Mid-Atlantic CIO Forum awards five academic scholarships

Three TU juniors and two sophomores to benefit from scholarships this fall

TOWSON, Md. (May 12, 2008) —The Mid-Atlantic CIO Forum has awarded five Towson University students $15,000 in scholarships—$3,000 apiece—for the fall 2008 academic term. The Forum’s award recognizes juniors Brittany Banks, Nora Belfar, and Anna Giller-Chuprina along with sophomores Shane Lester and Nicole Ellinger.

Banks, who is from Secretary, Md., majors in Computer Information Systems and is working toward a minor in Business Administration. Giller-Chuprina, from Reisterstown, Md. is also a Computer Information Systems major. Belfar, from Baltimore Md., and Lester, from Forest Hill, Md., are Computer Science majors. Ellinger is a Business Administration major from Hampstead Md.

“Towson University offers an excellent education both in and out of the classroom for students interested in developing the skills needed to enter the Information Technology profession,” said forum member David Powell, retired vice president and CIO at AAI Corporation. “This award presents a great opportunity for the Mid-Atlantic CIO Forum to give back to TU and help bring us closer to students.”

In addition to providing scholarships, the CIO Forum’s members look forward to being actively engaged with the five students. The award recipients will have the opportunity to participate in Mid-Atlantic CIO Forum meetings during the fall term as well as in a mentoring program with Forum members.

“TU’s partnership with the Mid-Atlantic CIO Forum continues to provide a wealth of opportunity for students, business and IT leaders alike. We appreciate the forum’s generous awards and their continued commitment to TU students,” said James P. Clements, TU provost and vice president for academic affairs.

The Mid-Atlantic CIO Forum was formed in August 2003, when Towson University’s Division of Economic and Community Outreach (DECO) entered into a partnership with information technology executives in the Mid-Atlantic region. Its mission is to foster excellence in business and information technology in an environment that promotes educational and networking opportunities for CIO’s facing similar challenges and issues. The forum has offered scholarship awards to students of business, economics and the computer information sciences since spring 2006. This is the sixth consecutive term the scholarship has been awarded.

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