David Dhermy had been working with the Springfield Department of Rehabilitation Services in order to pay for college. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there were many delays in employment that caused Dhermy to experience financial hardship.

Financial assistance that comes through funds such as the Edward J. Fyfe Scholarship gives students, such as Dhermy, the opportunity to continue their education despite the hardships they may face. “Were it not for such generosity, I would not be able to afford the privilege of attending ISU,” said Dhermy.

A cybersecurity major, Dhermy is the first to attend college in his household and on his father’s side of the family.

After graduation, Dhermy plans to become a computer security specialist. He hopes to make a difference by keeping people safe from threats such as data breaches and information leaks. Dhermy spent his summer teaching himself the basics of Python programming to prepare for the fall semester. “I’m excited to finally be making what feels like real progress in my life,” he said.