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By: KnowBe4 HR
Published: 19 Jul 2023
Last Updated: 19 Jul 2023
In an effort to increase the percentage of Black Americans in the cybersecurity industry, KnowBe4 offers a yearly $10,000 scholarship, open to any Black American who is pursuing a degree in cybersecurity. Nickson, KnowBe4's 2023 scholarship winner, showed so much passion for the cybersecurity industry, and we can't wait to see what he will accomplish upon completing his computer science degree. In today's blog, we are thrilled to learn more about Nickson!
My interest in computer science and cybersecurity began at a young age when I developed a passion for computers. In 2017, I read an article highlighting the value of data, oil, and gold, and how it's all operated and protected with cybersecurity. This inspired me to want to protect the most valuable asset which led me to switch my focus from computer science to cybersecurity.
I learned about this scholarship through a scholarship platform while conducting research. The opportunity to talk about my experiences and aspirations motivated me to apply.
My parents are my biggest inspiration due to their perseverance and dedication in providing for my siblings and me. Their resilience fuels my work ethic as I strive to give back to them.
This scholarship will provide financial support for my tuition, housing, and certifications in the field. It will open doors to internships and help me establish a successful career as a leader in the cybersecurity industry.
"Nothing comes from quitting, except knowing that you didn't finish" - Kevin Hart. This quote motivates me to push past my limits and overcome mental barriers.
The underrepresentation of Black Americans in the cybersecurity field drives me to spread awareness and foster diversity and inclusion. I believe there is untapped talent that can contribute to this industry if provided with adequate information and resources.
My advice for future applicants would be to go for it, be genuine in your application, and strive to make progress in the field before applying, despite any challenges you may face.
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