New Cybersecurity Partnership with Benedict College

Guaranteed Acceptance, Scholarships for ECPI University’s Master’s Program

ECPI University has entered into an agreement with Benedict College, extending guaranteed admissions and scholarships to graduates of the historically black college, located in Columbia, South Carolina. Three years ago, Benedict began offering a cybersecurity major and now seeks to provide a clear path for graduates to further their education.

Under this new agreement, Benedict cybersecurity students that graduate with a 2.5 GPA or greater will be guaranteed admission to ECPI University’s Master of Science in Cybersecurity program, receive priority acceptance, and have all application and registration fees waived.

Benedict College President Roslyn Clark Artis and ECPI University Charleston Campus President James Weaver

“When we think about partnerships, we mean mutually beneficial, symbiotic relationships,” said Benedict College President Roslyn Clark Artis. “So, as we begin to develop scholars in cybersecurity, those students have the opportunity to go on to a partner institution, ECPI, and earn a master’s degree. It’s critically important to the economy. Millions of jobs in our country depend on skilled, trained, qualified cybersecurity professionals.”

In addition to guaranteed acceptance, students who enroll from Benedict College will also receive a Lead, Instruct, Foster, Transform (LIFT) Scholarship of $5,000. This scholarship was created to improve access for African-Americans into programs that offer economic opportunity and upward mobility.

“In every way, education can be a great equalizer,” says ECPI Charleston Campus President James Weaver who was instrumental in creating the partnership. “By finding meaningful ways to increase access to education in all communities, our society stands a chance to break down the barriers of racial and income inequality through education.”

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