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CrowdStrike Foundation Announces NextGen Scholarship Recipients for Academic Year 2018 – 2019

Sunnyvale, CA – July 25, 2018 – The CrowdStrike Foundation, a nonprofit that funds scholarships, research and provides pro bono security software protection, today announced the recipients of its NextGen Scholarship awards for academic year 2018 – 2019. The four scholarship recipients were chosen from numerous outstanding applicants studying cybersecurity and/or AI at the graduate and undergraduate level at a range of universities across the United States.

The recipients of the NextGen scholarships for academic year 2018 – 2019 are:

  • Maggie Engler, graduate student at Stanford University
  • Louis Giardina, graduate student at Virginia Tech University
  • George Hasseltine, graduate student at Brown University
  • Nicole Krantz, undergraduate student at George Mason University

“The recipients of the NextGen Scholarship awards demonstrated both an excellent academic record and a strong passion for a career in cybersecurity or AI,” said Dmitri Alperovitch, president of the CrowdStrike Foundation and co-founder and chief technology officer of CrowdStrike. “The growing sophistication of adversaries intent on disruption, destruction and espionage is creating a huge demand for the best possible talent in cybersecurity to combat these threats, and the CrowdStrike Foundation is pleased to step up in supporting new talent with our NextGen Scholarship program.”

The CrowdStrike Foundation was established last year, and this is the inaugural round of its NextGen Scholarship awards for graduate and undergraduate students. The foundation will continue to support the next generation of talent and leadership in cybersecurity and AI and award scholarships through its NextGen Scholarship Program in upcoming years.

“The CrowdStrike Foundation underscores its commitment to the next generation of talent in cybersecurity with our NextGen Scholarship Program,” said George Kurtz, chairman of the board of the CrowdStrike Foundation and co-founder and chief executive officer of CrowdStrike. I congratulate the men and women selected in the inaugural round of NextGen Scholarships and look forward to the CrowdStrike Foundation supporting more and more university students pursuing studies and careers in cybersecurity.”

About the CrowdStrike Foundation

CrowdStrike® Inc., the leader in cloud-delivered endpoint protection established the CrowdStrike Foundation to nurture and develop the next generation of talent and research in cybersecurity and artificial intelligence (AI). The CrowdStrike Foundation, a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) nonprofit, funds scholarships and research, provides pro bono security software protection, and supports communities across the globe. Major programs of the CrowdStrike Foundation include:

  • NextGen Scholarship Program for undergraduate and graduate students studying cybersecurity and/or AI
  • Funding research at universities with leading cybersecurity and/or AI programs
  • Pro bono security software protection for nonprofit/nongovernmental organizations
  • Support for communities through philanthropy, volunteering, and other activities.

More information on the CrowdStrike Foundation’s programs can be accessed on the foundation’s website.


The CrowdStrike Foundation
Ilina Cashiola, 202-340-0517