Bloomsburg University students earn Department of Defense scholarships

For Immediate Release

Date: Sept. 20, 2019

Contact: Tom McGuire, Director of Media Relations

Bloomsburg University students earn Department of Defense scholarships

BLOOMSBURG-- Four Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania digital forensics majors now have their eyes set on working for the Department of Defense as a result of earning a DoD Cyber Scholarship for the 2019-20 school year. Students names are withheld due to the sensitivity of the jobs within the DoD.

Each cyber scholar receives full tuition, fees, a book allowance, and a stipend for living expense in exchange for civilian service at a DoD Agency upon graduation.

DoD’s Cybersecurity Scholarship Program is designed to increase the number of qualified students entering the fields of information assurance, information technology, and cybersecurity to meet the DoD’s increasing dependence on cybersecurity for warfighting and the security of its information infrastructure.

“We are very proud of our digital forensics curriculum and the students we educate,” said Curt Jones, chairman of the mathematical and digital sciences department. “These scholarships are the results of these students’ ability and the education provided by our professors. They are only possible because of our designation as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education that Dr. Barrett obtained for us. Her excellent work in this area has now led to six students receiving these highly coveted scholarships.”

“The scholarship award an excellent testament to the caliber of our Digital Forensic students,” said Diane Barrett, associate professor in mathematical and digital sciences. “It also demonstrates the high quality of the digital forensics curriculum and faculty expertise. This is an exceptional opportunity for our students to make a difference in the effort to secure the digital assets of our country.”

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 8,700 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.