Mason Molesky, a 2016 Alma College graduate, was awarded the nationally competitive CyberCorps Scholarship to pursue graduate study and a career in cyber security.
The scholarship, awarded by the National Science Foundation and the Department of Homeland Security, provides full funding for graduate school tuition, fees and books plus a living-expense stipend and professional development allowance for up to three years.
A Passion for Cyber Security
Molesky, a mathematics major with a computer science minor, will pursue his master’s degree in cyber security at George Washington University. After completing his master’s degree coursework, he will help protect the nation’s information infrastructure by working as a security expert for the federal government.
“I am very excited and grateful to have received the CyberCorps Scholarship, and I look forward to my studies at GWU,” says Molesky. “The opportunities offered by the CyberCorps Scholarship are life-changing, and I am eager to see what the future has in store for me.
“Cyber security is something I feel passionate about,” says Molesky. “At GWU, there is an application process that is used to shrink the applicant pool. I met with the program director and professors several times and completed an interview before receiving the scholarship.”
A dual-enrolled student while in high school, Molesky was heavily involved in campus activities as a full-time student. In addition to his academic work, he was involved with such student organizations as Alpha Phi Omega (service fraternity), Barrister’s Society, Mathematics Club, Chemistry Club, Biology Club and the Alma Choir. He also worked multiple campus jobs, including network and system assistant for information technology, and served as a tutor for the mathematics and computer science department.
Research at NASA
In addition, he was a meteorite/asteroid research assistant for a NASA-supported project under the mentorship of chemistry professor Melissa Strait.
“Alma College offers a wide variety of opportunities that have allowed me to succeed,” he says. “My research on meteorites with Dr. Strait provided an excellent opportunity to build professional skills, face intricate problems, work with leading scientists, and encounter many other experiences to prepare me for a future career.”
Alma College’s Nationally Competitive Scholarship Committee identifies and nurtures exceptional candidates for nationally competitive scholarships, grants and awards. The committee helps finalists search for scholarships and reviews proposals and applications.