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The gender-equity scholarship was made possible by Carl Willis-Ford, a faculty member at Whatcom Community College. (Courtesy photo)

BELLINGHAM ­—  The Whatcom Community College Foundation announces a new endowed scholarship fund to support gender equity in cybersecurity, made possible through the generous contribution of Carl Willis-Ford, longtime speaker and advocate for human-oriented cybersecurity and diversity and inclusion.

Doctoral research by Dr. Willis-Ford, who is on the full-time faculty in CIS/Cybersecurity at WCC, looks into how to improve the retention of women in the cybersecurity industry.

“There are many reasons to support gender equity in cybersecurity, including reducing the cybersecurity workforce shortage and research showing that gender diversity improves company performance,” Willis-Ford said. “The bottom line for me is that gender equity is simply the right way to do business. I was inspired by the generosity of Whatcom Community College’s faculty and staff in supporting students, and wanted to find a way that I could support students and further the cause of gender equity.”

If you are interested in creating or contributing to an endowed scholarship, contact the WCC Foundation at foundation@whatcom.edu or 360-383-3320.