The career field of Security is growing dramatically, and the need for qualified graduates is greater than ever. In order to assist a student in obtaining a degree in a security-related field, there are many public and private scholarships available to help defray the cost of education. The following list shows many of the scholarship programs available that specifically target degrees within the field of Security. Our desire is to provide direction to prospective students to help meet their educational (and subsequent career) goals.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) offers a scholarship program for undergraduate students pursuing their bachelor’s degrees in the field of homeland security. $5,000 is awarded to the recipient of the scholarship intended to cover education-related expenses. Applicants are required to be a U.S. citizen, able to hold a security clearance, be entering their sophomore or junior year of college, and agree to a minimum year-long service commitment within a DHS-approved facility at the time of their graduation. In addition to the scholarship, the DHS offers a number of programs designed to support students in their pursuit of health and science-focused security areas of study, including the National HS-STEM Summer Internship Program, the OHA Volunteer Scholars Program, the Nuclear Forensic Research Award, and more.
CIA Undergraduate Scholarship Program
The CIA (Central Intelligence Agency) offers a needs-based Undergraduate Scholarship program available to students in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. This scholarship offers undergraduate “an unmatched experience in a diverse and inclusive environment” providing students with both tuition assistance of up to $18,000 per calendar year as well as the opportunity to work at the CIA during summer breaks. In exchange for the extensive benefits the scholarship offers, recipients of the award must agree to continue working for the CIA following graduation for a period equal to 1.5 times the length of their college sponsorship. Applicants are required to demonstrate financial need, been accepted or currently enrolled in a 4- or 5-year college/university, hold a GPA of at least 3.0, and posses a “genuine interested in contributing to CIA’s mission.”
CyberCorps ®: Scholarship for Service
The CyberCorps ®: Scholarship for Service (SFS) is a program designed to “increase and strengthen the cadre of federal information assurance professionals that protect the government’s critical information infrastructure.” Funded through grants awarded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), the program provides scholarships which fund up to the entire cost of tuition and related fees. Scholarship recipients receive an additional stipend of $22,500 for undergraduate students and $34,000 for graduate students. Applicants must be enrolled in a homeland security degree program at a participating institution to be considered eligible and are required to have U.S. citizenship, meet all federal employment criteria, and be able to obtain a security clearance.
Peter Jasin Afio Endowment – Undergraduate and Graduate Scholarships
The Association of Former Intelligence Officers (AFIO) offers the Peter Jasin Afio Endowment – Undergraduate and Graduate Scholarships. The scholarships are offered in honor of the late Peter W. Jasin, a member and generous supporter of AFIO who served as an officer in one of its chapters. The Endowment awards six $4,000 scholarships each year to selected recipients who are pursuing their degree in the fields of counterterrorism, homeland security, intelligence, counterintelligence and intelligence-related disciplines. Applicants are required to be U.S. citizens actively enrolled in an accredited U.S. institution of higher education.
The Life’s Choices Foundation Graduate Scholarship Award
The Life’s Choices Foundation Graduate Scholarship Award is available through a donation made by the Morris Family Charitable Corporation and sponsored by the Association of Former Intelligence Officers (AFIO). This Scholarship Program awards two $3,500 scholarships to graduate students currently pursuing national security or intelligence studies and who are, or have intent of, serving within the United States Government. This award gives special consideration to applicants who are currently serving in government agencies comprising the U.S. Intelligence Community as well as to their children or grandchildren. Candidates are required to be U.S. citizens attending an accredited U.S. institution of higher education and are considered based on merit, character, background, estimated potential, and relevance of the candidate’s studies.
Colonel Sully H. de Fontaine Scholarship Award
The Association of Former Intelligence Officers (AFIO) offers the Colonel Sully H. de Fontaine Scholarship Award in honor of Col. de Fontaine’s “lifetime of service to the country.” This scholarship is available to students who are actively pursuing their undergraduate degree with the intent of pursuing a career within the U.S. Intelligence Community. A merit-based program, all candidates are required to be U.S. citizens with consideration made for character, seriousness of academic commitment, and the student’s academic major. Eligiblity is further limited to undergraduate students who are currently enrolled as either a sophomore or junior in a four-year accredited institution.
Al Ponte Graduate Scholarship Award
The Al Ponte Graduate Scholarship Award is offered by the Association of Former Intelligence Officers (AFIO) in honor of Mr. Albano F. Ponte and his active participation of “time, talent and funds donated to AFIO programs and development.” This scholarship is awarded to students of excellence who are pursuing an advanced degree in the field of homeland security with an emphasis in international relations or intelligence. Candidates are required to have U.S. citizenship, be enrolled at an accredited American graduate school, desire to serve in the Intelligence community and be AFIO members or children of serving Intelligence personnel.
National Security Scholars Program
The National Security Scholars Program (NSSP) is available provides a scholarship of up to $20,000 to eligible students attending I-Fund member colleges and are pursuing a degree in homeland or national security. Hosted by the Maryland Independent College and University Association (MICUA), the NSSP focuses on the “needs of the intelligence and defense industry in Maryland” and has awarded over $3,4 million in scholarships to more than 300 students over the last 19 years. Program benefits include the scholarship award, a paid summer internship in the Baltimore/Washington metropolitan area with a program Partner, as well as other unique opportunities to explore potential careers within the national security field.
AFCEA Cyber Studies & Intelligence Scholarships
Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA) offers the AFCEA Cyber Studies & Intelligence Scholarships. Applicants are required to be full-time students pursuing undergraduate or graduate degrees in the field directly relating to the support of U.S. intelligence or homeland security enterprises, and/or foreign languages; acceptable areas of study include cyber security and homeland security. The scholarship program awards $2,250 to $5,000 to recipients of the award. Candidates are required to be U.S. citizens, enrolled in a four-year accredited college, maintain a minimum overall GPA of 3.0, and desire to pursue a career in homeland security enterprise or America’s intelligence in order to be considered.
AFCEA STEM Major scholarship
The Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA) offers a number of scholarship programs, including the AFCEA STEM Major scholarship. Eligible applicants must be students of good standing majoring in STEM fields including cybersecurity, intelligence and homeland security-related disciplines. Undergraduate candidates are required to be enrolled full-time as sophomores or juniors in an accredited four-year college or university at the time they submit their application. Online programs are eligible however students enrolled in a two-year college are not. Students are required to have a current minimum GPA of 3.0 in their current program.
Indiana Homeland Security Foundation Scholarship Program
The Indiana Department of Homeland Security offers the Indiana Homeland Security Foundation Scholarship Program. The Foundation is one of the first of its kind in the U.S. and offers a Secure Indiana Scholarship designed to “provide higher education financial assistance for Indiana students who wish to pursue a degree.” The scholarship offers full-time students with at least twelve (12) credit hours a $2,000 scholarship and part-time students with a minimum of six (6) credit hours a $1,000 scholarship; all program funds are intended solely to reimburse eligible student educational expenses. The Scholarship Program is open to Indiana Residents who are an incoming or current student; certain other qualifications must be met and all applications are processed through the Indiana Grants Management Systems (iGMS).
CTU’s Homeland Security Grant
Colorado Technical University (CTU) awards the Homeland Security Grant annually for the amount of $5,000 (one-time grant). This scholarship is intended for “applicants who have been recognized as a current or future expert in the field of Homeland Security.” The grant is awarded proportionately over each session of the student’s academic year and is applied as a credit to the student’s account. Students are required to be enrolled in the Master of Science in Homeland Security to be considered eligible and must submit an application including a letter of recommendation and a minimum 500-word essay on how they intend to use the skills they acquire at CTU to benefit society.
CIA Graduate Scholarship Program
The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) of the U.S. government offers a Graduate Scholarship Program which awards tuition assistance of up to $18,000 per calendar year. A financial needs-based initiative, recipients of the scholarship must be enrolled full-time in an accredited college/university and work during summer breaks at the CIA. Due to the level of the CIA’s investment, scholarship recipients are expected to continue employment with the CIA for a specified timeframe – typically a period equal to 1.5 times the length of the college sponsorship. Minimum qualifications for the scholarship include demonstrated financial need, a GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, and availability to work at least one 90-day summer tour prior to graduation.
The Boren Scholarships is an initiative of the National Security Education Program, designed to offer “unique funding opportunities for U.S. undergraduate students who study less commonly taught languages in world regions critical to U.S. interests.” In order to become a Boren Scholar, candidates must prove a high level of motivation as well as a strong desire to work within the federal national security arena. Award amounts include an $8,000 summer program (a special initiative for STEM students only); $10,000 for a semester; and $20,000 for a 6-12 month period. In exchange for the funding, recipients of the Boren Scholarship must commit to working in the federal government for a minimum of one year following graduation.
Caterpillar Homeland Security Scholarship
Eastern Illinois University, among others, accepts the Caterpillar Homeland Security Scholarship. A needs-based scholarship program, the Caterpillar Homeland Security Scholarship is available for graduate or undergraduate students enrolled in a field of study related to Homeland Security (including, though not limited to, Applied Engineering & Technology or Technology). Preference is given to the student who successfully completes one or more courses in their security-related area of study. Enrollment for the Fall or Spring semester must be verified before the scholarship is awarded and the application deadline is March 15.
Army Staff Sgt. Richard S. Eaton Jr. Scholarship
The Army Staff Sgt. Richard S. Eaton Jr. Scholarship program is sponsored by the Lint Center for National Security Studies Inc. A $1,000 Memorial Scholarship, the fund is dedicated to the memory of the late U.S. Army Counterintelligence Special Agent and Bronze Star recipient, Staff Sgt. Richard S. Eaton Jr., who was killed in Ar Ramadi, Iraq in 2003. Candidates are required to be actively pursuing academic study in fields closely relating to counterintelligence, cultural understanding, national security studies, and alliance building. Included in their application, candidates are required to submit a current resume, proof of enrollment, college transcripts, written recommendations, and an 800-word essay.
The Jim & Anna Hyonjoo Lint Scholarship
The Jim & Anna Hyonjoo Lint Scholarship is sponsored by the Lint Center for National Security Studies. Designed to benefit dedicated scholars by furthering their education and career development, the scholarship is open to U.S. citizens pursuing their degree in the areas of International Affairs, Counterintelligence and National Security. Workers and the children of workers in these fields are encouraged to apply for the scholarship for the purpose of “improving national security and global understanding.” The scholarship awards $1,500 to recipients to be used for the cost of tuition and fees for classes only.
Janet Dilling and Robert McDaniel Scholarship
The Janet Dilling and Robert McDaniel Scholarship is offered by Florida State University (FSU). The Scholarship Fund is named in honor of two of the founding members of the Emergency Management and Homeland Security (EMHS) program at FSU and awards up to $1,500 towards academic support materials to military service members and military veterans. Candidates must express intent to pursue a career in Emergency Management of Homeland Security and demonstrate both academic excellence and financial need. The scholarship is awarded to one applicant annually and scholarship recipients are required to maintain a minimum GPA of 2.5 and remain enrolled as a student at FSU.
David L. Boren Undergraduate Scholarships
The David L. Boren Undergraduate Scholarships are sponsored by the National Security Education Program (NSEP) and grant up to $20,000 to outstanding students who are actively pursuing a degree in fields of study related to U.S. national security. Recipients of the award are expected to utilize their skills within the government by obtaining federal employment for a period of at least one year. Eligible students must be “committed to long-term, overseas immersive language study and public service,” and are required to study abroad in Asia, Africa, Eastern Europe, Latin America or the Middle East. Application requirements include having U.S. citizenship and enrollment in an approved, accredited institution of higher education.
The Horizons Scholarship is sponsored by the Women in Defense (WID) National Security Organization for the purpose of encouraging female students of excellence to pursue undergraduate or graduate degrees in fields related to cyber security, international relations, government relations, political science, national security, and homeland security. To qualify, candidates must be a female currently enrolled at an accredited university or college; have a minimum grade point average of 3.25; demonstrate financial need; demonstrate interest in pursuing a career related to national security or defense; and be an American citizen.
Cyber Security Scholarship
The Cyber Security Scholarship is sponsored by the Rural Technology Fund (RTF), an organization which “works to empower our future technology leaders and narrow the digital divide between rural and urban areas.” Awarded annually, the scholarship program is available to students from rural communities anywhere within the United States. A $1,000 scholarship, applicants must be intent on pursuing a degree in a computer technology related field with a focus on security. Applicants are required to answer a series of essay questions designed to “gauge the student’s passion for security and insight into the field, as well as the student’s sense of citizen ship and pride in their rural community.”
American Criminal Justice Association Scholarships
The American Criminal Justice Association (ACJA) offers a number of scholarship opportunities including programs offered through the Lambda Alpha Epsilon chapter. These scholarship programs are available to members; prospective students may join the organization when applying for a scholarship. Students must be enrolled in a criminal justice degree program in order to be considered and have a grade average of 3.0 or higher. ACJA scholarship programs include the Student paper Competition, the Richard McGrath Memorial Fund Award, and the Ron Pincomb Memorial Fund Award. Each program is competitive and interested members may contact the chapter’s Executive Secretary to obtain their applications.
Mr. Jack McCoy Scholarship
The Lint Center for National Security Studies offers the Mr. Jack McCoy Scholarship which awards $500 to recipients. Named in honor of Korean War veteran, to be considered for the scholarship applicants must be currently accepted or enrolled in an accredited U.S. institution with the intent to pursue a degree related to the field of national security such as international affairs, counterintelligence, homeland security, etc. An essay on the topic of personal diplomacy outside of normal diplomatic channels is required as part of the application for this scholarship.
Department of Defense Cyber Security Scholarship
The Department of Defense Cyber Security Scholarship program awards full tuition plus a stipend to undergraduate and graduate students who meet or surpass the program’s requirements. The purpose of the program is to “increase the number of qualified students entering the fields of information assurance, information technology, and cybersecurity to meet the Department of Defense’s increasing dependence on cybersecurity for war fighting and the security of its information infrastructure.” Candidates must be a citizen of the U.S., must be enrolled or accepted into an indentified CAE college/university, and must agree to be in the employ of the Department of Defense as a civilian employee for one calendar year for each year of the scholarship assistance.
Virginia & Frank Misselhorn Memorial Scholarship
The Virginia & Frank Misselhorn Memorial Scholarship is offered by the Lint Center for National Security Studies. This scholarship is awarded to the runner-up candidate of the Jim & Anna Hyonjoo Lint and is designed to “help further the education and career development of scholars, especially in the areas of International Affairs, Counterintelligence and National Security.” The scholarship fund awards $500 to recipients and is one of the Center’s most sought after awards. The deadline for the scholarship application is July 31.
American Best’s Security Scholarship
The American Best’s Security Scholarship is a $500 scholarship offered by the American Best Locksmith. Available to students interested in pursuing careers in security, applicants are required to be a graduating senior from an American high school, maintain a minimum GPA of 2.5, have admission to a post-secondary school with a primary concentration that is security related (i.e. criminal justice, locksmith, police officer), and submit an essay of at least 300 words in length describing why they wish to become a security professional. The application deadline is May 30 with winners announced June 6.
Thurgood Marshall Scholarship
The Thurgood Marshall Scholarship is sponsored by the National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice (NABCJ). A $2,000 scholarship, the award is presented annually at the NABCJ’s Annual Conference and Training Institute to students who demonstrate both financial need and academic excellence. The Scholarship’s purpose is to “offer deserving students financial assistance in continuing their education in the criminal justice field.” The scholarship is presented to the best candidate who intends on pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice (or other closely related field) who is currently in good scholastic standing. Candidates must maintain the equivalent of a “B” grade average, provide a copy of their current transcript, and submit a 1,000-word essay.
WIFLE Scholarship Program
Women in Federal Law Enforcement (WIFLE) offers the WIFLE Scholarship Program through the WIFLE Foundation, Inc. Available to talented female students who are actively pursuing a degree in law enforcement or related fields, the scholarship offers $2,500 towards the cost of their education. The scholarships are awarded based on the student’s “academic potential, achievement, and commitment to serving communities in the field of law enforcement.” Open to all eligible persons, applicants must submit a 500-word essay, college transcripts, and a letter of recommendation from their sponsor along with their application. Application opens February 15 and closes May 1.
Irlet Anderson Scholarship Award
The Irlet Anderson Scholarship Award is administered through the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE) awarding up to $3,500 towards the educational expenses African American high school seniors who have demonstrated intent to pursue a career in criminal justice, law enforcement, criminology, forensics, homeland security or a related field. Applicants must be a U.S. citizen, been accepted into an accredited college, demonstrate financial need, and maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.8 or above.
James and Alana Bishop Monaghan Scholarship
The James and Alana Bishop Monaghan Scholarship is administered through Tulane University to annually award $500 to part-time undergraduate students who have officially declared a major or minor in Homeland Security Studies. A fall semester award, more than one scholarship may be awarded depending on available funds. Applicants must demonstrate academic merit as well as financial need to be considered eligible and must submit an application which includes a personal statement.
International Association for Intelligence Education Scholarship
Administered through the Lint Center for National Security Studies in partnership with the IAFIE, the International Association for Intelligence Education Scholarship offers $1,500 towards recipients’ educational expenses. This scholarship is available for Intelligence professionals and personnel who are actively seeking a carrer in the Intelligence field. Applicants are required to submit an essay describing their affiliation with the Intelligence career field and/or how they are currently working towards that goal. Recipients of the award will be eligible to enter into the Lint Center’s mentor program.
LivSecure Student Scholarships
The LivSecure Student Scholarships award $1,000 to recipients for the purpose of covering college tuition. Available to students who are intent on pursuing their associate’s or bachelor’s degree in an area related to law enforcement, criminal justice, public safety, law, or homeland security, in order to qualify candidates must be graduating high school seniors or college freshmen in good standing. Part of the application requires a 500-1,000 word essay describing how they envision impacting the relationship between law enforcement professionals and civilians in their career.
AFCEA War Veterans Scholarship
The AFCEA (Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association) offers a merit-based War Veterans Scholarships available to Afghanistan and Iraq War veterans seeking an undergraduate degree. The program is sponsored largely in part by the AFCEA’s Northern Virginia Chapter and awards $2,500 to recipients who are either on active duty in the uniformed military services or are honorably discharged U.S. military veterans of the Enduring Freedom-Afghanistan or Iraqi Freedom Operations (2004-present). Recipients are required to be U.S. citizen, enrolled part- or full-time at an eligible undergraduate institution, and must be pursuing an eligible STEM major including (though not limited to) Cybersecurity, Intelligence, or Strategic Intelligence.
William J. Yankee Memorial Scholarship
The American Polygraph Association sponsors an annual scholarship, known as the William J. Yankee Memorial Scholarship, in honor of Dr. Yankee and his contribution to examiner education. Through the scholarship program, the American Polygraph Association (APA) underwrites the cost of basic polygraph training at an APA accredited school each year, up to the amount of $5,000. The scholarship is open to students who hold a four-year degree from an accredited college or university; qualify for APA membership; and are accepted into an APA accredited basic polygraph examiner training course. Applicants are required to submit a 1,000 word essay on detection of deception, interviewing, interrogation or related field and must submit a minimum of two (2) letters of recommendation.
Virginia Sheriffs’ Institute Scholarship Program
The Virginia Sheriffs’ Institute offers a Scholarship program to eligible students. Available to permanent residents of a Virginia county or city where the local sheriff is a member of the Virginia Sheriffs’ Institute (VSI), applicants must be intent on pursuing a major in the field of criminal justice to qualify for the scholarship. Applications are required to be submitted online with all required documents by May 1 and only students attending Virginia colleges and universities will be considered. VSI offers two types of scholarships, available to either full-time or part-time students.
Richard L. Resurreccion Public Safety Scholarship
The Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society offers the Richard L. Resurreccion Public Safety Scholarship. The scholarship was established in honor of Richard L. Resurreccion, a member of the Board of Directors of the International Public Safety Leadership and Ethics Institute (IPSLEI) who was widely known for his “expertise in the areas of life safety, technology and emergency management.” In order to be considered, candidates must be a Phi Theta Kappa member in good standing; hold a minimum cumulative 3.5 GPA; be actively enrolled in a two-year college; and be pursuing an associate degree in a public safety-related field. Eligible programs include Criminal Justice, Public Safety Administration, and Homeland Security.
Raytheon’s Women Cyber Security Scholarship
The Center for Cyber Safety and Education offers the Raytheon’s Women Cyber Security Scholarship which awards two scholarships to high school seniors or first year undergraduate students. Offered in order to advance the organization’s mission to develop global cyber talent, the scholarship awards $8,000 towards tuition costs, one exam voucher, and internship opportunities that are available on a case by case basis. Candidates are required to be a U.S. citizen, must be actively or intending to pursue a degree with a cybersecurity or information security focus, and have a cumulative GPA of 3.30.
Victoria Ovis Memorial Scholarship
The Victoria Ovis Memorial Scholarship is awarded annually through the sponsorship of the First Responders Children’s Foundation. Named in honor of Victoria Ovis, a 30-year veteran in the field of law enforcement within the United States Customs Service and the Department of Homeland Security, the scholarship is designed to honor “one outstanding student each year in Victoria’s memory with an award for a single academic year.” The scholarship is awarded to a child of a law enforcement officer or firefighter who was killed or permanently disabled in the line of duty. The scholarship award is needs-based and takes academic excellence and character into consideration.
The Women In Defense (WID) Michigan Chapter offers the HORIZONS-Michigan Scholarship. Applicants are required to demonstrate an interest to pursue a career related to national defense or security, or be currently working in this field. Only candidates who meet the following criteria will be considered: must be a U.S. Citizen; a female; reside in the state of Michigan; and be currently enrolled at an accredited Michigan university or college, either full- or part-time.
McGaughey Family Scholarship
Administered through the Lint Center for National Security Studies, the McGaughey Family Scholarship is funded by the generous donation of Doug M. McGaughey, CPP, CI Special Agent, USA (CW2, Ret). The scholarship program’s purpose is to “identify and recognize outstanding recipients pursuing scholastic study in fields related to Alliance Building, Counterintelligence, Cultural Understanding, and National Security.” Workers within the above named fields, as well as their children, are particularly encouraged to apply for the scholarship.
ISSA Education Foundation Scholarships
The Information Systems Security Association (ISSA) awards multiple Education Foundation Scholarships through its San Francisco and Denver chapters to qualified undergraduate and graduate students who are enrolled fulltime in an information security and privacy or related program. Candidates are required to be intent on a career in information security and must submit their application between April 2 and May 31.
ASIS Foundation and Transition Ad Hoc Council Law Enforcement Certification Scholarships
The American Society for Industrial Security (ASIS) Foundation sponsors several scholarship programs including the ASIS Foundation and Transition Ad Hoc Council Law Enforcement Certification Scholarships. Applicants must be an active law enforcement officer, an ASIS member in good standing, and meet the requirements of the ISIS board certification. A career development scholarship, these scholarships are made possible thanks to the Law Enforcement Liaison Council which offers generous support. The scholarship includes the choice of the CPP or PSP Online Review Course and includes a voucher that covers the cost of the corresponding certification testing fees.
Information Assurance Scholarship Program (IASP)
The Information Assurance Scholarship Program (IASP) is available to students at designated Centers of Excellence in cybersecurity education. Recipients of the scholarship are awarded full scholarship packages including undergraduate and graduate tuition as well as a stipend for room and board. Scholarship winners must agree to employment within the federal government in the area of cybersecurity for at least one year following graduation. Candidates must apply through a participating college or university.
Edwin G. Michaelian Scholarship
The Edwin G. Michaelian Scholarship is sponsored through New York’s Westchester County. The scholarship is awarded to outstanding students and covers 25% of tuition costs per semester for graduate courses at Pace University leading to degrees in a number of areas including Public Safety & Homeland Security. A restricted program, applicants must match certain guidelines that include holding a bachelor’s degree; serve as a valued employee of Westchester County or local municipality; have a minimum of three (3) years in government employment; and have career goals which are consistent with the overall sponsoring government.
Harold Johnson Law Enforcement Scholarship
Awarded by the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, the Harold Johnson Law Enforcement Scholarship is open to graduating high school seniors who demonstrate a desire to pursue careers in fields related to criminal justice and homeland security. The scholarship program was established honor of Police Chief Harold “Hal” Johnson for the purposes of providing financial support to deserving students. Up two seven one-time scholarships are available equaling up to $5,000 per student. In order to qualify, candidates must hold a minimum cumulative grand point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale; be a current graduating senior or graduate of a public or private high school in the San Francisco Bay Area; plan to enroll (or currently enrolled) in a two- or four-year college, university or police academy as a full-time student; and be a U.S. citizen.
IAEM Undergraduate Student Scholarship
The International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM) offers an annual Undergraduate Student Scholarship which awards $1,000 towards tuition costs for outstanding students who are actively pursuing their degree in areas related to emergency management, disaster preparedness, and homeland security. A competitive scholarship, applications must include two essay question responses on the student’s future career aspirations; an official sealed transcript; a minimum of three references; and proof of enrollment.
‘Quest for Knowledge’ Scholarship: Christopher J. Coffland
Lint Center for National Security Studies is the administrator of the ‘Quest for Knowledge’ Scholarship, dedicated to the memory of Christopher J. Coffland. Assigned to the 323rd Military Intelligence Battalion, Corporal Coffland was killed in action during the Operation Enduring Freedom in Wardak Providence, Afghanistan. The scholarship awards $500 towards the educational expenses of students. Applicants of this scholarship program are required to submit an essay on the topic of American intelligence.
Ken Miller Scholarship for Advanced Remote Sensing
The Ken Miller Scholarship for Advanced Remote Sensing is administered through a partnership between the United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (USGIF) and Riverside Research. The $10,000 scholarship is awarded annually to a master’s student who is currently employed or seeking employment within the Defense and Intelligence workforce. USGIF’s intent is to assist promising students and offers this and several other scholarship programs in an effort to promote the study of Geospatial Intelligence and related programs.
Rebecca Gurley Bace SWSIS Scholarship
The SWSIS (Scholarships for Women Studying Information Security) program, in partnership with the Applied Computer Security Associates (ACSA) and Computing Research Association-Women (CRA-W) offers scholarships of up to $10,000 to women pursuing their bachelors or master’s degree in areas related to information security. The purpose of the scholarship program is to “provide assistance to women at the formative stages of their careers in [the field of information security].” Formally known as the Rebecca Gurley Bace SWSIS Scholarship, applicants are required to be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident and must be currently accepted or enrolled in a U.S. university.
ISACA University Scholarships
ISACA is an international professional association focused on IT governance. Standing for ‘Information Systems Audit and Control Association’ (though the organization goes by its acronym only), ISACA offers several scholarship opportunities through its several chapters located in North America, Asia, Europe/Africa and Oceania. Available to students pursuing careers within IT Governance, Information Security, Information Systems Auditing and other related fields, scholarship awards may include cash, ISACA membership and other benefits. Interested students are encouraged to seek information through their local chapters.