Capella University Continues to Empower Women, Awarding Full-Tuition Scholarships in Information Security

The online university awards two full-tuition scholarships to female
students in information assurance and security fields

MINNEAPOLIS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#analytics–The need for information security professionals is great; the need for
women in information security is even greater. According to a 2015
Women in Security study
by (ISC)2, women represent only
10% of the current workforce. To further empower women in
underrepresented career fields, Capella University, (,
a regionally accredited
online university
which offers online
degree programs
designed to help working adults advance in their
careers, has awarded two full-tuition scholarships to female students
specializing in information assurance and security.

This year’s winners are Leeandra Wesley and Grace Rubio. These women
have demonstrated outstanding leadership in this male-dominated field.
Leeandra is pursuing a Bachelor’s
of Science in Information Technology
with a specialization in
Information Assurance and Security. She is a U.S. Navy civilian who
leads and manages an Information Security Systems Engineering team to
build a functioning Cyber Threat Operations Center. “I am in a position
to influence decisions on system security during the design and building
phases. I hope to use the skills I receive from Capella’s undergraduate
degree program to supplement my job’s requirements and solidify my
standing in this and future job positions.”

Grace is pursuing a Master’s
degree in Information Assurance and Security
, with a specialization
in Digital Forensics. Throughout her career, Grace has made
contributions both as a digital forensics examiner and as a role model
and thought-leader in her field — authoring several case studies,
articles and publications widely used within the legal community.

“Not only will the Dr. Mary Brown Memorial Scholarship ease the
financial burden and resulting stress imposed by pursuing an advanced
degree, but it will also honor the next generation of women hoping to
pursue a career within information technology by granting me more time
and flexibility to provide mentorships and educational opportunities to
these young women,” said Rubio.

“We are proud to fund this full-tuition scholarship in honor of Dr. Mary
Brown, who served as a faculty leader in information technology at
Capella until she passed away in October 2015,” said Bill Dafnis, PhD,
Interim Dean of Technology at Capella University. “The scholarship
recognizes her passion and commitment to information security, and her
desire to attract more women to the field.”

Learn more about the two Capella Dr. Mary Brown Memorial scholarship
winners here.

About Capella University
University (
is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Founded in 1993, the
university is dedicated to providing flexible, professionally aligned
online degree programs designed to help working adults advance in their
careers. As of June 30, 2016, more than 38,000 students were enrolled in
Capella’s bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, and certificate programs.
Known for its commitment to learner success, academic quality and
innovations in online education, Capella pioneered competency-based
direct assessment programs allowing students to learn at their own pace.
Capella University is a wholly owned subsidiary of Capella Education
Company (NASDAQ: CPLA). For more information, call 1.888.CAPELLA


Capella University
Alicia Amling, 612-977-4836