The National Cyber Scholarship Foundation ranked Chatham High School junior Sebastian Wu as a National Cyber Scholar with Honors in this year’s National Cyber Scholarship Competition.

“I started learning computer security three years ago, and I'm really proud of how far I've come," Wu said. "CyberStart America and picoCTF were great for preparing, and NCS was challenging and a lot of fun. I look forward to continuing my cybersecurity education through further challenges and the Cyber Foundations Academy."

This designation is only granted to the 30 highest-scoring scholars in the country. Wu is eligible to win a $3,000 scholarship to his chosen college as a result of this achievement. The competition was open to anyone who completed 20% of the CyberStart Game or qualified through picoCTF or CyberPatriot. In Wu's case, he qualified both through the CyberStart Game and picoCTF.

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“Congratulations to Sebastian on being named a National Cyber Scholar," Darren Groh, CHS principal, said. "This distinction comes with great honor as so few scholars are selected from across the country. Sebastian's commitment and dedication to cybersecurity is evident, and I expect that he is going to have a tremendous impact in the field in the future.”

The National Cyber Scholarship Foundation said, “Six hundred college scholarships will be awarded to the top-performing students* in the National Cyber Scholarship Competition. These are available to high school juniors and seniors only and can be used to pursue cybersecurity training at any US college of higher education.

National Cyber Scholars will be invited to the Cyber Foundations Academy taking place in Summer 2021. This multi-week online program is centered around the nationally recognized SANS Cyber Foundations online training course and certification try, worth over $3,000, plus a program of supporting enrichment activities including talks by America’s top cybersecurity experts with tech updates, and employers on cyber careers.

Additional scholarships may be available through sponsorship from colleges, corporate partners, or philanthropic organizations. Scholarship winners will also be awarded a National Cyber Scholar digital badge.”