$15,000 in Scholarships for Young Professionals
The Security Industry Association (SIA) created the RISE scholarship program to support the education and career development goals of young security professionals just like you. The RISE scholarship program is open to SIA student members and RISE members who are employees of SIA member companies who want to expand their professional knowledge in the areas of business, human resources, information technology, marketing/sales, project management, security engineering, and risk management.
Through this scholarship program, five scholarships worth $3,000 each will be awarded. Scholarship funds can be used toward continuing education and professional development programs such as training and certifications.
Each scholarship will allow the recipient to complete a professional development course or education program. This scholarship is a win-win for both you as the applicant and for your employer. (Not part of RISE yet? Learn more here.)
2020 SIA RISE Scholarship Winners
Dr. Hanna Farah, Chief Technology Officer (CTO), Feenics
In his role as CTO at Feenics, Hanna Farah is responsible for creating a world-class security and access control platform and developing quality and security processes. Prior to his time at Feenics, Farah has held positions at Deloitte, Graphite Software, the University of Ottawa, Electronic Health Information Laboratory and IBM. He holds a Ph.D., a master’s degree and a bachelor’s degree in software engineering from the University of Ottawa.
Farah plans to use the SIA RISE Scholarship to develop further knowledge to build a robust security program at Feenics that ensures the company’s practice and products adhere to high security standards, including acquiring expertise and certifications such as the Certified Cloud Security Professional credential.
Kyle Gansemer, Systems Designer, VTI Security
At VTI Security, Kyle Gansemer is responsible for integrated security system design and review of system functionality to determine proper operation of access control, IP video and other security systems and controls. Prior to his time at VTI Security, he served as a design/manufacturing engineer at Optical Mechanics Incorporated.
Gansemer holds a bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering from Iowa State University and CompTIA’s Security+ and Network+ credentials. He plans to use the scholarship funds to expand his cybersecurity expertise through completing courses related to cloud services, ethical hacking/defenses and systems analysis.
Suzanne Holmberg, Data & Analytics Manager – EMEIA & APAC, Allegion
In her role at Allegion, Suzanne Holmberg is responsible for creating new teams in Europe and Asia to deliver on data integration, analysis and data science projects. Prior to her current role, Holmberg served as global analytics manager, analytics leader and sales business analyst at Allegion and held sales operations and marketing positions at Belden, Inc. She holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of South Carolina and is currently enrolled in the Global Executive MBA program at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business.
Holmberg will use the scholarship funds toward completion of the MBA program, which brings working professionals from around the globe together and grows individuals beyond their comfort zones through international residencies that emphasize how culture and institutions shape business in Asia, Latin America, Europe and North America.
Nelson Jenkins, Mechanical Engineer, Allegion
Nelson Jenkins is a design engineer with diverse experience across project lifecycle, including research and development, manufacturing and product leadership. At Allegion, he has started a grassroots organization to help promote a culture of innovation at the company. Prior to his role as product designer at Allegion, Jenkins served as design strategist consultant at Zeren Fitness and as a researcher with Carnegie Mellon University’s CSSI program.
Jenkins holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Michigan and a Bachelor of Science in applied physics from Morehouse College. He will use the scholarship funds to complete a course on disruptive theory offered through Harvard Business School.
Jessica Sargo, Channel Marketing Manager, Brivo
In her role at Brivo, Jessica Sargo leads efforts for a cross-departmental partner training program, supports partner recruitment and retention campaigns, develops web and mobile applications for partner conferences, creates communications plans and manages logistics for trade shows and partner events. Prior to her time at Brivo, she held marketing positions with TwentyEighty Strategy Execution and Teaching Strategies, LLC; she holds a bachelor’s degree in public relations from the University of Florida.
Sargo plans to use the scholarship funds to complete a digital marketing education course and further her knowledge of executing marketing techniques through social media, mobile applications, search engines and other digital channels.
- Five - $3,000 scholarships for continuing education and professional development
- Open to SIA student members and RISE members who are employees of SIA member companies
How the Scholarship Can Be Used
Recipients may choose to apply the scholarship to any of the following courses or programs:
- SIA program offerings (e.g., Security Project Management training seminars, Securing New Ground conference, SIA GovSummit conference)
- Courses/programs/events related to information technology (IT) or cybersecurity
- Relevant courses or programs offered by reputable associations, colleges, universities and private education firms related to your role and career in the security industry
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.
Applicants must meet all requirements set forth below to be considered eligible as a scholarship recipient.
- Each applicant must be either 1) a SIA student member or 2) a RISE program member and an employee of a SIA member company. (Not a RISE member yet? Start by visiting our RISE information page or emailing Katie Greatti. Unsure if your employer is a SIA member? Check our member directory or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.)
- Each applicant must have 1-5 years professional experience in the security industry.
- Each applicant must be a full-time employee of a SIA member company; have worked for the employer a minimum of six months at the time of the deadline and be in good standing within the employer organization.
- Applicants must submit a complete, signed application, together with all supporting documentation, including essays and 1-2 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.
- 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.
Each applicant must complete the application and include supporting documentation as follows:
- The application form, completed with accurate and up-to-date information.
- An essay answering the following questions:
- Why have you chosen to apply for the RISE scholarship and how will the money awarded be utilized? (500 words minimum)
- Where do you see the industry going within the next 5-10 years? (250 words minimum)
- Describe what your ideal career path looks like? (250 words minimum)
- What is your most notable professional accomplishment thus far in your career? (150 words minimum)
- How will continuing education and professional development contribute to your immediate and/or long-term career goals? (250 words minimum)
- At least one professional reference (preferably two). 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 RISE committee. 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- The scholarship award will be based on the Committee’s scores of the overall quality of the application and the scholarship essays. The five applications receiving the highest scores shall be awarded scholarships. In the case of a tie, the SIA CEO will make the final decision.
- 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.
- The decision of the Committee is final and not subject to review.
- 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:
|Fulfilled all eligibility requirements||Up to 10 points|
|References||Up to 10 points|
|Essay||Up 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|
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.
Applications for the 2020 SIA RISE Scholarship are now closed.
Each recipient must enroll in the approved 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 $3,000 value of the scholarship. If course/program costs more than $3,000, the recipient is responsible for the balance. If cost of course/program is less than $3,000 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.