This year, the ASIS Foundation awarded 54 scholarships totaling more than $38,000 — including 34 scholarships for ASIS certifications that were awarded to ASIS members in 15 countries and six academic scholarships awarded to students pursuing careers in security management.
“The ASIS Foundation has no greater mission than to position security professionals for long term success,” said Cy Oatridge, president, ASIS Foundation board of trustees. “The Foundation is grateful for the support of our partners, as we strive to strengthen our profession for the years to come.”
These scholarships were made possible by the support of individuals, ASIS chapters and supporting organizations like Securitas and the International Foundation for Protection Officers (IFPO). For the first time, the ASIS Foundation partnered with IFPO to award 14 scholarships for IFPO’s Certified Protection Officer (CPO) and Certified in Security Supervision and Management (CSSM) programs.
“Industry specific professional certifications are becoming more valuable than some degree programs,” said Sandi Davies, executive director, IFPO. “It delights us to partner with the ASIS Foundation to offer scholarships to deserving candidates, fast tracking their path to become future industry leaders.”
In addition to scholarship programs, the Foundation also awarded the following grants to promote excellence in security practice:
- The Public-Private Partnership Grant in honor of Matthew Simeone, made possible by the support of the ASIS Law Enforcement Liaison Council, is a $4,000 grant awarded to a full-service law enforcement agency in support of an active partnership with the private sector. The 2019 recipient of this grant is the Hennepin County Sherriff’s Office (HCSO) in Minneapolis, Minn., in recognition of their HCSO Shield information sharing program. With more than 1,300 registered members, the HCSO Shield program is the largest Shield network outside of the New York Police Department.
- The Security Education Grant in honor of Roy Bordes provides up to $10,000 in support of an ASIS chapter’s efforts to conduct a two-day, locally delivered security education program. The 2019 grant was awarded to the ASIS Asunción Paraguay chapter. The chapter’s resulting security management training will take place in 2020.
The full list of 2019 ASIS Foundation scholarship and grant recipients is available on the ASIS website. The application window for 2020 scholarship and grant applications will be open Feb. 1 – April 15, 2020. Learn more at asisfoundation.org.