A grant dedicated for cybersecurity scholarships has now been expanded to include new students in all information technology and computer science programs at Lakeland Community College, school officials recently announced.
The college was awarded a Choose Ohio First grant in December 2019 to specifically support cybersecurity at Lakeland.
However, due to the increasing demand for IT and computer science professionals, the grant has been expanded to include all IT and computer science programs at Lakeland.
Choose Ohio First awards competitive scholarship funding to Ohio’s colleges and universities to support undergraduate and qualifying graduate students in innovative academic programs.
The funds support higher education and business collaborations “that will have the most impact on Ohio’s position in world markets such as aerospace, medicine, computer technology and alternative energy.”
To be considered for the scholarship, students must be new to Lakeland — including transfer students — majoring in an IT and computer science degree program or certificate and have/maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0.
Lakeland’s Choose Ohio First IT and computer science scholarship is a merit-based scholarship that will award a minimum $1,500 per student, per year.
Officials noted new students pursuing the following degrees and/or certificates are encouraged to apply for the scholarship:
• Application Programming and Development
• Computer Science/Software Engineering
• Data Analytics
• IT Support Analyst
• Operating Systems/Networking
• Web Content Developer
• Associate of Technical Studies – Computer Technology
• Computer User, IT Foundations, IT Specialist and IT Professional Certificates
To apply, students must log in to their myLakeland account and follow the prompts for the scholarship link.