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The Beacom College of Computer and Cyber Sciences

The Beacom College of Computer and Cyber Sciences houses some of the most in-demand and high-paying career fields in technology. This is where you can immerse yourself in the technology game along with creating a fun and lucrative career.  

Dakota State University is a Center of Excellence designated by the National Security Agency and The Department of Homeland Security. The undergraduate degree in cyber operations is the top technical program in the country where you will get to learn both defensive and offensive hacking techniques in cool (but safe) labs. Our tech-savviness doesn’t just stop in cyber operations either, we use this expertise in computer science, game design, network and security administration.

James Tower established this endowment to provide a scholarship to a junior or senior majoring in Digital Arts and Design, Computer Graphics, Web Design and Production, or Digital Storytelling and Production Animation as well as students majoring in Computer Information Systems, Computer Science and Computer and Network Security. Students must also have high academic standards and demonstrate strong scholarly ability.

This endowment was established in 2011 with a grant awarded to DSU Professor Dr. Josh Pauli from the National Science Foundation Scholarship for Service program and the Department of Defense Information Assurance Scholarship program. Scholarship for Service is a unique program designed to increase and strengthen the cadre of federal information assurance professionals that protect the government’s critical information infrastructure. This program provides scholarships that fully fund the typical costs that students pay for books, tuition, and room and board while attending an approved institution of higher learning.

Robert “Bob” and Doris Walker established this scholarship in 2010 in memory of Bob’s mother, Helen. She believed in getting an education and passed that belief down to her family. She was born in Madison, and after graduating high school went on to earn three degrees from Dakota State University. This scholarship is awarded to an upperclassman computer science major with a 3.0 or greater GPA.

Leo E. King and the late Jessie M. (Wood) King established this endowed scholarship to be awarded to an incoming freshman who is majoring in Computer Science. Preference is given to student from the South Dakota counties of Sanborn, Miner, Hanson, and Davison.

This endowment has been jointly established by SBS CyberSecurity and Aaron and Rene Gamewell. SBS CyberSecurity, LLC (SBS) is a premier cybersecurity consulting and audit firm. Since 2004, SBS has been dedicated to assisting organizations with the implantation of valuable risk management programs and to mitigating cybersecurity risks. The company has provided cybersecurity solutions to thousands of organizations across the United States and abroad, including financial institutions ranging in asset size from $12 million to over $130 billion. SBS delivers unique, turnkey solutions tailored to each client's needs, including risk management solutions, auditing, and education. SBS empowers customers to make more informed security decisions and trust the safety of their data.

Aaron and Rene Gamewell are advocates for expanding diversity in cybersecurity and are committed to CybHER's mission to empower, motivate, educate, and change the perception of girls and women in cybersecurity. By providing resources for girls from middle school through collegiate programs and into professional careers, CybHER will allow women to foster positive and encouraging relationships within this industry through original and curated content that educates and motivates women. Ultimately, CybHER's goal is to increase diversity by introducing more girls to cybersecurity, who will then transition to women in collegiate programs and highly trained professionals.

The intent of this endowment is to support scholarships in The Beacom College of Computer and Cyber Sciences and students who are involved in CybHER. SBS recognizes the national need for cybersecurity professionals and would like this gift to assist students in their educational costs.

This scholarship was established by Tom Halverson, Associate Professor in The Beacom College of Computer and Cyber Sciences at Dakota State University. The scholarship supports students majoring in The Beacom College of Computer and Cyber Sciences.