President tate's scholarship first agenda



The security of our state determines the safety of our nation. As a key provider of energy, chemical products, food, and fiber, Louisiana is home to much of the United States’ most critical infrastructure and industries that all depend on cybersecurity. How we protect our data and defend ourselves against manipulation, exploitation, and attack is now a key concern for every business and organization, large and small. LSU will build upon its nationally recognized applied cybersecurity program to produce cyber warriors and leaders to protect our economy, people, and borders. Likewise, LSU will continue its proud tradition of service to our nation by reinvesting in military sciences and ROTC to further ensure the freedoms and safety of every U.S. citizen. 


Our economy and personal safety depends on expert leadership in cybersecurity as well as military science. Security impacts every area of our lives, from our health and well-being to upholding our democracy, and ensuring that manufacturers can produce and deliver goods without interruptions. In addition to mitigating and preventing related threats, there is a growing (and evolving) need to cultivate expertise in this field – which LSU will address through workforce development and training.


In service to our state and nation, LSU will reimagine the defense of our future. We will: 

  • Build the top applied cybersecurity operation in American higher education
  • Ensure alignment between scholarship and practice by partnering with industry, Louisiana National Guard, Louisiana State Police, and other state and federal agencies
  • Leverage our proud history of military service to elevate our ROTC program as one of top 10 in the nation


Military Tech & Cyber Defense in Action

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$7.575M Gift to Support Military Veterans, Advance LSU’s Scholarship First Agenda

A $7.575 million gift to LSU by the William A. Brookshire Foundation will elevate the College of Engineering’s Brookshire Scholars program, help launch the new Future Scholars Pipeline Initiative, and establish the William A. Brookshire Veterans Law Clinic.

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Let Nature Lead the Fight - Army Corps of Engineers Works with LSU to Protect Infrastructure

The US Army Corps of Engineers are looking to LSU's coastal expertise and commitment to national defense to help prepare military infrastructure and assets in coastal areas for the challenges presented by rising sea levels and other environmental hazards.

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LSU Receives Elite Cyber Designation from National Security Agency

LSU has been designated as a Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Operations by the National Security Agency, a status reserved for institutions capable of educating high-performing students and advancing operational technologies and techniques critical to intelligence, military and law enforcement organizations.

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Explore All Five Priorities

LSU has aligned core areas of strength and potential strength with Louisiana’s most important challenges and opportunities.