Mid-Atlantic CIO Forum awards five academic scholarships

Awards benefit Towson University students majoring in computer science, IT programs

TOWSON, Md. (Dec. 22, 2011)—The Mid-Atlantic CIO Forum has awarded five Towson University students $15,000 in scholarships for the spring 2012 academic term. The Forum’s award recognizes the following students:

  • Hollis Bush, Computer Science and Business Administration
  • Joshua Noren, Computer Science and e-Business
  • Heather Pesce, Computer Science
  • Morgan Ricks, Information Technology
  • James Semesky, Computer Science

As a part of the application process, students were asked to describe their future goals as they relate to technology in their lives.

Upon graduation, Bush will pursue a career as an information assurance systems analyst for the Defense Information Systems Agency. Noren hopes to one day earn his master’s degree in Information Systems Management, while Ricks strives to be a part of a government team that protects against cyber warfare. Semesky hopes to study software development and computer security before entering a doctoral program in Computer Science, and Pesce dreams of a career in artificial intelligence.

“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 David Vordick, vice president and CIO of CNA and member of the Mid-Atlantic CIO Forum. "The Forum’s mission is to foster excellence in Information Technology field by encouraging continued 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 spring term.

“TU’s partnership with the Mid-Atlantic CIO Forum continues to provide 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 their continued 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 thirteenth consecutive term the scholarship has been awarded.





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