SANS Institute (SANS), the global leader in cybersecurity training and certifications, is donating SANS training and GIAC certification testing to a scholarship with the Rural Technology Fund (RTF), an organization that works to narrow the digital divide between rural and urban areas.
The RTF cybersecurity scholarship is provided through a partnership with SANS Institute, is awarded to up to three students from a rural community anywhere in the United States. In addition to a $1,000 cash award for education expenses, the recipients of this scholarship will have the opportunity to take up to two cybersecurity SANS training courses and the two corresponding GIAC certification exams.
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“SANS is excited to support the Rural Technology Fund and their initiative in helping young students in rural communities prepare them for careers in IT and cybersecurity specifically,” said Sonny Sandelius, Assistant Director, SANS Workforce Programs. “We look forward to seeing these scholarship recipients excel in the SANS courses, which will provide them with great technical knowledge and solid hands-on cybersecurity skills preparing them for future careers in the field.”
To be considered for this scholarship, the student must have grown up in a rural area or attended a rural high school. The candidate must be planning to attend college to pursue a degree in a computer technology-related field, with a focus on security. This scholarship is awarded based upon answers to a series of essay questions that are designed to gauge the student’s passion for cybersecurity and insight into the field, as well as the student’s sense of community and pride in their rural community.
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