Northeast Alabama Community College student Herman (Doug) Hutson has been awarded a scholarship to the University of Alabama in Huntsville. He received the CyberCorps: Scholarship for Service (SFS), which is a unique program, designed to increase and strengthen the cadre of federal information assurance professionals that protect the government's critical information infrastructure. This program provides scholarships that may fully fund the typical costs incurred by full-time students while attending a participating institution, including tuition and education and related fees. Additionally, participants receive stipends of $22,500 for undergraduate students and $34,000 for graduate students. The scholarships are funded through grants awarded by the National Science Foundation.
The scholarship also provides for reimbursement of university health insurance up to $3,000 a year, reimbursement of books up to $2,000 a year, and pay for precessional development/travel up to $4,000 a year.
All scholarship recipients must work after graduation for a federal, state, local, or tribal government organization in a position related to cybersecurity for a period equal to the length of the scholarship. In addition, students are expected to serve in a government cybersecurity related position paid internship during the summer semester. Participation in a government "job fair" in early January in Washington, DC is required of all students supported by the scholarship.
Hutson stated, “While Americans become more dependent on modern technology, we are also becoming increasingly vulnerable to cyberattacks like phishing, social engineering, and corporate security breaches. Because of this, the demand for an experienced and qualified workforce to protect our nation’s assets has never been higher. As a result, cybersecurity professionals often safeguard top-secret government information, which is vital in protecting our country’s infrastructure.” For more information about the scholarship, go to www.uah.edu/ccre.
"We are very proud of Mr. Hutson for receiving this scholarship. He is an outstanding student," stated Dr. David Campbell, NACC President. "We also are proud at the institutional level of establishing this partnership with UAH. We plan to work with UAH on other projects, particularly in the cybersecurity and engineering fields."
Hutson acknowledged Mr. Chad Gorham, Acting Dean of Instruction at NACC and Mr. Bryon Miller, Career and Transfer Advisor, for assisting him in the scholarship process. In addition, he acknowledged Dr. Tommy Morris of UAH, Director of the Center for Cybersecurity Research and Education and Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering Department for awarding him this prestigious scholarship. Hutson added, “I would also like to thank Sherry Whitten, Director of the College and Career Planning Center and Stephen Brewer, Adult Education Instructor, for their unwavering support.”
“I along with the rest of the NACC family are so proud of Doug,” said Sherry Whitten, Director of the College and Career Planning Center. “I look forward to seeing all of the great things that he will accomplish in the cybersecurity field. He will soon join the ranks of other NACC successful alumni.”
Hutson earned his Associate in Applied Science in Computer Information systems this past December. He will graduate with an Associates of Science in the fall of 2019 and transfer to UAH to complete his bachelor’s degree. Upon completing his education Hutson plans on working with the federal government to help protect our nation from future cyber threats. Hutson stated that he would like to return to NACC and mentor the next group of students who apply for this prestigious scholarship, so he can help prepare them for the demanding process and schedule that they will have to face.
Hutson considers himself a military brat and has lived across the United States. However, he is happy to call Northeast Alabama his home. He also served six years in the US Army, including a tour in combat and worked two years overseas as a Department of Defense contractor. Additionally, Hutson would like to give a special thanks to his family including Marissa Hutson, William Hutson, Glenda Hutson, and Trinidy Hutson for their unconditional love and support.
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