SIA and the University of Phoenix to Award Scholarships

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10 full-tuition scholarships available to employees of SIA member companies

Don Erickson

The SIA Scholarship Program provides employees of SIA member companies with an unparalleled opportunity to advance their careers through achievement in higher education.

The Security Industry Association (SIA) and the University of Phoenix today announced a scholarship program for employees of SIA member companies.

SIA, the leading nonprofit association representing global security companies, and the University of Phoenix, the largest private university in North America, have established the Security Industry Association Scholarship Program, which will award 10 scholarships covering full tuition for prospective students to complete an undergraduate or graduate degree program at the University. Recipients may choose to attend a University of Phoenix campus or complete a degree online.

“The SIA Scholarship Program provides employees of SIA member companies with an unparalleled opportunity to advance their careers through achievement in higher education,” said SIA CEO Don Erickson. “This opportunity represents precisely the sort of value SIA strives to provide its members, and I am very grateful to the University of Phoenix for working with us to change the lives of 10 ambitious individuals.”

The scholarship is open to full-time employees of SIA member companies. As part of the entry process, applicants will be required to author an essay and provide a letter of recommendation. High importance will be placed on the applicant’s desire to advance in their education, with an emphasis on furthering their careers, and their impact in the community in which they reside.

Applicants must submit their materials by Jan. 10, 2017, however SIA and the University of Phoenix will stop accepting applications once 150 complete and eligible submissions have been received.

A scholarship selection committee consisting of representatives from SIA and/or the University of Phoenix will review the applicants and will determine the recipients of the scholarship by March 2, 2017. All applicants with a submitted application will be notified via email, regardless if selected as a recipient or not, by the award date regarding the status of the scholarship.

Prospective scholars are invited to complete and submit an online application at A full list of rules and eligibility criteria are available at

About the Security Industry Association

The Security Industry Association (SIA) ( is the leading trade association for global security solution providers, with nearly 700 innovative member companies representing thousands of security leaders and experts who shape the future of the security industry. SIA protects and advances its members' interests by advocating pro-industry policies and legislation at the federal and state levels; creating open industry standards that enable integration; advancing industry professionalism through education and training; opening global market opportunities; and collaboration with other like-minded organizations. As a proud sponsor of ISC Events expos and conferences, SIA ensures its members have access to top-level buyers and influencers, as well as unparalleled learning and network opportunities. SIA also enhances the position of its members in the security marketplace through SIA Government Summit, which brings together private industry with government decision makers, and Securing New Ground®, the security industry's top executive conference for peer-to-peer networking.

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