WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Senators Jacky Rosen (D-NV) and Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) announced that the National Science Foundation is granting $3,113,425 in cybersecurity scholarships for students at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. These scholarships will help train the next generation of cybersecurity professionals. The recipients of these scholarships commit to contributing their expertise to federal, state, local, or tribal government cybersecurity roles post-graduation.
“As a former computer programmer, I know how important it is for our economy and national security that we invest in the next generation of cybersecurity professionals,” said Senator Rosen. “I’m glad to see this funding coming to UNLV to provide students with full scholarships to study cybersecurity and artificial intelligence, while incentivizing public service.”
“Nevada is at the forefront of cutting-edge technology, and UNLV is leading the way in innovations in cybersecurity,” said Senator Cortez Masto. “I’m proud to have supported the funding for this grant, and I’ll continue working to support cybersecurity programs in Nevada and the jobs they create throughout our state.”
Senator Rosen has led the push to create more opportunities in the STEM fields. Earlier this year, Senator Rosen introduced her bipartisan STEM RESTART Act, which would support mid-career internships for workers looking to return or transition into the STEM workforce. Last year, Rosen’s bipartisan Rural STEM Education Act to break down barriers rural students face in accessing STEM education was signed into law as part of the CHIPS and Science Act both she and Cortez Masto helped pass. Senator Rosen’s bipartisan Building Blocks of STEM Act, which she introduced with Senator Capito and helps increase girls’ participation in computer science, was signed into law in 2019.