Cybersecurity Student Awarded National Cyber Competition Scholarship

Published: December 8, 2022

Congratulations to College of Western Idaho (CWI) Cybersecurity student and IT Help Desk Technician, Stanley Ward, who has been selected as one of ten students nationally for a $5,000 scholarship through ISACA, also known as Information Systems Audit and Control Association.

Ward was awarded the scholarship through his participation with the fall National Cyber League (NCL) competition and its partnership with ISACA's Foundation, One in Tech. The goal of the partnership is to offer scholarships that support and promote diversity within the cybersecurity industry.

In addition to the scholarship, Ward will receive ISACA resources, networking access, and mentorship opportunities.

The fall NCL Competition brought together nearly 6,675 individual competitors from around the nation to compete. The competition focuses on much needed industry-level skills in cybersecurity and allows students to participate in both an individual competition and a team competition. Ward was a participant in both.

“Joining the NCL competition was a great learning experience allowing me to have a glimpse of the types of issues that could be combated in the future,” said Ward. “It also gave me the opportunity to apply for the ISACA scholarship. It has been a great opening to obtain additional resources in Cybersecurity as well as networking with professionals already in the field.”

“It has been amazing to see the participation of our students in cybersecurity competitions this year, as their enthusiasm for these competitions has been astounding,” said CWI Cyber Defense Center Director, Sara Hoyt. “Having a CWI student, such as Stanley, chosen for this scholarship, out of thousands of applicants nationwide, is so exciting! It speaks volumes for CWI's efforts to bring cybersecurity opportunities to students through our Cyber Defense Center.”

CWI's Cyber Defense Center will be hosting many more opportunities like this, along with cybersecurity related community events throughout the upcoming semesters.

For those with questions or in need of more information on these and future events, contact Sara Hoyt at 208.562.2553 or

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