SEC Congratulates Scholarship Recipients

August 29, 2023 – The Security Executive Council proudly congratulates Joshua Kojo Asante Atuahene, Eric Locke, and Thomas Lupica on earning the 2023-2024 Security Executive Council Scholarships.

Joshua Kojo Asante Atuahene is a senior majoring in Cybersecurity at Kennesaw State University’s Institute for Cybersecurity Workforce Development.

Eric Locke is a junior majoring in Risk Management & Insurance, Supply Chain & Operations with a concentration in Data Analytics at the University of South Carolina’s Darla Moore College of Business.

Thomas Lupica is a senior majoring in Intelligence Studies with a minor in Cybersecurity at Mercyhurst University.

The SEC launched its scholarship program to encourage and support next-generation leaders at its partner academic institutions, which are recognized for excellent programs in security, risk, and intelligence. Each $2,500 scholarship is awarded after consideration by the SEC Scholarship Committee made up of SEC staff, successful former and current security practitioners, and university faculty.

“Kennesaw State University and the Institute for Cybersecurity Workforce Development (ICWD) are very appreciative of this generous gift. Thanks to the SEC for this financial support for one of our best and brightest students," said Dr. Michael Whitman, Executive Director of the ICWD. "Joshua, in being chosen by the SEC selection committee for the second consecutive year, has demonstrated excellence in his academic studies. He is on his way to a successful career in Cybersecurity.”

“We are truly grateful for SEC’s continued generosity in supporting efforts to encourage educational opportunities for the next generation of analysts. It is a tremendous honor to have our students included in this scholarship opportunity as they work to build their careers in the field of intelligence,” said the Dean of Ridge College of Intelligence Studies and Applied Sciences at Mercyhurst University, Dr. John Olszowka.

Greg Niehaus, Professor of Finance and Insurance at the University of South Carolina, said, “The Darla Moore School of Business and its Risk Management and Insurance program greatly appreciates the support of the SEC in sponsoring a scholarship for one of our outstanding students, Eric Locke.”

The SEC hopes to continue supporting students of excellence through this scholarship and other work with our education and research partners. Congratulations to all!

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