Vector Security Inc., a provider of intelligent mobile security and automation solutions to homes and businesses, is accepting applications for its Loss Prevention Foundation (LPF) scholarship program from now through March 31. Applications can be submitted via the Vector Security website.
The scholarships provide financial support to loss prevention professionals — or those who have an interest in loss prevention — seeking to obtain LPQ and LPC certifications. Vector Security began awarding the scholarships in 2009 in support of career development and continuing education for professionals in this important and rapidly growing industry.
“As the security needs of multi-site businesses continue to change, including the need to integrate IT and network solutions into loss prevention more closely, it becomes increasingly important for LP professionals to stay current on industry trends and solutions,” said Michael T. Grady, LPC, executive vice president, Vector Security Networks. “Continuing education and certification, such as LPQ and LPC, in this field will help LP professionals meet the challenges of their profession, while providing the best talent.”
“We value the contributions loss prevention professionals make to this industry and our commitment to this profession remains strong,” Grady said. “Through our scholarship program, we’re honored to assist individuals who otherwise may be hindered by the costs associated with obtaining this certification.”
Vector Security has awarded 231 scholarships totaling $233,460 since the program began in 2009. The scholarships cover all course and examination fees for retail loss prevention professionals who wish to obtain LPF’s Loss Prevention Qualified (LPQ) or Loss Prevention Certified (LPC) certifications.
In 2012, the scholarship program was expanded into Canada and will continue this year as well. A total of 10 LPQ and 10 LPC scholarships will be awarded to U.S.-based professionals, while another five LPC scholarships will be awarded to Canadian-based professionals.
Anyone currently in the loss prevention industry, or who has an interest in the industry, may apply for an LPQ scholarship. Those applying for the LPC scholarship must meet certain eligibility requirements.