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UMSA Scholarship Program

UMSA launched its scholarship program in support of our continued efforts in interdisciplinary collaboration and education. Just as we are committed to supporting organizations and professionals in security and risk-related industries, so are we committed to providing support in education. Through this scholarship program, we aim to provide financial assistance as a way to build the leaders of our future and sustain our industries.

To fully support the scholarship program and for other educational support, UMSA launched the UMSA Foundation.

The mission of the UMSA Foundation is two-fold:

  • support the research and education in matters involving security and risk related profession, organizations and practices
  • promote, develop, foster, and support a scholarship program for individuals pursuing a security and risk related profession

The 2022 UMSA scholarship program is NOW OPEN with applications due by February 28, 2022.

Apply here for the 2022 scholarship(s). 

Important Dates

September 1, 2021: Scholarship application opens

February 28, 2022: Scholarship application closes

April, 2022: Winners announced

May 11, 2022: Winners receive recognition at Secure360 Twin Cities

The scholarship program offers four (4) $3,000 scholarships and eight (8) $1,000 scholarships for undergraduate, graduate or continuing education programs in the any of the following fields (applicants can apply in more than one field):

  • Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery
  • Cybersecurity
  • Governance, Risk and Compliance
  • Physical Security

The recipients of the 2022 UMSA scholarships will be notified in April 2022 and invited to receive recognition during the May 2022 Secure360 Twin Cities Conference at which time they will receive their scholarship dollars. Recipients may also be recognized at additional Secure360 events during 2022 as schedules permit.

Scholarship Eligibility

Applicants must be enrolled in a college or university for undergraduate and graduate students, or in a continuing education program either in the current or upcoming calendar year in any of the following four fields:

  • Business continuity and disaster recovery
  • Cybersecurity
  • Governance, risk and compliance
  • Physical security

Applicants must be a resident of the following upper Midwest states:

  • Iowa
  • Minnesota
  • North Dakota
  • South Dakota
  • Wisconsin

UMSA board members, UMSA Foundation and/or UMSA committee members, and immediate family of these individuals (where immediate family is defined as spouse or child) are not eligible.

Selection Criteria

Scholarships will be selected for award based on the following criteria:

  • Applicant’s ability to align with UMSA’s goals, mission and vision
  • Quality of writing/essay response
  • Personal goals and/or program of study relevant to at least one or more of the four fields mentioned above
  • Phone interview

Deadlines

All applications must be received online using the submission button above. The deadline to submit applications is February 28, 2022. Upon initial review, the UMSA scholarship committee may invite finalists to a phone interview during the month of March.

Winner Announcements and Awards

The recipients of the 2022 UMSA scholarships will be notified in April 2022 and invited to receive recognition during the May 2022 Secure360 Twin Cities Conference at which time they will receive their scholarship dollars. Recipients may also be recognized at additional UMSA events during 2022 as schedules permit.

Questions?

Contact Marie Strawser, UMSA managing director: director@umsa-security.org