RISE Scholarships

2018 RISE Scholarship Winners$15,000 in Scholarships for Young Professionals

The Security Industry Association (英雄联盟比赛押注app) created the RISE scholarship program to support the education and career development goals of young security professionals RISE just like you. The RISE scholarship program is open to 英雄联盟比赛押注app student members and RISE members who are employees of 英雄联盟比赛押注app 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.)鈥


  • Five - $3,000 scholarships for continuing education and professional development
  • Open to 英雄联盟比赛押注app student members and RISE members who are employees of 英雄联盟比赛押注app member companies

How the Scholarship Can Be Used

Recipients may choose to apply the scholarship to any of the following courses or programs:

  • 英雄联盟比赛押注app program offerings (e.g., Security Project Management training seminars, Securing New Ground conference, 英雄联盟比赛押注app 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

鈥婳fficial 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.

  1. Each applicant must be either 1) a 英雄联盟比赛押注app student member or 2) a RISE program member and an employee of a 英雄联盟比赛押注app member company. (Not a RISE member yet? Start by visiting our RISE information page or emailing Katie Greatti. Unsure if your employer is a 英雄联盟比赛押注app member? Check our member directory or contact membership@securityindustry.org.)
  2. Each applicant must have at least 1 year of professional experience in the security industry.
  3. Each applicant must be a full-time employee of a 英雄联盟比赛押注app 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.
  4. 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 英雄联盟比赛押注app to award a scholarship to the applicant.
  5. Current officers, directors and key employees of 英雄联盟比赛押注app and the immediate families of 英雄联盟比赛押注app 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. 聽An essay answering the following questions:
  • Write a personal statement on why you chose to apply for the RISE scholarship, how the money earned would be utilized, and how your education will contribute to your long term career plans. (250 words max)
  • Where do you see the industry going within the next 5-10 years? Describe what your ideal industry growth path looks like? (250 words max)
  • What is your most rewarding accomplishment thus far in your career? (250 words max)
  • What makes you stand out from others in the industry?聽 (250 words max)
  • If you were part of a team, would you consider yourself a coach, captain, or all-star? Why?聽 (250 words max)
  1. 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 鈥淐ommittee鈥) will consist of volunteers from the 英雄联盟比赛押注app 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鈥檚 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鈥檚 application.

鈥婼election Process

  1. Only those applicants who meet the eligibility criteria and submit their completed applications and supporting documentation on or before the deadline (鈥渜ualified applications鈥) will be considered in the selection process.
  2. It is the applicant鈥檚 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鈥檚 application and supporting materials.
  4. The scholarship award will be based on the Committee鈥檚 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 英雄联盟比赛押注app 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:

Fulfilled all eligibility requirementsUp to 10 points
ReferencesUp to 10 points
EssayUp to 50 points (Each quetion is worth 10 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鈥

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.


The 2020 deadline to submit your completed application for the 英雄联盟比赛押注app RISE Scholarship is Friday, Nov. 13.

Award Redemption

Each recipient must enroll in the approved course within 12 months of being awarded the scholarship and coordinate with 英雄联盟比赛押注app for course fee payment. 英雄联盟比赛押注app will pay for course/program enrollment on recipient鈥檚 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.


2020 英雄联盟比赛押注app RISE Scholarship Winners

Dr. Hanna Farah, Chief Technology Officer (CTO), Feenics

Hanna Farah

Hanna Farah

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鈥檚 degree and a bachelor鈥檚 degree in software engineering from the University of Ottawa.

Farah plans to use the 英雄联盟比赛押注app RISE Scholarship to develop further knowledge to build a robust security program at Feenics that ensures the company鈥檚 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

Kyle Gansemer

Kyle Gansemer

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鈥檚 degree in aerospace engineering from Iowa State University and CompTIA鈥檚 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 鈥 EMEIA & APAC, Allegion

Suzanne Holmberg

Suzanne Holmberg

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鈥檚 degree in business administration from the University of South Carolina and is currently enrolled in the Global Executive MBA program at Duke University鈥檚 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

Nelson Jenkins

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鈥檚 CSSI program.

Jenkins holds a bachelor鈥檚 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

Jessica Sargo

Jessica Sargo

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鈥檚 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.