The (ISC)2 Foundation, which aims to empower students, teachers and the general public with community cyber security education and awareness, has launched its scholarship application period for 2014.
The application deadline is 1 April (security fools not invited) to take advantage of the information security scholarship programme, designed for undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate students.
The scholarships not only encourage students to pursue careers in the industry, but also help address the growing skills crisis in cyber security, said the Foundation.
“It is critical that we work to fill society’s need for trained cyber security professionals by building the workforce of the future,” said Julie Peeler, director of the (ISC)² Foundation. “For many of these students, their financial situations are challenging and our scholarships provide the funding they need to continue their education."
The 2014 scholarship categories include two women’s scholarships worth a total of $40,000 (£25,000); and undergraduate scholarships worth up to $5,000 each.
There are also up to eight graduate research project grants worth up to $3,000 available, along with other awards available, including security certification exam vouchers.
“Since receiving a scholarship my student life has dramatically changed for the better,” said Patrick Katamba, a 2012 and 2013 undergraduate scholarship recipient at London Metropolitan University.
“Due to this financial support," said Katamba, "This year I didn’t have to worry about paying tuition fees. As a result, I also cut back on my weekly hours of work in order to fully concentrate on my studies."
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