Vice President Joe Biden To Announce $25 Million HBCU Cybersecurity Fund

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[Dallas, TX – January 20th , 2015 ]

Vice President Joe Biden, Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz, and White House Science Advisor John Holdren are set to appear at Norfolk State University in Virginia.

The group plan to announce that the Department of Energy (DOE) will provide a five-year, $25 million grant in support of cybersecurity education. The grant will go on to support the start of a cybersecurity consortium that includes 13 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), two national labs, and a k-12 school district.

Vice President Biden will announce the grant plan as part of a round table discussion with other cybersecurity leaders and students from Norfolk State. This week, President Barack Obama announced new plans to bolster the country’s cybersecurity policies and shared that this grant was part of the overall plan.


Addressing a growing demand for cybersecurity professionals in the U.S. job market, this grant will insure that there is diversity in hiring and pulling from a pool standout individuals in the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) fields will be possible.

Further, the Obama Administration’s commitment to supporting HBCUs is also the impetus behind the grant and funding program.

Read more about the CyberSecurity Proposal here [ ]


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Cherie S. White
Cherie S. White
Cherie S. White is Director of Digital Strategy for the Tom Joyner Foundation, a writer and editor.