(ISC)²® Foundation Offering Multiple Cybersecurity Scholarships and Certification Exam Vouchers

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U.S.A. Cyber Warrior Scholarships Now Available to Military Spouses; 2015 Women’s Scholarships and Q1 U.S.A. Cyber Warrior Scholarships Awarded

The (ISC)² (“ISC-squared”) Foundation, a charitable trust that aims to empower students, teachers and the general public to secure their online life with cybersecurity education and awareness programs, today announced its application periods for Undergraduate and Graduate Scholarships, U.S.A. Cyber Warrior Scholarship and Faculty Exam Vouchers program. The U.S.A. Cyber Warrior Scholarship program in partnership with Booz Allen Hamilton has been expanded to include spouses of U.S. military personnel.

“These scholarships are providing students with the opportunity to obtain a quality education in preparation for entering the in-demand cybersecurity industry,” said Julie Peeler, director, (ISC)² Foundation. “The Foundation is actively committed to providing more scholarships every year to help alleviate the information security workforce gap of 1.5 million professionals worldwide by 2020, as predicted by Frost & Sullivan analysts in our 2015 workforce study. We’re pleased to extend the U.S.A. Cyber Warrior Scholarship program to include military veteran’s spouses this year because we recognize that they are making sacrifices back home while their spouses are serving.”

The (ISC)² Foundation evaluates applicants based on academic excellence, passion for the industry and financial need. The (ISC)² Foundation Scholarship program has awarded the following individuals as 2015 scholarship recipients so far:

Q1 2015 (ISC)² U.S.A. Cyber Warrior Recipients
Jay Lyons, Georgia – former U.S. Army
Michael Nixon, Kansas – former U.S. Air Force
Pedro Morales, Texas – former U.S. Marine Corps
Wajahat Qureshi, Virginia – former U.S. Navy and current Navy Reservist

2015 (ISC)² Foundation Women’s Scholarship Recipients
Anna Truss, Turkmenistan – Excelsior College
Fumi Honda, United States – Stony Brook University
Michelle Hardesty, United States – University of Cincinnati
Rose Reinlib, United States – University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Yesenia Guadalupe Trejo Alfaro, Mexico – Universitat Oberta de Catalunya

The (ISC)² Foundation Scholarship program has already had a lasting impact on these individuals:

  • “The Women's Scholarship gives me hope for a better future because today, I know that there are people like those on the (ISC)² Scholarship Review Committee who trust in my abilities. This award will allow me to continue my studies in the master’s program in information security,” said Yesenia Trejo Alfaro.
  • “Receiving the Cyber Warrior Scholarship has given me great pride in my performance while in uniform, and has boosted my confidence to succeed in the civilian workforce. This scholarship grants me the opportunity to enhance my professional development in a field that I am absolutely passionate about. I highly recommend this scholarship to all transitioning veterans and their spouses whom are qualified to participate in this excellent opportunity,” said Pedro Morales.

The Undergraduate and Graduate Scholarship programs provide aspiring information security professionals with the opportunity to earn an education without financial burden. The Faculty Exam Voucher program was created to encourage more academic participation in the profession and the certification process. Qualified university or college faculty members will be provided with a voucher valid for one CISSP, CSSLP, CAP, CCFP or HCISPP exam and upon certification, the first year of Annual Maintenance Fees. The U.S.A. Cyber Warrior Scholarship program provides U.S. military veterans and their spouses with (ISC)² training materials and certification testing, as well as placement assistance, to help returning veterans as they transition into the civilian workforce.

The (ISC)² Foundation will accept applications for Faculty Exam Vouchers January 1, 2015 – December 31, 2015, with the next application period closing June 30, 2015. The application period for Undergraduate and Graduate Scholarships will close on June 17, 2015. The U.S.A. Cyber Warrior Scholarship program will accept applications until September 22, 2015. For additional information on the (ISC)² Foundation Scholarship program, please visit https://www.isc2cares.org/Scholarships/


About the (ISC)²® Foundation
The (ISC)² Foundation is a non-profit charitable trust that aims to empower students, teachers, and the general public to secure their online life by supporting cybersecurity education and awareness in the community through its programs and the efforts of its members. Through the (ISC)² Foundation, (ISC)²’s global membership of nearly 110,000 information and software security professionals seek to ensure that children everywhere have a positive, productive, and safe experience online, to spur the development of the next generation of cybersecurity professionals, and to illuminate major issues facing the industry now and in the future. For more information, please visit http://www.isc2cares.org.

About (ISC)²
Formed in 1989, (ISC)² is the largest not-for-profit membership body of certified information and software security professionals worldwide, with nearly 110,000 members in more than 160 countries. Globally recognized as the Gold Standard, (ISC)² issues the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP®) and related concentrations, as well as the Certified Secure Software Lifecycle Professional (CSSLP®), the Certified Cyber Forensics Professional (CCFPSM), Certified Cloud Security Professional (CCSPSM), Certified Authorization Professional (CAP®), HealthCare Information Security and Privacy Practitioner (HCISPPSM), and Systems Security Certified Practitioner (SSCP®) credentials to qualifying candidates. (ISC)²’s certifications are among the first information technology credentials to meet the stringent requirements of ISO/IEC Standard 17024, a global benchmark for assessing and certifying personnel. (ISC)² also offers education programs and services based on its CBK®, a compendium of information and software security topics. More information is available at http://www.isc2.org.


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