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Three local students have earned nearly $16,000 in scholarship money for their efforts dealing with cybersecurity.

Human Al-Shami is a high school junior studying at Arkansas Connections Academy, which is based in Magnolia.

Al-Shami founded the Magnolia Cybersecurity Club. Along with members Mohammed Alroobi and Nasif Ahmed, they competed in Cyberstart America.

Alroobi is a freshman at Magnolia High School, while Nasif is a freshman at the Arkansas Connections Academy.

Al-Shami led the team through the Cyberstart America competition and they were recognized as Scholars and Scholars with Honors respectively.

Al-Shami attained status of Scholar with Honors this year, winning over $9,000 in scholarships to pursue advanced cybersecurity training with the SANS Institute.

Nasif and Mohammed were qualified as Scholars this year, winning over $3,400 in scholarships to pursue advanced cybersecurity training with the SANS Institute.

In total, the team won over $15,800 in scholarships.

The competition is nation-wide and the Magnolia team competed among a pool of over 40,000 students, being among the top 1% of participants in the case of achieving rank of scholar with honors and among the top 5% in the case of achieving rank of scholars.

The National Cyber Scholarship Foundation recognizes high school students who have demonstrated exceptional cybersecurity prowess and who wish to pursue a career in a growing field in critical need of their talent. The NCSF mission is to i

dentify and develop the next generation of cyber professionals. Each and every student who participated in this competition has the potential to develop their skills and build a successful career in cybersecurity.

There are several qualification pathways to gain a National Cyber Scholarship, including CyberStart America, a free online program that helps students discover their interest in cybersecurity and develop their talent and skills.

The NCSF offers $5 million in scholarships to top-ranking competitors. The highest-scoring eligible CyberStart players will become National Cyber Scholars and will be invited to participate in the Cyber Foundations Academy.

To learn more visit: National Cyber Scholarship Foundation.


The National Cyber Scholarship Foundation is a national non-profit whose mission is to identify, nurture and empower the next generation of cybersecurity experts; and eliminate the cybersecurity skills gap in the United States. The NCSF aims to support the entry of thousands of talented students into the cybersecurity industry by providing enrichment opportunities, world- class training, and scholarships to fund further study.

CyberStart America

CyberStart America is a free national program for high school students, aiming to uncover hidden cyber talents, and identify and develop the next generation of cyber superstars. CyberStart’s immersive gamified learning platform can take students from zero cybersecurity knowledge to possessing the skills necessary to complete a wide variety of realistic cybersecurity challenges and earn a scholarship in a matter of weeks. Students new to the field with a strong aptitude, as well as students with existing interest in the field, can use the platform to train and qualify as a National Cyber Scholar, giving them the opportunity to earn life-changing scholarship opportunities.


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