Computer science students claim experience is more worthy than qualifications
Computer science students claim experience is more worthy than qualifications

Information security scholarships for 2013 have been launched by (ISC)2 for undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate students.

Offering the opportunity to pursue a career in the field of information security, (ISC)2 is supplying $145,000 (£91,000) for 2013 information security scholarships. Completed submissions will be accepted between 1st January 2013 and 31st March 2013.

The 2013 scholarship categories include: two women's scholarships totalling up to $40,000 (£25,000); grants of up to $5,000 (£3,000) for undergraduates; and seed funding grants of $3,000 (£1,800) for up to eight graduate research projects.

Patrick Katamba, 2012 recipient of the (ISC)2 foundation undergraduate scholarship and studying at the London Metropolitan University, is one of two recent recipients studying in the UK.

He said: “Information security is my profession of choice. I've consciously focused myself in this area to gain expertise and knowledge simultaneously in this field. Ethical hacking and network security are of special interest to me.

“In order to pay for my university course fees and living expenses, I'm currently working as a part-time junior IT support technician. Though the experience is invaluable, the finances obtained can only go so far to cover my study expenses. This scholarship will greatly help me in dealing with all the financial constraints I will encounter in achieving my goal of becoming a certified information security professional.”

Julie Peeler, director of the (ISC)2 foundation, said: “These scholarships demonstrate our investment and commitment to filling the pipeline of qualified information security professionals.

“These scholarships are aimed at encouraging not only entry into the workforce but more academic participation within this industry to help fulfil this growing need.”