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Congressman Ralph Abraham

Representing the 5th District of Louisiana

Abraham announces $1.3 million grant for La Tech cybersecurity initiative

December 7, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON - Congressman Ralph Abraham, M.D., R-Alto, announced today that Louisiana Tech University in Ruston will receive a grant for more than $1.3 million to enhance its cybersecurity programs.

The $1,312.488 grant was awarded by the National Science Foundation. The money will be used to support Tech’s proposed CyberCorps(R): Scholarship for Service (SFS) program to prepare highly-qualified cybersecurity professionals for entry into the government workforce. The program proposes to support 36 SFS@LaTech Scholars to complete either a bachelor’s degree in either Cyber Engineering or Computer Science with Cybersecurity concentration.

“Louisiana Tech is truly a leader in training the next generation of professionals who will be tasked with protecting our nation from cybersecurity threats. It is an incredibly important mission, and I am proud that this Louisiana institution is on the cutting edge of this field,” said Dr. Abraham, who represents Ruston. “As the first university in the country to establish a Bachelor of Science in Cyber Engineering degree program, I know that Tech is deserving of these funds, and I appreciate the National Science Foundation for awarding this grant.”

Dr. Abraham serves on the House Science, Space and Technology Committee. He has authored legislation in Congress aimed at strengthening the cybersecurity of federal agencies.

“The need for qualified cybersecurity professionals is great in our country, and Louisiana Tech University is committed to helping meet that need,” said Tech President Les Guice. “Our students will be ready to enter the workforce and make an immediate positive impact through the CyberCorps® Scholarship for Service program (SFS@LaTech). In addition, we hope to diversify this segment of the workforce through our plans to target 40 percent of the scholarships for women and underrepresented groups.”

Hisham Hegab, a lead researcher for the grant, added, “In the first year of this grant, we anticipate funding study for seven undergraduate students who will prepare for careers in the growing field of cyber security. These students will have the opportunity to participate in internships and research that will help them fill the need for professionals who are committed to becoming exceptional government servants in this field.”

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