An online cybersecurity training program recently awarded Troy University student Mitchell Mashburn a $500 scholarship toward earning his bachelor’s degree in computer science.
“I was originally a hospitality and tourism management major, but have always been passionate and had a love for working with computers and [information technology],” said Mashburn, who added that the scholarship is a great way for him to live out his passion and love in a future career.
Mashburn became eligible for the scholarship through his participation in a free cybersecurity training program offered online by the SANS Institute, a cooperative research and education organization that provides information security training and security certification programs.
Mashburn, a sophomore from Auburn, Alabama, is one of only three students at universities in Alabama to receive the scholarship this year. Only 200 students received scholarships this year nationwide.
To be eligible, college students must enroll in SANS Institute’s Cyber FastTrack program. The program is a free three-stage program that offers a unique opportunity for college students in the United States to fast track their career in cybersecurity. It provides students with training and skills they need to build their knowledge in the foundations of cybersecurity while also working through their current college course of study.
Mitchell said he loves his chosen course of study at Troy, and that he is learning and growing through his involvement in the Cyber FastTrack program.
He is currently working as a computer operator at Troy Bank and Trust while not in classes. His goal is to work in government cybersecurity.