New for 2018 is UMSA’s scholarship program. UMSA launched this program to prove their support and commitment to organizations and professionals in security and risk-related industries. By providing support in education UMSA hopes to offer financial assistance as a way to build the leaders of our future and sustain our industries.
There is a total of 12 scholarships broken up into (4) $3,000 scholarships and (8) $1,000 scholarships. Those who are encouraged to apply are undergraduate, graduate students or career transitioning professionals in the following fields:
- Business continuity and disaster recovery
- Governance, risk and compliance
- Physical security
Applicants must be a member of an UMSA affiliate or partner, or the spouse/ partner/ child of an affiliate member. UMSA affiliates included below:
- ASIS Minnesota Chapter
- ISACA Minnesota Chapter
- ISSA Minnesota Chapter
- InfraGard Minnesota Members Alliance
- ISC2 Twin Cities Chapter
- Minnesota State IT Center of Excellence
If you do not have a connection listed above to an UMSA affiliate, you may request an affiliate to sponsor your application.
Deadline to apply is March 5th, 2018. Recipients will be notified in April 2018.
In the U.S., 40,000 information security analyst jobs go unfilled every year, along with 200,000 other cybersecurity related roles. Simply put, there is a huge gap in the amount of jobs available and the amount of people qualified for those jobs. Out of all technology sectors, cybersecurity is the fastest growing. Combined, both of these factors are the reason why scholarships for the cybersecurity and risk-related fields are important. The demand for these professions requires education.