August 30, 2016

Steve O'Keefe
College Relations

John A. Logan College sophomores Quinten Bowen of Raleigh and Zachary Scanlon of Hudson, both currently residing in Carbondale, were recently awarded one thousand dollar scholarships from the National Security Administration after competing in a cyber security competition at SIU.

Over 30 students registered to compete in the program and nine were awarded scholarships. Both Bowen and Scanlon successfully completed the required cyber security exercises and essays that were judged by a panel of thirteen information technology professionals from academia, private industry, and law enforcement. Each essay was reviewed three times by the panel before the nine recipients were selected.

Both students are currently studying cyber security at JALC where they are members of the Logan Defenders Cyber Security team. Both also have plans to transfer to SIU and major in Information Systems Technology with hopes of joining the Security Dogs Cyber Security team after graduating from JALC.

For JALC Assistant Professor Mark Rogers the scholarships represent the fact that students are finding success from the College’s cyber security program.

“This is proof that they are getting the education they need to compete on equal grounds with college and university students anywhere,” said Rogers.

John A. Logan College has recently been designated a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Two-Year Education (CAE2Y) School by the National Security Agency (NSA) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

JALC is only the second community college in Illinois and one of 40 nationwide to receive this prestigious designation.