer for everyone, today announced the recipients of its 2011 and 2012 Information Security Scholarships. The (ISC)² Foundation Scholarship Program opens doors to future information security professionals with scholarships for undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate students.

(ISC)²’s long history of granting scholarships focuses on promoting the growth of the global cyber security workforce and illuminating the pathway for these future information security professionals. With more than US$300,000 grants given since the program began in 2004, these scholarships also support high-level research that advances cutting-edge cyber security knowledge at the graduate level to benefit the broader information security community and society. Earlier this year, the Foundation introduced a scholarship for women and established the Harold F. Tipton Memorial Scholarship Fund to provide passionate, aspiring young information security professionals the means to follow the pathway to industry excellence, as constructed by the grant’s namesake and (ISC)² founder Harold F. Tipton.

“Promoting career opportunities through scholarships demonstrates our investment in the cyber security workforce of the future,” said Julie Peeler, director for the (ISC)² Foundation. “With cyber security being a primary issue in every area of life, we hope our scholarship opportunities will help recruit and cultivate a workforce capable of preventing, detecting and responding to attacks on information assets. We congratulate all the recipients for their achievements and for propelling the information security field to new heights.”

The 2011 Scholarship recipients are:

        Women’s Scholarship: Joyce Siew Hoon Ng, University of Surrey, UK

        Undergraduate Scholarship:

o    Timothy Cupp, University of Maryland University College, USA
o    Alexa Palermo, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, USA

        Graduate Research Project(s):

o    Mahnush Movahedi Meimandi, University of New Mexico, USA
o    Fellystas Ajwang Obiero, Bondo University College, Kenya
o    Veronica Valeros, FASTA University, Argentina

        Faculty Certification Exam Vouchers:

o    Phone Myint, Temasek Polytechnic, Singapore
o    Kent Seamons, Brigham Young University, USA
o    Bharanidharan Shanmugam, Advanced Informatics School, Universiti Teknologi, Malaysia
o    Christophe Veltsos, Minnesota State University, USA

“I had set a timeline of 2013 to achieve my degree, but financially, I was not able to take the amount of classes that were needed. I had honestly talked myself out of applying for this scholarship because I felt it would just be a waste of time but, after the urging from my wife, I did apply and sent with it my hopes and dreams,” commented Undergraduate Scholarship recipient Timothy Cupp. “When I was contacted by (ISC)2, I was shocked. I will always be grateful to (ISC)2 for helping me continue to achieve my goals.”

“I want to thank the (ISC)2 Foundation for awarding me this scholarship and the investment that they have made in my future,” said Graduate Research Project Scholarship recipient Fellystas Ajwang Obiero. “Because of their generosity, I was able to enroll for my Masters in IT (Security and Audit) at Bondo University College. Through my scholarship from the (ISC)2 Foundation, I have been able to continue my dream of an education.”

The 2012 Scholarship recipients are:

        Women’s Scholarship:

o    Pei-Yu Chen, National Taiwan University, ROC
o    Victoria Kisekka, State University of New York at Buffalo, USA
o    Carina Wangwe, University of South Africa, South Africa

        Undergraduate Scholarship:

o    Wahab Alli, Cameron University, USA
o    Bruce Clair, Georgia State University, USA
o    Ryan Fried, University of Connecticut, USA
o    Warren Johnson Jr., Macon State College, USA
o    Patrick Katamba, London Metropolitan University, England
o    Rory Kelley, Drexel University, USA
o    Bertrand Muhire, University of Massachusetts, USA
o    Samuel Warren, City University of Seattle, USA

        Graduate Research Project(s):

o    Hannah Anderson, Penn State University, USA
o    Catherine Delaere, Capella University, USA

        Faculty Certification Exam Vouchers:

o    Tahir Abbas, Institute of Business & Finance, Pakistan
o    Helio de Castro, Capella University, USA
o    Yi Ding, Georgia Gwinnett College, USA
o    Nicole Hanaburgh, Rockland Community College, USA
o    Mark Kochanski , University of Washington at Bothell, USA
o    Andrey Soares,    Southern Illinois University, USA
o    Dr. Charles A. Wood, Duquesne University, USA

Cyber Challenges
The (ISC)2 Foundation is also the official scholarship sponsor of the US Cyber Challenge through its high school cyber camp program and its online high school cyber challenge. In 2011, 27 scholarships were awarded to winners of the US Cyber Challenge events; 22 have been awarded in 2012.

For additional information on the (ISC)² Foundation Scholarship Program, please visit:

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About The (ISC)² Foundation
The (ISC)2 Foundation is a non-profit charitable trust that aims to make the cyber world safer for everyone by supporting cyber security education and awareness in the community through its programs and the efforts of its members. Through the (ISC)2 Foundation, (ISC)2’s global information security expert membership of over 86,000 seek to ensure that children everywhere have a positive, productive, and safe experience online, to spur the development of the next generation of cyber security professionals, and to illuminate major issues facing the industry now and in the future. For more information, please visit

About (ISC)²
(ISC)² is the largest not-for-profit membership body of certified information security professionals worldwide, with over 86,000 members in more than 135 countries. Globally recognized as the Gold Standard, (ISC)² issues the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP®) and related concentrations, as well as the Certified Secure Software Lifecycle Professional (CSSLP®), Certified Authorization Professional (CAP®), and Systems Security Certified Practitioner (SSCP®) credentials to qualifying candidates. (ISC)²’s certifications are among the first information technology credentials to meet the stringent requirements of ISO/IEC Standard 17024, a global benchmark for assessing and certifying personnel. (ISC)² also offers education programs and services based on its CBK®, a compendium of information security topics. More information is available at