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MassBay Receives $7,000 for Cyber Security Scholarships

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

WELLESLEY HILLS (December 1, 2015) – MassBay Community College received a generous donation of $7,000 from the annual Information Security Summit to support student scholarships in the field of cyber security.

The Information Security Summit, held each year on MassBay Community College’s Wellesley Hills campus, was established in 2013 to help professionals advance their programs and knowledge base on the latest network security and technology issues. A portion of the funds raised at the Summit is donated to the MassBay Foundation.

To date, the Information Security Summit and its attendees and sponsors have raised a total of $23,000 to support student scholarships.

Towerwall CEO Michelle Drolet, whose Framingham-based network security and policy management company is one of the lead sponsors of the Information Security Summit, along with MassBay’s Chief Information Officer Michael Lyons were on hand to present this year’s scholarship check to Interim President Yves Salomon-Fernandez and to Mary Shia, the executive director of the MassBay Foundation and the College’s Vice President for Institutional Advancement and Alumni Relations. Drolet is also a member of MassBay’s Foundation Board.

Sponsors of the Information Security Summit also include: Alien Vault, BROCADE, CDW-G, SOPHOS, TRENDMicro, Varios, VORMETRIC, WAVE, Gigamon, GovConnection Inc., HB Communications, Inc., HTS, McAfee, TCG Network Serices, TIBCO LogLogic, Towerwall, Gigamon, Xerox, Qualys, Fortinet, VASCO and WatchGuard.

Scholarships are available to full-time and part-time MassBay students in the form of Information Security Summit (Cyber Security) Scholarships.

The MassBay Foundation gives 100% of donations back to students in the form of student scholarships. The Information Security Summit Scholarship was created and is supported by the generous sponsors of the Information Security Summit established by Towerwall and MassBay Community College to support student’s studying in the cyber security field. Anyone interested in donating to student scholarships, learning more about our student scholarship program or getting involved with The MassBay Foundation can contact Mary Shia at

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MassBay Community College was recently ranked by the Brookings Institution as one of the top schools for value added and earned salaries in the workforce. Ranked #1 for 2-year colleges in Massachusetts, #2 in New England and ranked #16 nationally. The College’s facilities in Wellesley Hills, Framingham and Ashland house day, evening and weekend classes that meet the needs of degree-seeking students and career minded life-long learners. Online options provide convenience and allow faculty to facilitate the learning process. Since its founding in 1961, MassBay has been accredited by several governing bodies and strives to meet the needs of the diverse local communities it serves.

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