SIA Women in Security Forum Scholarship Program

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iNTRODUCING A NEW SCHOLARSHIP – At least $30,000 in AWARDS to be offered!

Multiple scholarships to be presented, worth at least $3,000 each

Open to employees of SIA member companies and to SIA student members

Apply now: Applications due June 15!

SIA Women in Security Forum Scholarship

The purpose of the SIA Women in Security Forum Scholarship program is to further educational opportunities for the widest spectrum of people and empower all to join the SIA Women in Security Forum and thrive in the security industry.

Applicants must meet all requirements set forth below to be considered eligible as a scholarship recipient.

  1. Each applicant must be either 1) a Security Industry Association (SIA) student member or 2) a member of the SIA Women in Security Forum and an employee of a SIA member company.
  2. Each student applicant must be enrolled in an accredited program offered by a trade or vocational school or an associate’s, bachelor’s or master’s degree program related to the security industry.
  3. Each industry applicant must have at least two years of professional experience in the security industry.
  1. Consistent with SIA’s goal to increase diversity within the security industry, careful consideration shall be given by the Scholarship Selection Committee to student member applicants enrolled in such curriculum offered by nationally-recognized women’s colleges and historically black colleges and universities.
  2. Each industry applicant must be a full-time employee of a SIA member company that is current on member dues, have worked for the employer for a minimum of six months at the time of the deadline and be in good standing within the employer organization. The designated SIA primary contact for a member company will verify eligible employees.
  3. 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. Submit documents in 12-point font, double spaced.

  1. 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 SIA Women in Security Forum Scholarship, and how will the awarded funds be used? (250 words minimum)
    • How would you promote diversity within the security industry and describe how you would implement it? (500 words minimum)
    • Describe what your ideal career path looks like and how you envision becoming a champion for industry diversity. (250 words minimum)
    • Who inspires you today, and why? (100 words minimum)
  2. At least two letters of recommendation. Please provide the name, title, email address and phone number for each reference.

Each applicant must submit a complete, signed application, together with all supporting documentation, including essays and one to 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.

Applications will be reviewed by a joint subcommittee of the SIA Women in Security Forum and the SIA Human Resources Committee.


Scholarship funds may be leveraged for any of the following purposes:

  • Registration costs for any SIA education or certification programs or conferences.
  • Registration costs for other industry education and certification programs.
  • Repayment of student loan debt
  • Tuition payments for courses that will lead to completion of accredited programs offered by trade and vocational schools or associate’s, bachelor’s or master’s degree programs related to the security industry.
  • Registration fees for industry webinar programs

scholarship selection committee

The Scholarship Selection Committee (the “Committee”) will consist of volunteers from the SIA Women in Security Forum and the SIA Human Resources 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 himself or herself from all deliberation and voting regarding the applicant’s application.


  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 submissions 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 five 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.

Application Grading Criteria

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

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

In order to be awarded a scholarship, applicants must receive a minimum score of 75 points out of a total of 100.

Award Details and Key Dates

The minimum scholarship award is $3,000.  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 Women in Security Forum Scholarship are due by Monday, June 15, and winners will be announced in late July.


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 value of the scholarship. If the course/program costs more than the awarded value, the recipient is responsible for the balance. If the cost of course/program is less than value of the 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.

In the case that you are seeking to use the funds for repayment of a student loan, SIA will pay up to the value of the scholarship to your loan provider. You will need to submit loan documentation to SIA.

donor pROGRAM

  • Funding of the scholarship program is achieved through contributions by individual members of SIA and member corporate support.
  • Unless specifically designated by a donor, contributions will be made toward the general scholarship fund.
  • Donations made in excess of $20,000 annually may have the privilege of “naming” a scholarship, subject to the approval of the Scholarship Committee and the SIA Executive Committee.

Tax Deductibility Status

Your contribution to SIA, a 501(c)(6) organization, is not a tax-deductible donation; however, each company making a donation should check to see if contributions can be deducted as part of the company's own business operations deductions.