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CyberStart America

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The CyberStart America competition

In partnership with the National Cyber Scholarship Foundation (NCSF) and the SANS Institute, offers students in grades 9 through 12 free access to CyberStart, an immersive cybersecurity training game.

This year, Virginia ranked as one of the top five states nationally for the number of students registered for CyberStart America.

As part of the National Cyber Scholarship program, 12 Virginia students were named as national cyber scholars with honors, earning cyber training scholarships worth approximately $9,000 each. A whopping 208 Virginia students qualified as national cyber scholars, earning cyber training scholarships worth approximately $3,000 each.

This year's scholarships total approximately $732,000 statewide. 

Congratulations to our 2023 National Cyber Scholarship program winners: national cyber scholars, finalists, semi-finalists and to all Virginia students who participated!

National Scholars with Honors (in alphabetical order)

List of all Virginia scholars

Paris Akbari - Freedom High: South Riding, Virginia

Nikhil Boyalla - Freedom High: South Riding, Virginia

Bailey Crawford - Forest Park High: Woodbridge, Virginia

Jada Cumberland - Old Dominion University: Norfolk, Virginia

Marco Fernandez-Ribas - Bishop O'Connell High School: Arlington, Virginia

Nicolas Janis - William & Mary: Williamsburg, Virginia

Abdul Khilwatgar - Chantilly High: Chantilly, Virginia

Dominic King - Bishop O'Connell High School: Arlington, Virginia

Emmanuel Pajibo - George Mason University: Fairfax, Virginia

Caroline Richards - Lake Braddock Secondary: Burke, Virginia

Samuel Shibu - Appomattox Regional Governor's School: Petersburg, Virginia

Gabriel Sudarma - Hampden-Sydney College: Hampden-Sydney, Virginia

Daniel Tomov - Landstown High: Virginia Beach, Virginia

Registration and Resources


Are you interested in participating in 2023 and 2024?

CyberStart America registration 



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VITA News: 53 Virginia students named national cyber scholars in CyberStart America competition