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{Press Release} Six named Gamewell Family, SBS scholarship winners

{Press Release} Six named Gamewell Family, SBS scholarship winners

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 9, 2020

Six named Gamewell Family, SBS scholarship winners

Leaders should embrace diversity: Aaron Gamewell


MADISON, S.D., September 9, 2020 – It’s an exciting time of year for Dr. Pam Rowland and Dr. Ashley Podhradsky, as the colleagues are able to award SBS Cybersecurity and Gamewell Family Endowed Scholarships to deserving CybHER students. This fall six students were awarded scholarships based on their exemplary leadership and cyber skills.

Rowland is assistant professor of Computer Science and Cyber Security and co-coordinator of the Center of Excellence, and Undergraduate Research Coordinator. Podhradsky is associate dean of The Beacom College of Computer and Cyber Sciences and associate professor of Information Assurance and Forensics.

While it is a pleasure to award the scholarships, there is a serious purpose behind the awards.

“If you are a true leader in the cybersecurity industry you will not only support diversity in the industry.... you will embrace it, encourage it, and demand it,” said Aaron Gamewell, CEO of SBS CyberSecurity. “This scholarship program is one of the ways SBS can contribute to the growth and diversity of the cyber workforce.”

The SBS CyberSecurity and Gamewell Family Foundation Scholarship was first granted in 2018, and has been awarded to students each semester since. Including the Fall 2020 group, 20 students have received a total of $7,500.

Gamewell said those at SBS have “truly enjoyed watching the number of scholarship recipients grow each semester. The first year we awarded two scholarships and this semester we awarded six!”

The young women granted the scholarships this fall include:

  • Shiann Baker, a cyber operations/computer science double major
  • Hayley Crawford, a cyber operations major from Tea, S.D.
  • Lauren Lawson, a cyber operations/network security and administration double major from Overland Park, Kansas
  • Claira Monroe, a computer science major from Malcolm, Nebr.
  • Hannah Newberry, a cyber operations/network security and administration major from Sterling, Ill.
  • Vanessa Schroeder, cyber operations major from Watertown, Minn.

“Our leadership team looks forward to visiting with the recipients each year,” Gamewell stated. “Their passion for learning, excitement to make a difference, and positive energy inspires and reinvigorates us. We have no doubt these young women will leave DSU and make a positive impact in whatever cyber avenue they choose.”



SBS/Gamewell Family scholars for Fall 2020 include: Claira Monroe (left), Lauren Lawson, Hannah Newbury, Vanessa Schroeder, and Haley Crawford. Not pictured is Shiann Baker.


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



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Posted: Monday, September 14, 2020
Categories: Blog, In the News