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Disaster Recovery Institute Announces the Winner of the Annual $5,000 DRI Foundation Scholarship

New York, NY, June 17 – Today, DRI International , the world's foremost business continuity and disaster recovery certification and education nonprofit organization announced the winner of the 2015 DRI Foundation scholarship award. The winner, Tyler Newsom, was chosen out of a pool of eligible applicants and will receive a $5,000 scholarship.

The scholarship, made possible by the generosity of DRI International and DRI Canada, was open to both U.S. and Canadian students enrolling in a 4-year undergraduate program for the upcoming fall semester. Applicants were judged based on a list of submission criteria, including academics, extracurricular activities, volunteerism, and an essay regarding community preparedness. To qualify, the applicant's parent or legal guardian had to be a DRI International Certified Professional in good standing.

"We believe that educating our youth about the importance of disaster preparedness today is key to guaranteeing a safer and more responsible community in the future," said DRI Foundation Chair AnneMarie Staley. "It was inspiring to see the quality of so many remarkable and talented applicants who did an excellent job writing and explaining their point of view about preparedness. It is a major source of pride and inspiration for our organization to be able to award this scholarship each year."

Newsom is a high school student with a 4.0 GPA. He is from Nolensville, Tennessee and is expected to attend the University of Tennessee at Knoxville this fall where he will major in engineering. This scholarship will help Newsom in his college journey as he sets out to pursue his career aspirations. "I am immensely grateful for the opportunity to win this scholarship," said Newsom. "Their financial support means a lot to me and encourages me to continue with my dreams and succeed in college."

Newsom is the son of David Newsom, a DRI certified Master Business Continuity Professional (MBCP), who is the Executive Director of Technology and Data Services for MSCI. "I’m very proud of Tyler and very grateful to DRI," he said.

To read the winning essay, visit: http://thedrifoundation.org/2015/06/18/dri-foundation-scholarship-read-the-winning-essay/

About the DRI Foundation
The Disaster Recovery International Foundation has a vision of resilient communities worldwide. We pursue that vision through promoting disaster risk reduction through partnership and education as well as aiding recovery efforts through fundraising and volunteerism. As a registered 501(c)3 corporation, the DRI Foundation serves as the charitable arm of DRI International.

About Disaster Recovery Institute
Disaster Recovery Institute International (DRI) is the leading nonprofit that helps organizations around the world prepare for and recover from disasters by providing education, accreditation, and thought leadership in business continuity and related fields. Founded in 1988, DRI International has 13,000+ certified professionals in more than 100 countries and conducts native-language training in more than 50 countries, offering in-depth courses ranging from introductory to masters level, as well as specialty certifications. The organization's annual DRI Conference brings together leading business continuity professionals from both the public and private sector to share best practices and participate in continuing education and volunteerism. Through its Collegiate Conferences series, DRI is helping to create the business continuity professionals of tomorrow, partnering with universities to introduce students and faculty to this rapidly-growing field through day-long networking and educational programs. As a recognized expert resource, DRI acts in an advisory capacity to international organizations and government institutions worldwide, helping to create industry standards and promote greater resiliency through public-private partnerships. DRI is an ANSI-accredited Standards Development Organization. www.drii.org

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