Scholarship Fundraising Events

Secure Diversity Scholarship Fundraising Events

The cybersecurity skills shortage is a growing crisis facing organizations, with experts predicting more than three million job openings around the world by 2021. Current data from CyberSeek indicates more than 313,000 cybersecurity jobs are open in the U.S.

Secure Diversity established these scholarships to encourage new talent to join the industry and close this growing security skills gap, Secure Diversity launched its Scholarship Program in 2017. The program has expanded in 2020 with the help of the Secure Diversity community and organizations that seek to create a diverse, equitable and inclusive workforce.

Organizations that embrace diversity, equitability and inclusion have a competitive advantage over those that don’t. In fact, Forbes recently reported that diverse, inclusive companies are 35 percent more likely to have financial returns above national industry medians. While the business case for diversity, equitability and inclusion is clear, the roadmap for getting started often isn’t.

The Secure Diversity Scholarship Program is designed to guide aspiring security professionals through a progressive career path. Highlighting the numerous cybersecurity career opportunities, the scholarships give recipients the skills, credentials and experience needed to secure a professional-level cybersecurity position. Selection criteria vary by scholarship but exclusively focus on those seeking a career in cybersecurity.

Scholarship Overview & Goals:

This initiative brings together a diverse group of executives from all industry verticals to help Secure Diversity & (ISC)2 send:

  • Scholarship recipients to HCISSP training & Certification
  • Scholarship recipients to CISSP training & Certification


The HCISPP certification is best for aspiring medical records supervisors, compliance officers, IT security managers, and risk analysts. This professional certification requires at least two years of experience, but if you’re a recent graduate or new to health IT, you can become an Associate of (ISC) for HCISPP, which only requires the exam.


The CISSP certification is ideal for professionals who work or want to work in information systems security. In any profession that requires the transfer and curation of patent data and confidential records, it’s helpful to have experience keeping information secure. This certification requires five years of paid full-time experience in the field, but one year may be waived with a four-year degree.

Scholarship Personas:

  • Gender – Women
  • Gender – Nonconformity
  • Socio-Economic
  • Handicapped
  • Underrepresented Minorities
“We believe good humans empowered with the right education can beat the bad humans,” said Kyle F. Kennedy, Secure Diversity President. “Businesses small and large, governments, and organizations everywhere are struggling to find the talent they need to keep their products, services and data safe from attacks. We hope these scholarships will encourage new talent to join us in the fight against cybercrime.”

“Our Scholarship Target is $100,000 for our organization to send attendees from our events in 2020 to Business & Career Intelligence Training from Secure Diversity with CISSP OR HCISSP training from our strategic partner (ISC)2.

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