“I want to be able to do something and contribute to the defense of our infrastructure,” says Emmanuel Onwulata, a master’s student in cyber and information security at Capitol Technology University. Onwulata is one of two Capitol master’s students to be selected this year for the prestigious Information Assurance Scholarship Program (IASP) awarded by the Department of Defense.
Onwulata and Josh Nelbach, Capitol’s 2017 IASP recipients, will receive full scholarship packages including tuition coverage and a $30,000 stipend. After graduation, recipients are hired for cybersecurity jobs in the federal government.
The award “gives me the opportunity to do cybersecurity research, which I love with a passion,” Onwulata says. He recognizes the importance of cybersecurity due to an increase in malicious hacking and sabotage of computer systems.
Nelbach says he is “extremely grateful” to have been selected. “It’s an investment by the American people in their own security. America is investing in me by ensuring I can gain the best education I can in order to defend our nation."
"Scholarship programs such as the IASP not only open doors to students, but also help ensure that the country has a corps of well-educated professionals in a critical field," says Dr. William Butler, who chairs Capitol's cybersecurity program.
“Capitol has well-established relationships with employers and government agencies, and we’re an NSA-designated Center for Excellence,” says Butler, who also directs the school’s Critical Infrastructures and Cyber Protection Center. “Our faculty consists of professionals working in the field. They can provide insights and exposure to current trends that the students won’t get elsewhere. As a result, a Capitol education increases students’ chances of success as well as their earning potential.”