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{Press Release} Kulm, Lewis are CybHER Scholarship winners

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 17, 2019

Kulm, Lewis are CybHER Scholarship winners

SBS scholarship supports workforce diversity



Scholarship WinnersMADISON, S.D., September 17, 2019 – Alexis Kulm and Sophia Lewis have been named the 2019 CybHER Scholarship winners.

CybHER co-founder Dr. Ashley Podhradsky said scholarships such as these reduce the challenges students face with pursuing their cyber security education. Podhradsky is associate dean of the Beacom College of Computer and Cyber Sciences and Associate Professor of Information Assurance & Forensics.

Lewis said the scholarship “really helps take off the stress of financing college so I can focus more on my studies than a job.” Lewis is a first-year computer science major from Winner, S.D.

Kulm agreed. “I think of college as my job.” With this funding “I can focus on my schoolwork.” She is a first-year cyber operations major from Sioux Falls.

These annual $500 scholarships are sponsored by SBS CyberSecurity through DSU’s CybHER program. CybHER is a Dakota State program that empowers, motivates, and educates girls to study cyber security. SBS is a Madison-based cybersecurity consulting and audit firm, named to the Inc. 5000 list of fastest growing private companies from 2013-2019.

“The scholarship is a great opportunity to give back, while supporting a cause that our leadership team is committed to making the industry’s workforce more inclusive and diverse,” said Aaron Gamewell, SBS president and CEO.

Industry support also provides inspiration for faculty. Dr. Pam Rowland said, “This industry recognition gives me more excitement and motivation as I mentor our students, who will hopefully be contributing industry professionals after they complete their studies.” Rowland is co-founder of CybHER, assistant professor of Computer Science/Cyber Security, co-coordinator of the Center of Excellence, and undergraduate research coordinator.

Podhradsky said it’s humbling to see the industry support CybHER’s goal to increase gender diversity in the field of computer and cyber sciences.

“The financial support of industry partners such as SBS encourages women to study cyber security, ultimately advancing gender diversity in cyber fields,” said Podhradsky.



This August 29, 2019 photo provided by Dakota State University.

Alexis Kulm (seated left) and Sophia Lewis (seated right) are the 2019 winners of the CybHER Scholarship, sponsored by SBS CyberSecurity and CybHER. Dr. Ashley Podhradsky (back left) and Dr. Pam Rowland are CybHER co-founders.

Dakota State University (DSU) is located in Madison, S.D. Founded in 1881, DSU offers undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral programs through its colleges of arts and sciences, business and information systems, computer and cyber sciences, and education. DSU has a special focus on the development, application, implications, and impacts of computing, information technologies and cyber security in all areas of human endeavor. DSU has received multiple Center of Excellence designations in education, research and regional resource development from the U.S. National Security Agency and U.S. Department of Homeland Security. DSU is home to the Madison Cyber Labs (MadLabs), a cyber R&D hub with labs and institutes that explore and advance technology application, workforce development, business expansion, economic growth, and policy improvement across multiple disciplines and fields. For more information, contact, 605-270-3816, or visit the DSU website at

Contact: DSU Media Relations
Dakota State University, Madison, SD                                                                                             
Phone: 605-270-3816


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Posted: Tuesday, September 17, 2019
Categories: Blog, In the News