Mid-Atlantic CIO Forum awards four academic scholarships

One TU senior, two juniors and one sophomore to benefit from scholarships this fall

TOWSON, Md. (May 23, 2011)—The Mid-Atlantic CIO Forum has awarded four Towson University students $15,000 in scholarships for the fall 2011 academic term. The Forum’s award recognizes the following students, all of whom are first-time recipients of this scholarship:

  • Hollis Bush, a junior double-majoring in Computer Information Systems and Business Administration
  • James Cavanaugh, a junior studying Computer Science with a Security track
  • Joshua Noren, a sophomore majoring in e-Business
  • and Morgan Ricks, a senior majoring in Information Technology.

As part of the application process, students were asked to describe their future goals as they relate to technology in their lives. Currently a part-time information systems assistant for the Baltimore Orioles, Noren hopes to one day become information systems director for the team. Ricks is working to be part of a government team that protects against cyber warfare. Cavanaugh strives to begin his career as an intern in computer security at Aberdeen Proving Ground and eventually work for the National Security Agency. Upon his graduation in May 2012, Bush will pursue a career as a systems analyst.

“Towson University offers a great venue for students interested in developing the right skills to enter the Information Technology profession,” says David Vordick, vice president and CIO of CNA Analysis & Solutions and board member of the Mid-Atlantic CIO Forum. "The Forum’s mission is to foster excellence in the Information Technology field by encouraging continual learning, and this award is a great opportunity for the Forum to give back to the university.”

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

“TU’s partnership with the Mid-Atlantic CIO Forum provides a wealth of opportunity for students, businesses and IT leaders alike," says Dyan Brasington, TU vice president for the Division of Economic and Community Outreach. "We appreciate the forum’s generous awards and commitment to TU students.”

The Mid-Atlantic CIO Forum was formed in August 2003, when TU’s Division of Economic and Community Outreach (DECO) entered into a partnership with information technology executives in the mid-Atlantic region. The forum has offered scholarship awards to students of business, economics and the computer information sciences since spring 2006. This is the twelfth consecutive term the scholarship has been awarded.





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