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CyberStart America 2021

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CyberStart America is a fun and interactive series of challenges that offer the chance to explore exciting topics such as cryptography, penetration testing and digital forensics.

Program Details

CyberStart America is a free national program for high school students to master cybersecurity as a gateway to the industry, up their digital skills, and compete for college scholarships!

Program Eligibility

To be eligible to participate, students must:

  • Be at least 13 years old
  • Be enrolled in 9th, 10th, 11th or 12th grade at a public or private school (or the homeschool equivalent).

Eligibility checks will be conducted throughout the process to ensure licenses, scholarships, and prizes are awarded to eligible students.

Everyone who signs up to CyberStart America can compete against all players for career-enabling college scholarships, but will also have the option to join one or more specialist CyberStart communities

Communities offer additional support and community-specific awards within the overall scholarship competition, and can give like-minded students the chance to share their CyberStart experience and help each other out.

Become a CyberStart America Advisor?

High school teachers can help find the next cybersecurity superstars by becoming Advisors and running a CyberStart America Club in their school. No previous cybersecurity knowledge or experience is required to join - just an enthusiasm to inspire your students to up their digital skills.

Press Releases

  • - Delaware High School Students Named “National Cyber Scholars"
  • - Delaware High School Students Named “National Cyber Scholars"

Delaware Students Making Positive Moves in the Cyber World!


CyberStart America Results:
416 Delaware Participants
40 Delaware Students Qualitifed

CyberStart America Scholar Winners

  • Annamarie Warnke, Padua Academy
  • Molly Shapiro, Padua Academy
  • Kelsey Mulrooney, Padua Academy
  • Albert Opher, Sanford School

Cyber Fast-Track Winners

  • Evan Timko, Delaware State University
  • Kirolos Boghdady, University of Delaware

CyberStart America Scholars awarded $1500 college scholarship money and free access to the Summer 2021 Cyber Foundation Academy / Cyber Fast-Track Winners earned $12,000 in scholarships and cyber training provided by the National Cyber Scholarship Foundation.


Read What The CyberStart Winners Are Saying!


Thank You!

Thank you to our Delaware Planning Team including members from the Department of Technology & Information, Department of Education, and Padua Academy for supporting this year's event in Delaware!