Ethan Biedermann, a recent graduate of Cook High School, has been named a Finalist by the National Cyber Scholarship Foundation (NCSF) for his performance in a challenging online cybersecurity training program.
In recognition of his achievement, Ethan earned an invitation to participate in the Cyber Foundations Academy – a multi-week online program based on the nationally-recognized SANS Foundations training course and certification – valued at more than $3,000. He plans to attend Valdosta State University in fall 2022 to pursue studies related to computer science.
Ethan competed for a top score against thousands of high school students across the nation by solving real-world cybersecurity problems. He completed the cybersecurity training program in his Computer Science Principles class.
Ethan’s teacher, Mrs. Marsha Tillman, encouraged him to complete the training modules and compete in the program.
“I am very proud to be named a Finalist in the National Cyber Scholarship Competition,” said Ethan. “I am thrilled to be invited to the Cyber Foundations Academy to continue my cybersecurity education.”
“The National Cyber Scholarship Foundation recognizes high school students who have demonstrated exceptional cybersecurity prowess and who wish to pursue a career in a growing field in critical need of their talent,” noted David Brown, executive director, National Cyber Scholarship Foundation. “The NCSF mission is to identify and develop the next generation of cyber professionals. Each and every student who participated in this competition has the potential to develop their skills and build a successful career in cybersecurity.”
There are several qualification pathways to gain a National Cyber Scholarship, including CyberStart America, a free online program that helps students discover their interest in cybersecurity and develop their talent and skills. The NCSF offers $5 million in scholarships to top-ranking competitors. The top 1000 highest-scoring eligible CyberStart players will become National Cyber Scholars and will be invited to participate in the Cyber Foundations Academy.
About the National Cyber Scholarship Foundation (NCSF)
The National Cyber Scholarship Foundation is a national nonprofit whose mission is to identify, nurture and empower the next generation of cybersecurity experts; and eliminate the cybersecurity skills gap in the United States. NCSF aims to support the entry of thousands of talented students into the cybersecurity industry by providing enrichment opportunities, world-class training, and scholarships to fund further study.
About CyberStart America
CyberStart America is a free national program for high school students, aiming to uncover hidden cyber talents, and identify and develop the next generation of cyber superstars. CyberStart’s immersive gamified learning platform can take students from zero cybersecurity knowledge to possessing the skills necessary to complete a wide variety of realistic cybersecurity challenges and earn a scholarship in a matter of weeks. Students new to the field with a strong aptitude, as well as students with existing interest in the field, can use the platform to train and qualify as a National Cyber Scholar, giving them the opportunity to earn life-changing scholarship opportunities.