SILVER SPRING, Md.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Security Industry Association (SIA), the nonprofit association representing global security companies, and University of Phoenix today announced the Security Industry Association Scholarship Program. Through the SIA Scholarship Program, 10 full-tuition scholarships will be offered to full-time employees of SIA member companies to work toward an undergraduate or graduate degree from University of Phoenix.
“The SIA Scholarship Program provides employees of SIA member companies with an unparalleled opportunity to enhance their careers through achievement in higher education,” said SIA CEO Don Erickson. “This opportunity represents precisely the sort of value SIA strives to provide its members, and I am very grateful to University of Phoenix for working with us to help change the lives of 10 ambitious individuals.”
University of Phoenix continues to focus on meeting educational needs across industries. The security sector is formidable, with an estimated $410 billion annual market in the United States alone1, further emphasizing the need to make career-relevant education available in this industry.
“The Security Industry Association is one of the leaders in the security industry, and University of Phoenix College of Information Systems and Technology is proud to partner with SIA to offer higher education opportunities to employees of its member companies,” said Dennis Bonilla, executive dean, University of Phoenix, College of Information Systems and Technology. “These employees are advancing the future of the security industry, and University of Phoenix has the career-relevant curriculum, experienced faculty and career resources available to help them continue to be innovators.”
Three essays and a letter of recommendation will be required of all applicants. High importance will be placed on the applicant’s desire to advance in their education, with an emphasis on enhancing their careers, and their impact in the security industry in which they reside. Applicants must submit their materials by Jan. 10, 2017; however, SIA and University of Phoenix will stop accepting applications once 150 qualified submissions have been received.
Recipients of the scholarship will be notified by March 2, 2017. All applicants with a submitted application will be notified of the status of the scholarship by the award date via email, regardless if selected as a recipient or not.
For more information about University of Phoenix programs, including on-time completion rates, the median debt incurred by students who completed the program and other important information, please visit phoenix.edu/programs/gainful-employment.
Prospective scholars are invited to complete and submit an online application at www.phoenix.edu/siascholar. A full list of rules and eligibility criteria are available at www.securityindustry.org/siascholar.
About the Security Industry Association
The Security Industry Association (SIA) (www.securityindustry.org) is the leading trade association for global security solution providers, with nearly 700 innovative member companies representing thousands of security leaders and experts who shape the future of the security industry. SIA protects and advances its members' interests by advocating pro-industry policies and legislation at the federal and state levels; creating open industry standards that enable integration; advancing industry professionalism through education and training; opening global market opportunities; and collaboration with other like-minded organizations. As a proud sponsor of ISC Events expos and conferences, SIA ensures its members have access to top-level buyers and influencers, as well as unparalleled learning and network opportunities. SIA also enhances the position of its members in the security marketplace through SIA Government Summit, which brings together private industry with government decision makers, and Securing New Ground®, the security industry's top executive conference for peer-to-peer networking.
About University of Phoenix
University of Phoenix is constantly innovating to help working adults move efficiently from education to careers in a rapidly changing world. Flexible schedules, relevant and engaging courses, and interactive learning can help students more effectively pursue career and personal aspirations while balancing their busy lives. As a subsidiary of Apollo Education Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: APOL), University of Phoenix serves a diverse student population, offering associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs from campuses and learning centers across the U.S., as well as online throughout the world. For more information, visit www.phoenix.edu.