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Emma Gibbons '23 Named Finalist in the National Cyber Scholarship Competition (NCSC)

Emma Gibbons '23 Named Finalist in the National Cyber Scholarship Competition (NCSC)

Emma Gibbons ’23 has been named a Finalist in the National Cyber Scholarship Competition (NCSC), a rigorous 48-hour online competition sponsored by The National Cyber Scholarship Foundation (NCSF). In recognition of her achievement, Emma 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. Participants in Cyber Foundations Academy will learn the essential skills and knowledge needed by cybersecurity practitioners.

Emma and two other Mounties, Maureen Phelan ’23  and Paige Vercio ’21, competed against 5,000 high school students in a cybersecurity competition designed to challenge its participants to solve computer security problems and/or capture and defend computer systems. In total, 50,000 students nationwide sought to qualify for the NCSC, with just 10% meeting the requirements.

“The National Cyber Scholarship Competition 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 for the National Cyber Scholarship Competition including CyberStart America, which the Mounties qualified through, a free online program that helps students discover their interest in cybersecurity and develop their talent and skills. The NCSC offers 600 college scholarships to top-ranking competitors. Additionally, National Cyber Scholars, along with competition 1,000 finalists, are invited to participate in the Cyber Foundations Academy.