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ESET Announces Ninth Annual Women in Cybersecurity Scholarship in North America

ESET continues to #InspireInclusion by awarding four scholarships to North American women studying in a STEM field

SAN DIEGO and TORONTO, March 8, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — As the global community reflects on the importance of amplifying women’s voices and the demand for better representation in all fields on this International Women’s Day, global cybersecurity leader, ESET, is kicking off its ninth annual Women in Cybersecurity Scholarship.  

To embrace and encourage women to join this rapidly evolving industry, which continues to face a massive shortage of applicants, ESET will once again heed the call to “#InspireInclusion” through this scholarship, which will award $20,000 USD to two women in the United States and $10,000 CAD to two women in Canada this year.

Celeste Blodgett, Vice President of Human Resources at ESET, launched the program in 2016 and is excited to continue paving the way for more women to enter cybersecurity and STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields. “At ESET, we embrace a culture of inclusion and equity,” she emphasized. “Each year, we support and empower women through the ESET Women in Cybersecurity Scholarship, enabling them to pursue their passions in cybersecurity and STEM. This initiative is crucial as we strive to dismantle entry barriers into the field and nurture the next generation of female cybersecurity experts.”

Findings of the 2023 Cybersecurity Workforce Study conducted by (ISC)2 demonstrate that the majority of professionals in the cybersecurity sector are male, with women representing merely 26% of the workforce under the age of thirty. While the participation of women in the field is on the rise, there is significant progress yet to be made in fostering a more inclusive cybersecurity community.

Applications are now being accepted and are due by April 5, 2024, at 11:59 p.m. PT. ESET will be awarding two women in the United States scholarships worth $10,000 USD each, and two women in Canada scholarships worth $5,000 CAD each. Those who are ineligible to apply are encouraged to share this opportunity with friends and family.

“When we inspire others to recognize and encourage women’s inclusion in the cybersecurity field, we contribute to a better world,” said Blodgett. “When women are motivated to actively participate, a sense of belonging, relevance, and empowerment emerges. This allows us to collaboratively forge a more inclusive world for women.”

ESET will award scholarships to four women who are currently enrolled in graduate or undergraduate programs in North America, majoring in a STEM field of study. The graduate/undergraduate program does not have to be a “cybersecurity” program; however, in your application, you should outline your aspiration to have a career in the cybersecurity industry.

ESET has decided to forego the minimum GPA requirement, so anyone can apply!

What do I submit / How do I submit my application?
Applicants can apply and learn more about the scholarships by visiting our application pages. If you’re a US student, you can apply here; if you’re a Canadian student, apply here.

Applicants are required to submit a personal essay detailing their professional experiences, such as early education and employment, that have motivated their pursuit of a STEM career, as well as offering advice on how they expect a company like ESET can help inspire the next generation of women to pursue careers in STEM. Personal insights shared in essays are appreciated.

To ensure fairness and impartiality, all submissions undergo a redaction process, maintaining anonymity for the grading committee. While transparency is valued, applicants are encouraged to focus primarily on addressing the essay question and minimize the inclusion of personally identifiable information.

What is the deadline for submission?

Submissions will be accepted from March 8, 2024April 5, 2024, at 11:59PM EST.
ESET will announce the winners in May 2024.

Additional details

  • Essays may be submitted in English or Spanish for US students.
  • Essays may be submitted in English or French for Canadian students.
  • Applicants are encouraged to focus primarily on addressing the essay question and minimize the inclusion of personally identifiable information.
  • Finalists may be required to supply additional personal or professional references.
  • Judging is conducted by a panel of ESET staff and cybersecurity experts.
  • Winners will be asked to provide a photo of themselves, which may be used for promotional purposes.
  • If the application or essays are incomplete, they won’t be considered.
  • Immediate family members or dependents of ESET employees are not eligible to participate.

Questions? Email us at [email protected] [US-only inquiries] or [email protected] [Canada-only inquiries] with any questions, and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

About ESET

For more than 30 years, ESET® has been developing industry-leading IT security software and services to protect businesses, critical infrastructure and consumers worldwide from increasingly sophisticated digital threats. From endpoint and mobile security to endpoint detection and response, as well as encryption and multifactor authentication, ESET’s high-performing, easy-to-use solutions unobtrusively protect and monitor 24/7, updating defenses in real time to keep users safe and businesses running without interruption. Evolving threats require an evolving IT security company that enables the safe use of technology. This is backed by ESET’s R&D centers worldwide, working in support of our shared future. For more information, visit www.eset.com or follow us on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter.


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