When Forsyth Tech student Britney Rominger found out she received a scholarship from The National Science Foundation (NSF), she couldn’t believe it.
“It’s life changing,” Rominger says. “I never imagined I’d be able to attend a four-year university.”
Rominger is one of three Forsyth Tech students who received the NSF CyberCorps Scholarship for Service, valued at $61,000. The scholarship program aims to build an innovative and efficient cyber security education system that results in an unrivaled cyber security workforce and citizenry capable of advancing America’s economic prosperity and national security in the 21st century.
Students awarded the scholarship receive full tuition at Forsyth Tech, all books paid for, a technology stipend and full tuition for two years at either North Carolina A&T State University or UNC-Charlotte after they successfully graduate with a transfer degree from Forsyth Tech.
“In addition, students will receive a paid internship, which gives them valuable, hands-on work experience,” explains Dr. Deanne Wesley, department chair, Davis iTEC Center and department coordinator, IT-Systems Security. “This really sets them up for the future, because they are mentored all the way through the program, have several opportunities to job shadow, receive career advice from professionals in the industry, and attend job fairs.”
“This means I can be debt free when I graduate, and fully focus on my studies without having to get a job while I’m in school,” Rominger says. “In the future, I hope to use my degree to work for either the FBI, CIA, or Secret Service.”
All scholarship recipients must work after graduation for a Federal, State, Local, or Tribal Government organization in a position related to cyber security for a period equal to the length of the scholarship.
The NSF will award an additional Forsyth Tech student the scholarship this fall. Four are set to receive it in 2018, and another four in 2019.
“I’m blessed beyond words,” Rominger says.