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Two students from Brown University, Andrea Greene-Horace and Yanling He, have just received the CrowdStrike Foundation's NextGen Scholarship, which supports the development of the next generation of talent and leadership in cybersecurity and artificial intelligence. No more than six of these scholarships are given each year, and Brown students have received at least one of them every year that the scholarship has been offered. Andrea and Yanling are students in the Executive Master's in Cybersecurity program, which recently evolved into the Master of Science (ScM) in Cybersecurity.
"I’m honored," says Yanling, "and humbled to receive this award as a Brown student."
"I am very humbled and appreciative for CrowdStrike’s selection as a 2020-21 NextGen scholarship award recipient for use in Brown University’s Cybersecurity degree program," says Andrea. "Brown Cybersecurity is a world-class program. It fosters industry leadership growth by incorporating both scientific methods and proven interdisciplinary frameworks as a basis for solving today’s critical issues, with an eye on emerging cybersecurity and privacy discoveries and disruptions. I've found the program powerful and challenging, which has led to more thoughtful discovery in my own research, application, and growth. It continues to impress me with how it provides regular access to highly relevant, recognized, and sought-after industry and government leaders, commensurate with the classes and topics at hand."
Founded in 2011, CrowdStrike combines advanced endpoint protection with expert intelligence to pinpoint the adversaries perpetrating cybersecurity attacks. Its philanthropic and volunteer arm, the CrowdStrike Foundation, offers a pro bono cybersecurity program for nonprofits, research grants, and the NextGen Scholarship, which provides financial assistance to select undergraduate and graduate students studying cybersecurity and/or artificial intelligence.
Andrea and Yanling were chosen based on a range of criteria that include academic record and courses, experience, and interest in cybersecurity and/or artificial intelligence. They join two prior Brown Cybersecurity winners of the scholarship: George "Donnie" Hasseltine '19 in 2018-2019 and Sarah Lachance '20 in 2019-2020.
"The Brown Cybersecurity faculty is very proud of Andrea and Yanling for their selection as NextGen Scholarship recipients," says Ernesto Zaldivar, Brown CS faculty member and Program Director of Brown's Cybersecurity degree. "The fact that two of our students were selected for this competitive honor – during the same selection period – is a testament to the strength of each of their applications. We're thrilled that the CrowdStrike Foundation recognizes the same promise that we see in Andrea's and Yanling's work."
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