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McKowns Establish Cyber Scholarship at AACC

June 10, 2011

      Barrett and Anne McKown of Edgewater have established a $25,000 scholarship fund at Anne Arundel Community College to help offset tuition and educational expenses of county residents who enroll in cyber-related studies.

      The couple set up the Barrett and Anne McKown Scholarship for Cybersecurity Study as an open fund to allow ongoing contributions from the community. “We hope that our contribution will become a catalyst for more student support in this area,” the couple said.

      AACC is experiencing significant enrollment growth in its cyber programs. A National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education 2-Yr (CAE2Y), AACC was also the first community college in the country certified by the National Security Agency (NSA) and Committee on National Security Systems (CNSS) to map its courses to the 4011 standard. In addition, NSA/CNSS have certified that AACC's curriculum maps to the 4013 standard.

      The AACC CyberCenter is home to an award-winning, state-of-the-art Information Assurance and Cybersecurity program offering an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree, certificates and individual courses. Two of the five certificates that are new this fall are Digital Forensics – Network and Mobile Device Certificate and a Network Security Certificate. The curricula prepares students for careers or transfer to four-year colleges and universities.

      The college made its first award for the fall term and will continue to award the endowed scholarship at the beginning of each academic year to a student demonstrating financial need as established by the AACC Financial Aid office. Preference will go to a U.S. citizen residing in Anne Arundel County who is attending a cybersecurity studies program, is enrolled full time and has a 3.0 minimum grade point average.

      To apply for this institutional scholarship, students should visit Community residents interested in contributing to this scholarship fund or establishing scholarships may contact the AACC Foundation Inc. at 410-777-2515, or