Optiv Announces Second Annual $ 40,000 Scholarship for Black and African American Students Identifying STEM


DENVER, October 19, 2021 / CNW / – As part of its ongoing commitment to diversity in cybersecurity and information security, Optiv, the leader in cybersecurity consulting and solutions, is accepting nominations for its second annual edition $ 40,000 scholarship for black and African American students identifying STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics).

Awarded by Optiv’s network of black employees, the scholarship is paid over four years. Last year’s inaugural recipient, Lauren Harris, is a first year student at Princeton University.

Applicants must meet the following qualifications to apply:

  • Be a high school graduate.
  • Verify acceptance into an eligible degree program in a STEM-related field (including, but not limited to, computer science, electrical engineering, math, etc.)
  • The minimum GPA in high school is 3.5 on a scale of 4.0.
  • Must maintain a minimum undergraduate GPA of at least 3.2 on a 4.0 scale to remain eligible for the scholarship for four years.
  • Plan a career in cybersecurity / information security.
  • Complete the scholarship application including a one-page essay and two letters of reference.
  • Identify yourself as black and / or African American (African, African American, Caribbean, for example) and be a U.S. Citizen, U.S. National, or Permanent Resident.

Qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and find out more about the scholarship program here. Optiv accepts applications until January 7, 2022.

“Diversity is essential to the success of any organization, enabling creative, inclusive and stimulating conversations and outcomes,” says Heather strbiak, director of human resources at Optiv. “Optiv is investing resources to help improve diversity within our industry, while also focusing on creating fair practices to ensure a path for young people of color as future cybersecurity leaders.”

Optiv’s Black Employee Network is completely employee-driven and part of the company’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DE&I) initiative. According to The CyberWire, research continues to show that people of color are underrepresented in cybersecurity.

“I have been with Optiv for 10 years, and not only do we profess our value of diversity and inclusiveness, but we have put it into practice by creating this scholarship, which creates an opportunity for success,” said Keyana Jones, co-chair of the Optiv Black Employee Network Committee. “This effort provides people of color with a way to get the support they need to impact cybersecurity in the future.”

Optiv honors and embraces the diverse perspectives, ideas, backgrounds and experiences of its employees. The company’s approach to DE&I is based on listening, learning and growth.

Learn more about Optiv at www.optiv.com.

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For further information: Brett Ater, 913-304-7683, [email protected], Jeremy Jones, 954-663-2287, [email protected], www.optiv.com

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