Northrop Grumman has awarded a total of $50,000 in scholarships to the winning students who participated at a national cybersecurity competition featuring military academy and high school teams.
Students from the Texas-based Marine Military Academy’s Marine Corps Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps won first place in the All Service Division and Virginia-based Chantilly Academy won the Open Division category, Northrop said Monday.
Teams finishing in first place for CyberPatriot V won $2,000, teams in second place won $1,50 and teams finishing third won $1,000.
Now in its fifth year, 28 teams participated in the CyberPatriot national finals and more than 1,200 teams total competed in CyberPatriot.
Sandra Evers-Manly, Northrop vice president of corporate responsibility and president of the Northrop Grumman Foundation, said programs like CyberPatriot intend to spark students’ interest in the science, technology, engineering and math fields.
“The United States is experiencing a growing shortage of professionals interested in science, technology, engineering and math, threatening our economic future and national security,” she added.
The Northrop Grumman Foundation will continue sponsoring CyberPatriot through a three-year, $4.5 million grant.