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ISSA Education Foundation is excited to offer multiple opportunities to pursue Cybersecurity

Scholarship/Grant Application Period Opens February 1, 2021

Attention all current and future Cybersecurity Professionals. Let ISSA Education Foundation help fund your academic pursuits with the below scholarships and grants.  See below for specific scholarships being offered by ISSAEF and ISSA Chapters, and sponsorships by SANS and CSA.

ISSAEF Scholarships

  • $3,500 – E. Eugene Schultz, Jr., Memorial Scholarship for graduate studies
  • $3,500 – Howard A. Schmidt Memorial Scholarship for undergraduate studies
  • $2,000 – Shon Harris WIS (Women in Security) Memorial Scholarship for either undergraduate or graduate studies

To be eligible for an ISSAEF scholarship a student must be pursuing a career in computer science with a focus on information security or privacy, and must be an active, full-time undergraduate or graduate student in an information security related program.  The applicant must fulfill the eligibility requirements as established by the ISSA Educational Foundation (ISSAEF) Scholarship Committee. 

Final selections are determined by the ISSAEF Scholarship Committee members who review and evaluate all materials submitted.  

General Guidelines:

  • Recipient will be enrolled in an academic program which demonstrates an interest in Information Security but need not be an ISSA member.
  • Be classified as a sophomore, junior or senior or enrolled in a Graduate program as of the semester/quarter in which the award is received (Fall Term).
  • Recipient must be enrolled in an accredited college or university that is authorized to confer degrees at or above the baccalaureate level except as designated by a Chapter scholarship.
  • Checks for approved grant or scholarship recipients are made payable to the educational institution the recipient will attend.

Scholarship Eligibility Criteria is as Follows:

  • Academic Excellence: Applicants must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher for undergraduates or 3.0 or higher (on a 4.0 scale) for graduates. Please attach an unofficial transcript from the current or most recent institution.
  • Work Experience: Security-related work experience and/or completed security coursework.
  • Community Service: Volunteer work in the cybersecurity, information technology field, or other relevant areas.
  • Extracurricular Activities: Activities relating to information security, such as volunteer work, attendance at conferences, presentations, publications, and cybersecurity competitions.
  • Personal Statement: A short narrative describing the applicant’s background, chosen academic program, interests and goals in the information security field.
  • Relevant Certifications/Clubs: List memberships in cybersecurity or information technology professional organizations, certifications, or relevant student clubs.
  • Chapter Scholarships: Must be attending a Chapter designated institution.
  • Letters of Recommendation:  At least one letter of recommendation (two preferred). Must be from a faculty member, a cybersecurity professional, or an individual working in the cybersecurity profession that is familiar with your academic work, cybersecurity interests or experience in cybersecurity. The letter should include:
    • Their name, title, organization, and contact information and the name of the applicant.
    • Outline their position and how they know you.  Share what characteristics you display in the classroom or workplace, any knowledge of your interest or goals relating to cybersecurity, and the potential for your success in this field.

Recipient Responsibilities

  • Each scholarship recipient must be intending to pursue a career in the field of information security.
  • Recipients are encouraged to consider drafting an article for publication in the ISSA Journal, although this is not a requirement. The Foundation will assist in this effort, if desired.

ISSAEF Scholarship Application

ISSA Alamo Chapter Scholarships

  • $1,500 scholarship – George “Chip” Meadows Memorial Scholarship – 4-year San Antonio College or University
  • Two $1,000 scholarships – 4-year San Antonio College or University
    • Alamo Women’s Scholarship: Focuses on broadening the number of women in the Cybersecurity/Information Security industry.
    • Alamo Minority Scholarship: Focuses on broadening the number of underrepresented groups* in the Cybersecurity/Information Security industry. (*Defined as people of color who do not self-identify as White or Caucasian).
  • $500 – 2-year San Antonio College

To be eligible for an ISSA Alamo Chapter scholarship a student must be pursuing a career in computer science with a focus on information security or privacy. The applicant must fulfill the eligibility requirements as established by the ISSA Educational Foundation (ISSAEF) Scholarship Committee and the ISSA Alamo Chapter. 

Final selections are determined by the ISSAEF Scholarship Committee members who review and evaluate all materials submitted.  

General Guidelines:

  • Recipient will be enrolled in an academic program which demonstrates an interest in Information Security but need not be an ISSA member.
  • Enrolled in a college or university program related to Information Security as of the semester/quarter in which the award is received (Fall Term). Below are some of the eligible Colleges and Universities in the San Antonio, Texas area: 
  • Recipient must be enrolled in an accredited college or university that is authorized to confer degrees at or above the baccalaureate level except as designated by a Chapter scholarship.
  • Checks for approved grant or scholarship recipients are made payable to the educational institution the recipient will attend.

Scholarship Eligibility Criteria is as Follows:

  • Academic Excellence: Applicants must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher for (on a 4.0 scale). Please attach an unofficial transcript from the current or most recent institution.
  • Work Experience: Security-related work experience and/or completed security coursework.
  • Community Service: Volunteer work in the cybersecurity, information technology field, or other relevant areas.
  • Extracurricular Activities: Activities relating to information security, such as volunteer work, attendance at conferences, presentations, publications, and cybersecurity competitions.
  • Personal Statement: A short narrative describing the applicant’s background, chosen academic program, interests and goals in the information security field.
  • Relevant Certifications/Clubs: List memberships in cybersecurity or information technology professional organizations, certifications, or relevant student clubs.
  • Chapter Scholarships: Must be attending a Chapter designated institution.
  • Letters of Recommendation:  At least one letter of recommendation (two preferred). Must be from a faculty member, a cybersecurity professional, or an individual working in the cybersecurity profession that is familiar with your academic work, cybersecurity interests or experience in cybersecurity. The letter should include:
    • Their name, title, organization, and contact information and the name of the applicant.
    • Outline their position and how they know you.  Share what characteristics you display in the classroom or workplace, any knowledge of your interest or goals relating to cybersecurity, and the potential for your success in this field.

Recipient Responsibilities

  • Each scholarship recipient must be intending to pursue a career in the field of information security.
  • Recipients are encouraged to consider drafting an article for publication in the ISSA Journal, although this is not a requirement. The Foundation will assist in this effort, if desired.

ISSA Alamo Chapter Scholarship Application

SANS E. Eugene Schultz, Jr. Memorial Training Scholarship

General Guidelines :

  • Recipient will enroll in a single course which demonstrates an interest in Information Security but need not be an ISSA member.
  • Be an information technologist interested in a promotion, professional development, career transition or any individual wanting to transition into cybersecurity.
  • Recipient must notify ISSAEF within 30 days of enrollment.
  • Recipient must notify ISSAEF after completion of the course.
  • Recipient Checks or Registration Code for approved grant or training scholarship respectively are made payable to the awardee.
  • Course must be completed by Dec 31st of the award year.

SANS Training Scholarship Eligibility Criteria that will be evaluated includes:

  • Must be a resident of North America.
  • Professional Development Benefit: A personal statement that clearly outlines how the SANS course will benefit you as you transition into information security, or improve your understanding of information security, or advance your career in information security.
  • Relevant Certifications/Associations: List of memberships in professional organizations or relevant certifications that you currently hold.   
  • Resume:  Evaluation of your resume as it relates to the selected course of interest.
  • Extracurricular Activities Relating to Information Security: List volunteer work, attendance at conferences, presentations, publications, and cybersecurity competitions.
  • Community Service: List volunteer work in the cybersecurity, information technology field, or other relevant areas.
  • Recipients may only receive this award once in a lifetime.

Final selections are determined by the ISSAEF Scholarship Committee members who review and evaluate all materials submitted.  

SANS Training Scholarship Application

CSA Professional Development Grant

General Guidelines :

  • Recipient will enroll in a single course which demonstrates an interest in Information Security but need not be an ISSA member.
  • Be an information technologist interested in a promotion, professional development, career transition or any individual wanting to transition into cybersecurity.
  • Recipient must notify ISSAEF within 30 days of enrollment.
  • Recipient must notify ISSAEF after completion of the course.
  • Recipient Checks or Registration Code for approved grant or training scholarship respectively are made payable to the awardee.
  • Course must be completed by Dec 31st of the award year.

Professional Development Grant Criteria that will be evaluated includes:

  • Professional Development Benefit: A personal statement that clearly outlines how the course will benefit you as you transition into information security, or improve your understanding of information security, or advance your career in information security.
  • Relevant Certifications/Associations: List of memberships in professional organizations or relevant certifications that you currently hold. 
  • Resume:  Evaluation of your resume as it relates to the selected course of interest.
  • Extracurricular Activities Relating to Information Security: List volunteer work, attendance at conferences, presentations, publications, and cybersecurity competitions.  
  • Community Service: List volunteer work in the cybersecurity, information technology field, or other relevant areas.
  • Recipients are not eligible to apply for 5 years following their award.

Final selections are determined by the ISSAEF Scholarship Committee members who review and evaluate all materials submitted.  

CSA Professional Development Grant Application

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