Mid-Atlantic CIO Forum awards five academic scholarships

Five TU students to benefit from $15,000.00 in scholarships this fall

TOWSON, Md. (May 25, 2012)—The Mid-Atlantic CIO Forum has awarded five Towson University students $15,000 in scholarships for the fall 2012 academic term. The Forum’s award recognizes the following students, most of whom are first-time recipients of this scholarship:

  • Emily Jay , a sophomore majoring in Computer Science with a Security Track
  • Kurt Karolenko, a sophomore double-majoring in Computer Science and Medicinal Chemistry
  • Joshua Noren, a junior double-majoring in e-Business and Information Systems
  • Michael Smith, a senior majoring in Computer Science
  • and Meredith Walter, a sophomore double-majoring in e-Business and Business Administration.

As part of the application process, students were asked to describe their future goals as they relate to technology in their lives. Jay hopes to use her degree to enforce web and computer security in her future career. With interest in both art and computers, Karolenko strives to one day design websites and user interfaces. A part-time information systems assistant for the Baltimore Orioles—and three-time recipient of this scholarship—Noren hopes to one day earn his master's degree in Information Systems Management. Smith has set his sights on earning a master's degree in Computer Science to begin a career in research. Water's immediate goals include helping her family's hardware business transition many of its processes to an online format.

“The mission of the Forum’s scholarship program is to foster excellence in the Information Technology field by encouraging continued learning and academic scholarship,” says David Vordick, vice president and CIO of CNA Analysis & Solutions and board member of the Mid-Atlantic CIO Forum.

“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, and this award is a great opportunity for the Forum to give back to the university and to bring us closer to the talented students coming into our profession.”

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.

“For 14 consecutive semesters, TU’s partnership with the Mid-Atlantic CIO Forum has provided a wealth of opportunity for students, business 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 our 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.





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