Brivo Announces the Winners of the 2021 NextGen Scholarship

In July 2021, the Brivo Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Committee announced the launch of the Brivo NextGen Scholarship, a program for underrepresented students enrolled in marketing, engineering, or business programs interested in the security industry at universities local to the Brivo Bethesda, MD offices, Hispanic Serving Institutions, and Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU).

The program was open to students continuing or re-enrolling at community colleges or undergraduate 4-year institutions including Howard University, Montgomery College, Morgan State University, University of Maryland – Baltimore County, and Towson University.

Brivo is pleased to announce the winners of this year’s NextGen Scholarship are Tartela Tabassum from the University of Maryland – Baltimore County, and Akosua Wordie from Howard University.

Tartela Tabassum Brivo NextGen Scholarship Winner

Tartela Tabassum

University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Akosua Wordie Brivo NextGen Scholarship Winner

Akosua Wordie


Tartela is a first-generation transfer student at the University of Maryland Baltimore County, pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science. She plans to continue her education, earn a Ph.D. and become an expert in computer science. She has volunteered her time and talents for Phi Theta Kappa and Intel IFSEF and enjoys working with people.

“My ideal career plan is to become a Software Engineer. Aside from my academics, right now I am looking for an internship and volunteering opportunities so that I could gain more skills, [and] knowledge, in my field.” – Tartela Tabassum

Akosua is a junior at Howard University, who is also majoring in computer science. She received the Chevron Award for her achievements at Howard’s Cybersecurity Research Center and continues to do her best as the only HBCU student selected for the U.S. Cyber Team. Her interests include filmmaking, cycling and writing her blog, Lost in Cyberspace.

“I am sincerely honored to have been selected as one of the recipients of the inaugural NextGen Scholarship Program. I would like to extend my gratitude to Brivo and especially the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee (DEI) for their commitment to diversity and for providing a supportive environment for students who want to make a difference.” – Akosua Wordie

Brivo would also like to acknowledge the overwhelming quality of the other applicants and their tremendous accomplishments. As leaders in our industry, we remain committed to opening doors to students who want to excel. We look forward to staying in contact with them should other Brivo opportunities arise and are excited to usher in this next generation of talent.

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