Denis R. Hebert Identity Management Scholarship Program

$10,000 in Total Scholarship Awards for Your Professional Development Goals

Denis Hebert

In 2018, the Security Industry Association (SIA) Board of Directors established the Denis R. Hebert Identity Management Scholarship program in recognition of the substantial subject matter expertise Hebert offered and continues to offer to SIA members. His input has helped businesses to interpret and influence identity management trends and achieve greater business success.

As a member of the SIA Board of Directors and as SIA’s chairman of the board (2016-2018), Denis Hebert positively impacted SIA’s service to its members in the domain of identity management as evidenced through the development of many of its education, government relations and standards initiatives.

Two $5,000 Scholarships for Security Professionals

SIA created the Denis R. Hebert Scholarship program to support the professional development goals of individual SIA members who specialize in the field of identity management. Every year, two scholarships valued at $5,000 each will be awarded.

Each scholarship will allow the recipient to complete a 2-year associates degree, 4-year bachelor’s degree program or professional development course in the field of identity management (e.g., biometrics). The scholarship must be used for professional, relevant courses or programs offered by reputable associations, colleges, universities and/or private education firms related to your role and career in the security industry.

Key Dates

  • Deadline to Apply: March 1, 2019
  • Awards Announced: April 9, 2019 (at the Advance, held concurrently with ISC West)

Official Rules and Requirements

A complete application, including all necessary supporting documentation (as described below), must be submitted by the deadline. All application packets will be submitted electronically, without exception. Applications not submitted by the application deadline will not be considered; there will be no exceptions made to this requirement.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must meet all requirements set forth below to be eligible to be selected as a scholarship recipient:

  1. Each applicant must have 3-5 years professional experience in the security industry.
  2. Each applicant must be a full-time employee of a SIA member company with current membership and must have worked for the employer a minimum of one year at the time of the deadline and be in good standing within the employer organization.
  3. Applicants must submit a complete, signed application, together with all supporting documentation, including essays and two references, by the deadline. The completion of the application form does not create an obligation on the part of SIA to award a scholarship to the applicant.
  4. Current officers, directors and key employees of SIA and the immediate families of SIA officers, directors and key employees are not eligible to receive scholarships under the program.

Application Process

Each applicant must complete the application and include supporting documentation as follows:

  1. The application form, completed with accurate and up-to-date information.
  2. An essay answering the following questions:
    1. Why did you choose to apply for the Denis R. Hebert Identity Management Scholarship, and how you would use the money earned? (500 words minimum)
    2. What is the biggest trend in identity and privacy facing the industry today? (250 words minimum)
    3. What will be the biggest trend in identity and privacy facing the industry in 5 years? (250 words minimum)
  3. At least two references. Please provide the name, title, email address and phone number for each reference.

Scholarship Selection Committee

The Scholarship Selection Committee (the “Committee”) will consist of volunteers from the SIA Identity Working Group. Committee members are volunteers and perform their duties without compensation, financial or otherwise. If the Committee is reviewing the application of an applicant who is an employee of the Committee member’s company, or if the Committee member is otherwise conflicted with respect to the applicant, the Committee member shall recuse him or herself from all deliberation and voting regarding the applicant’s application.

Selection Process

  1. Only those applicants who meet the eligibility criteria and submit their completed applications and supporting documentation on or before the deadline (“qualified applications”) will be considered in the selection process.
  2. It is the applicant’s responsibility to submit a complete and signed application, along with all the supporting documentation, which must be received on or before the deadline. The Committee accepts no responsibility for incomplete applications, applications not in proper form, lost applications or any other submission not in compliance with these requirements or the instructions provided with the application.
  3. The Committee shall review each application and award points based on the applicant grading criteria set forth below. As noted above, a committee member with a conflict with respect to any applicant shall not participate in the review or grading of that applicant’s application and supporting materials.
  4. The scholarship award will be based on the Committee’s scores of the overall quality of the application and the scholarship essays. The two applications receiving the highest scores shall be awarded scholarships. In the case of a tie, the SIA CEO will make the final decision.
  5. Scholarship selection shall be made without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, disability, veteran status or any other category protected by federal, state or local law. Conversely, an applicant will not be selected solely based on one or more of the categories identified above.
  6. The decision of the Committee is final and not subject to review.
  7. All deliberations and decisions of the Committee shall be recorded in Committee meeting minutes, which shall be drafted contemporaneously with the review and decisions of the Committee.

Applicant Grading Criteria

The following applicant grading criteria will be followed by members of the Committee in reviewing applications and determining those applicants that will be granted scholarships:

Grading Criteria 
Fulfilled all eligibility requirementsUp to 10 points
ReferencesUp to 10 points
EssayUp to 50 points
Applicability of the selected course(s) of study toward the stated career goal(s)Up to 30 points
Up to 100 points

Award Date

All applicants will be notified via email, regardless if selected as a recipient or not, by the award date regarding the status of their scholarship application.

Award Redemption

Each recipient must enroll in the approved degree program or professional development course within 12 months of being awarded the scholarship and coordinate with SIA for course fee payment. SIA will pay for course/program enrollment on recipient’s behalf up to the $5,000 value of the scholarship. If course/program costs more than $5,000, the recipient is responsible for the balance. If cost of course/program is less than $5,000 scholarship award, the recipient will have a credit to use on related professional development within a 12-month period.

The scholarship money covers course entry fees or program attendance fees but will not cover study materials, travel costs or any other items related to the course.

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