SAIC Provides Cyber Scholarships to Veterans

CyberWarrior ScholarshipTM program supports civilian transition and promotes cybersecurity

 

SAIC has selected 10 military veteran recipients for its CyberWarriorTM Scholarship. SAIC, in collaboration with the Center for Cyber Safety and Education, sponsors our scholarship program to provide military veterans with career development opportunities in order to help meet the national need for qualified cybersecurity professionals. As a part of our Citizenship and Community Engagement Program, the SAIC CyberWarrior Scholarship program furthers our commitment and support to our veterans and STEM education.

Each year, the program awards scholarships to deserving military veterans pursuing careers in the cyber field. A carefully chosen panel of Center for Cyber Safety and Education and SAIC cyber subject matter experts selects the recipients based on their passion, merit, and financial need.

SAIC CEO Nazzic Keene introduced four of our 2019 CyberWarrior Scholars at the AUSA Conference on Oct. 15, in Washington, D.C. SAIC Chief Information Security Officer and retired U.S. Army Colonel Alicia Lynch, who serves as the CyberWarrior Scholarship’s executive champion, joined Keene and other SAIC leaders in congratulating the awardees.

"Veterans bring a deep and enduring commitment to our national security, and our CyberWarrior Scholars stand ready for the mission of becoming our next generation of cyber professionals and solving our nation’s cyber challenges," Keene noted.

2019 SAIC CyberWarrior Scholarship winners
Four of SAIC's 2019 CyberWarrior Scholars, Jermaine White, Marylyn Harris, Jeremy Rodriguez, and Peter Alvarado-Ruiz, hold up a $5,000 scholarship check that they will each receive. Among those congratulating them are SAIC CEO Nazzic Keene (second from left) and Patrick Craven, director of the Center for Cyber Safety and Education (second from right).

“This program strongly supports veterans with the difficult transition to civilian life by helping them to improve their already-strong qualifications and assisting them in obtaining industry-recognized certifications,” Lynch said.

Here are the 2019 CyberWarrior Scholars:

  • Peter Alvarado-Ruiz, U.S. Army veteran from San Antonio, Texas
  • Karen Grgurich, U.S. Army veteran from Chicago, Illinois
  • Marylyn Harris, U.S. Army veteran from Houston, Texas
  • Eric Kinzie, U.S. Navy veteran from Fort Wayne, Indiana
  • Kimberly Moss, U.S. Army Reserve veteran from Atlanta, Georgia
  • Alfredo Rodriguez, U.S. Army veteran from Fort Meade, Maryland
  • Jeremy Rodriguez, U.S. Marine Corps veteran from Tampa, Florida
  • Esther Stepansky, U.S. Army and Army National Guard veteran from Elizabeth, Colorado
  • Jose Villalobos, U.S. Army National Guard veteran from Phoenix, Arizona
  • Jermaine White, U.S. Navy veteran from Clinton, Maryland

Providing training for successful cyber careers

The SAIC CyberWarrior Scholarship program provides recipients with everything they need in preparation for becoming certified for careers in cybersecurity, including training classes, textbooks and materials, and exam vouchers for the (ISC)2 certification of their choice.

At the end of the training, the veterans will have enhanced opportunities to secure cybersecurity positions that require highly technical cyber skills, such as security analyst, security engineer, security auditor, and security architect. The program focuses on six (ISC)² certifications: Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP®), Certified Secure Software Lifecycle Professional (CSSLP®), Certified Cloud Security Professional (CCSP®), HealthCare Information Security and Privacy Practitioner (HCISPP®), Certified Authorization Professional (CAP®), and Systems Security Certified Practitioner (SSCP®).

 

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